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Zimbabwe press freedom suffers under pandemic

On July 30, as Zimbabweans prepared to launch a nation-wide demonstration against government corruption, armed police raided the house of investigative journalist Mduduzi Mathuthu in Bulawayo. As he was not there, police arrested his sister. The warrant issued for Mathuthu’s arrest said that he was wanted in connection with “organising and advocating for illegal demonstrations [...]

Draconian measures threaten Jordan press freedom

The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, today condemned the ban imposed by the Jordanian government on media organizations on reporting about the teachers’ strike. On July 25, the attorney general issued a comprehensive publishing ban on reporting the situation, the impact of which [...]

The Covid-19 crisis highlights Greece’s media problem

This article is part of IPI's series "Media freedom in the shadow of Covid". During the lockdown that followed the Covid-19 outbreak, the Greek government allocated €20 million to media outlets for them to carry “Stay at Home” public health messages. It outsourced the distribution of these funds to a private media shop company, thereby [...]

Anwar Jan Baloch, Pakistan

Anwar Jan Baloch, a reporter of  the daily paper Naveed-e-Pakistan, was shot dead by unidentified assailants in  Nahar Kot area of  the Barkhan district of Balochistan on July 23. Police arrested a provincial minister and his bodyguards. Anwar had been writing about corruption issues and also posting stories on social media.

Eduardo Ochoa, Mexico

Eduardo Ochoa, 29, a freelance journalist was shot dead by unidentified assailants outside his house on August 5, in the city of Uruapan, in the western state of Michoacan. Ochoa, who covered security matters, had received death threats from local criminals and wanted to quit the profession. Police are investigating the murder.

Al Jazeera’s Kuala Lumpur office raided by police

The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and journalists for press freedom today (August 4) condemned the raid on Al Jazeera’s Kuala Lumpur offices by Malaysian police. According to Al Jazeera, two computers were seized in the raid, which came after local authorities announced an investigation into Al Jazeera for [...]

MFRR renews call for justice in Kuciak murder ahead of verdict

UPDATE: The verdict hearing scheduled for August 5 has been cancelled. The court has rescheduled it for 3 September. The MFRR will continue to follow the case. The Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) today renewed its call for justice for Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová, as a court in Pezinok prepares [...]

Pablo Morrugares, Mexico

Pablo Morrugares of news website PM Noticias, was shot dead by an unidentified gunmen, as he was dining at a restaurant along with his police bodyguard on August 2  in the Mexican city of Iguala in the southwestern state of Guerrero. The journalist had survived an assassination attempt in 2016. Police are investigating the case.

IPI-Bericht: Indexvorstand tritt zurück: Ein weiterer Schlag für Ungarns Medien

Die Pressefreiheit in Ungarn steht erneut unter Beschuss. Der Chefredakteur von Index.hu, dem größten und einflussreichsten Medium der noch verbliebenen unabhängigen Nachrichtendienste des Landes, wurde Anfang dieser Woche entlassen, nur einen Monat nachdem das Nachrichtenportal erklärt hatte, dass seine Unabhängigkeit durch Druck von außen gefährdet sei. Heute traten die gesamte Redaktion und 70 weitere Journalisten [...]

Hong Kong press freedom enters threatening new era

MISSED THE EVENT? WATCH THE VIDEO RECORDING HERE One month after its enactment, China’s “national security” law (NSL) for Hong Kong continues to induce an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty. Passed unanimously by the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress on June 30, the new law’s amorphously defined criminal offenses quelled the [...]