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Syrian Center for Media and Free Expression joins IPI

The International Press Institute (IPI) is pleased to welcome the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM), an NGO dedicated to protecting media freedom and supporting journalists’ rights in Syria, as an institutional member. SCM was founded in 2004 by renowned Syrian journalist and human rights defender Mazen Darwish and regularly reported on […]

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Denmark urged to repeal blasphemy law

Danish lawmakers should repeal the country’s outdated criminal blasphemy law, the International Press Institute (IPI) said today. Art. 140 of the Danish Criminal Code sanctions “mocking a person’s religion or the doctrine of a faith” with up to four months in prison. The provision had fallen out of use in recent years, but in February […]

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Turkey not alone in shielding leaders from criticism

Last Sunday, Turkish voters narrowly approved constitutional changes that observers fear will lead to authoritarian rule under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. While international election observers have criticised technical aspects of the vote, Erdoğan’s crackdown on the press – including the jailing of at least 150 journalists – and nurturing of a state propaganda machine had […]

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Tanzania leader’s aside on ‘limits’ of freedom raises fears

Tanzanian President John Magufuli’s ominous warning to journalists last month that press freedom had “limits” following a sequence of events that led to the firing of his information minister has raised new concerns about authoritarianism in the east African republic. Over the course of Magufuli’s nearly 18 months in office, newspapers have been shuttered, opposition rallies […]

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