Nigeria: Cybercrime Law threatens Press freedom, Internet freedom

No one is safe from prosecution under Nigeria’s  laws criminalizing free speech, said YARPTI.  Nigerian  authorities  are  subjecting  bloggers,activists and journalists  to trials for exercising their right to freedom of speech.Nigerian authorities have used the accusation of cyber stalking to harass and press charges against online critics. Cyber stalking, which falls under Section 24 of the act, carries a fine […]

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Thailand: YARPTI frowns at suspension on TV station for criticizing Army

The Youths for Human Rights Protection strongly  condemn the 27 March 2017 National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) order suspending VOICE TV’s license to operate for seven days starting midnight on Tuesday. YARPTI sees the  shutdown of VOICE TV  as an  attack on freedom of opinion, which is the inviolable component of the right to free expression. Press freedom guarantees […]

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Nigeria: Imo Media Regulation Bill: Miivoc Plans 100,000 Man March In Owerri

A Civil Society organisation, Media Initiative against Injustice, Violence and Corruption-MIIVOC, says it plans a one hundred thousand man-march in Owerri, Imo State capital against the proposed bill to gag the media in the state by the State Assembly, describing it as anti-masses. MIIVOC Executive Director, Dr. Walter Duru disclosed this in a Statement issued in Owerri, Imo State Friday. […]

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Uzbekistan: Political Prisoner Free After 19 Years

Rustam Usmanov, a peaceful political activist imprisoned arbitrarily in Uzbekistan for 19 years and brutally tortured, was finally freed on February 13, 2017, at the end of his prison term, Human Rights Watch said today. Usmanov, 69, a founder of Uzbekistan’s first private bank and a vocal government critic, had been imprisoned since 1998. In 2012, days before his original […]

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Saudi Arabia: Intensified Repression of Writers, Activists

Saudi Arabia has stepped up arrests, prosecutions, and convictions of peaceful dissident writers and human rights advocates in 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. In January, a Saudi court sentenced two prominent activists to long jail terms, accusing them of being in contact with international media and human rights organizations. The authorities jailed two others, one of whom remains in […]

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Nigeria: YARPTI condemns DSS invasion of CoreTV

The Youths for Human Rights Protection and Transparency Initiative (YARPTI) condemns in strong terms the intimidation meted out on workers of CoreTV, a cable and satelite broadcaster in Abuja  while its premises was invaded by some Security men believed to be from the State Security Service on Friday and broadcasting and other related equipments were carted  away. Olajide Adediran, the […]

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North Korea: Celebrations Hide Human Rights Violations

(Seoul) – January 8 celebrations planned for the 33rd birthday of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un only spotlight the daily reality of terrible human rights abuses North Koreans face, Human Rights Watch said today. The annual celebrations are filled with obligatory songs, dances, and praise for the Kim family’s notoriously brutal rule. “Kim Jong-Un rules based on fear and repression, […]

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Zambia: Closure of independent newspaper a ploy to crackdown on freedom of the press

The decision to shut down the independent newspaper, The Post, is a deliberate ploy to silence the media ahead of the election, said Amnesty International today. “The closure of The Post newspaper is a disturbing development clearly designed to silence critical media voices” Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s Director for Southern Africa Zambian authorities ordered the closure of the publishing company, […]

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