Crackdown on journalists
Algerian journalist Mohamed Moulouj placed in pre-trial detention on terrorism charges

Mohamed Mouloudj faces charges such as spreading false news, harming national unity, and belonging to a terrorist group. The authorities also arrested several prominent civil society figures, including academics, journalists and a Hirak activist  

Kashmir journalists Journalists and media organizations condemn crackdown on press in Kashmir

Local and international bodies have condemned the September 8 police raids in Srinagar targeting senior journalists Hilal Mir (44), Shah Abbas (50), Showkat Motta (52) and Azhar Qadri (34)

Moroccan journalist ends hunger strike against illegal detention after 122 days

Soulaimane Raissouni’s trial has been called “unfair” and one of the many “arbitrary and abusive prosecutions” by the Moroccan authorities against journalists critical of the government

Moroccan journalist Suleiman Raissouni’s health deteriorates severely after 112 days of hunger strike

Raissouni was held in pre-trial detention for more than a year before he was eventually convicted and sentenced to five years in prison on sexual assault charges following a trial termed “flawed” and “not justice” by human rights groups

Press freedom index Middle East-North Africa most dangerous for journalists, says RSF’s 2021 press freedom index

Press freedoms in almost 75% of the 180 countries evaluated in the index have significantly declined. This has been aggravated by the COVID-19 outbreak which many countries have used as justification for exercising more control over the news media

TAP CEO resigns Tunisia Tunisian state news agency’s new CEO resigns after journalists protest

Journalists of the state-owned Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP) had protested the appointment of Kamel Ben Younes due to its political nature and his record as a propagandist of the Zine El Abidine Ben Ali regime

Tunisia journalists attacked Protesting journalists at Tunisian state news agency face police violence

The journalists’ union, in coordination with labor unions, has called for a general strike on April 22 to protest what they claim is a politically motivated appointment to the post of the Chief Executive Officer of the state news agency, TAP

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