The ICT Act is now allegedly routinely used to suppress freedom of speech and harass writers, activists and journalists, often for their comments on social media.
The arrests of eight of Turkey’s most respected human rights defenders and two European information technology trainers have been called “a repressive new low for the Turkish state”
A selection of cartoons published by The Irrawaddy over the course of four years, which reflect the media milestones and hardships experienced in Myanmar.
Main opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu said his 25-day march from Ankara to Istanbul, ending in Sunday’s rally, was the first stage of a long campaign.
UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression David Kaye claimed this demand of the Saudi-led coalition against Qatar was a blow against media pluralism in the Middle East.
With no end in sight to the war in Yemen, journalists fear they will continue to face risks that threaten their safety and freedom.
For decades, media organisations in the Northeast and Kashmir have been fighting for their right to exist and speak freely, without any support from the national media.
In the first episode of Media Bol, senior journalist Urmilesh, The Wire’s founding editor M.K. Venu and media advisor to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ashok Tandon discuss press freedom.
Confusion over what ‘free speech’ means stems from equating the two different senses in which it is used: free as in unconstrained, and free in the sense of not having a price or cost.
The Emergency, imposed 42 years ago this month, holds lessons for the Indian media.
A free press guarantees the critical space where people respond to the government’s declarations and methods, and voice their criticism and dissent. To governmentalise the press through coercion would mean dissolving that space.
Senior journalists and other eminent citizens have unequivocally viewed the targeting of NDTV as Modi government’s attack against critical media.
Threats, political intimidation and arrests are common place for those posting content criticising the government, even under the administration of Nobel prizewinner Suu Kyi.
The government is seeking to muzzle media that is critical of the regime.
Mexico is one of the deadliest countries in the world to be a journalist, and five reporters have been killed since March, making press freedom an issue.
Refugee journalists need support, but they bring to the newsrooms the invaluable knowledge of the countries they come from.
Under Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rule, Turkey has jailed more than a hundred journalists since the failed coup last year.
Sonali Samarasinghe, a former journalist and widow of a Sri Lankan journalist killed in 2009, talks about what the UN can do amid the increasing attacks on journalists worldwide.
Female journalists, bloggers and other media actors disproportionally experience gender-related threats on the internet, which impacts their safety and future online activities.
The Hoot’s annual report on freedom of speech takes a comprehensive look at the sad state of affairs in India when it comes to press freedoms or societal freedom.
In its report, the Committee to Protect Journalists has documented a range of censorship cases and revealed a new complex world of media repression.
The Mongolian government denies seeking to muzzle the press, saying the country is a democracy that values the freedom of the media.
Sandhya Ravishankar has been receiving threats and abusive messages ever since she published a four-part exposé on the sand mafia in The Wire.
The media is meant to report the truth, but the structure and vested interests of the Indian press have stopped that from happening.
The decision to put on hold the ban on NDTV India is a threat only half withdrawn because of the nationwide protests. The Modi government continues to create a toxic discourse around national security with the idea of nibbling at various freedoms guaranteed under the constitution.
Officials said that the decision has been put on hold until the time NDTV’s appeal for review is dealt with.
Why the I&B ministry’s allegation that NDTV India endangered the lives of civilians and security forces personnel after the Pathankot attack is inconsistent.
The organisation claimed the censorship imposed on the Hindi channel by the government was reminiscent of the Emergency and demanded an immediate withdrawal of the ban.
To promote transparency, the UN has proposed a Freedom of Information Act to help journalists access information, along with the creation of a UN special envoy to ensure the safety of journalists worldwide.
According to the Impunity Index, between 1992 and July 2016, 27 Indian journalists were murdered due to their work.
The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) overturned its previous decision and granted consultative status to the Committee to Protect Journalists.