Press freedom
Assange’s trial postponed after suspected COVID-19 exposure

The brief halt in the trial proceedings was prompted after it was revealed that a member of the prosecution team may have been exposed to COVID-19, posing risks to everyone attending

On Day 3 of Assange’s trial, defense builds case to prove political nature of US indictment

The defense presented two witnesses to point out how politically motivated the ongoing prosecution against Assange is and the threat it poses on press freedoms.

Khashoggi murder trial Saudi court revises sentence of convicts in Jamal Khashoggi murder case

The eight unidentified convicts in the Jamal Khashoggi murder case will spend between seven and 20 years in jail. Agnes Callamard, UN’s special rapporteur, welcomed the commuting of death sentences but called the judgement a parody of justice

RSF petition for Assange Reporters Without Borders petition against Assange’s extradition, raise concern over his health

Reporters Without Borders has called on the British government to respect press freedom and human rights in Assange’s trial and not comply with the US extradition request

US files second extradition request for Assange, could further delay hearings

Julian Assange’s lawyers have decried the move as “potentially abusive” and an attempt to delay the extradition hearings until after the elections

Hungarians rally for press freedom

Hungary is ranked the second-worst in the EU with regard to freedom of press by Reporters Without Borders. There have been a number of previous instances of pro-Orban forces and individuals gaining control over media outlets critical of the government.

Government crackdown on press continues in Philippines as Congress denies a license for ABS-CBN

In a vote at the congressional committee for franchises, pro-Duterte legislators blocked ABS-CBN franchise license over “political bias” against the president

Journalists tortured by police in Pakistan Torture of journalists triggers protests in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan State

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) in a statement called it completely unacceptable for representatives of the security forces to commit acts of torture against journalists reporting from the region

Sri Lanka harassment of journalists Rights groups condemn harassment of journalists in Sri Lanka 

Rights groups are rallying in solidarity with journalists being persecuted for exposing wrongs committed by the Sri Lankan government 

Journalist Maria Ressa convicted of libel, blow to press freedom in Philippines

Ressa, along with her colleague Reynaldo Santos Jr., were charged of ‘cyber libel’ under a contentious 2012 law by a multimillionaire businessman

Violent evictions in Bogotá, Colombia amid the coronavirus pandemic

Many question the motivation of the city government to evict the community amid the pandemic as they have been occupying the land for the last 20 years

nso pegasus Did the Indian government use Israeli spyware to target activists and journalists?

WhatsApp has filed a case against the NSO group, the Israeli developer of the Pegasus spyware which can be used to steal information from targets. At least 1,400 people were targeted with this spyware, according to WhatsApp

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