Reporters Without Borders
Journalists protest Algeria Algerian journalists protest state persecution on World Press Freedom Day

A sustained and systematic campaign by the Algerian government has targeted journalists and news portals critical of its policies. Several journalists have been arbitrarily detained or face judicial persecution  

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

On second anniversary of Julian Assange’s arrest, demand for his freedom echoes around the world

Demonstrations and vigils are being held across the world demanding freedom for Julian Assange who continues to be in jail as US authorities challenge the rejection of their extradition plea

Algerian Supreme Court overturns conviction of journalist Khaled Drareni, orders retrial

Drareni was arrested last year in March and was detained without charge or trial while he was covering the Hirak protests in the country. He was charged with “inciting an unarmed gathering” and “endangering national unity”

Ethiopian federal forces capture Tigray region’s capital Mekelle; rebel forces vow to fight back

The Red Cross warns that the hospital treating the injured is “running dangerously low on sutures, antibiotics, anticoagulants, painkillers, and even gloves.”

Journalist Virgilio Maganes shot dead in Philippines, the 18th such murder during Duterte’s rule

62-year-old Virgilio Maganes was shot dead by unknown gunmen in the Pangasinan province on Tuesday. He had survived a similar attempt on his life in 2016

Algerian journalist prison sentence Algerian journalist Khaled Drareni’s prison term reduced but only by a year

The term of Algerian journalist Khaled Drareni, who was earlier sentenced to three years in prison, has been reduced by a year. Activists and journalists condemned the ruling, demanding his freedom

Police action against three Kashmiri journalists receives widespread condemnation

26-year-old photojournalist Masrat Zahra and senior journalists Peerzada Ashiq and Gowhar Geelani have been booked under various charges. Masrat and Geelani are in the dock for their social media posts according to the police

Cameroonian security forces launch yet another crackdown on opposition

Protests have been on in Cameroon since October when Paul Biya became president for the seventh time in an election the opposition called rigged. The latest crackdown saw the arrest of opposition leader Maurice Kamto, and firing on protesters

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