Opposition lawmakers in Poland block parliament to protest media rules

Opposition lawmakers in Poland sang the national anthem and chanted ‘Free media’ in protest at planned limits on journalists. Work on the state budget was blocked for several hours. The protest was the first of its kind in the parliamentary chamber in a decade. It began as a single opposition MP, Michal Szczerba, walked to the parliamentary […]

Al Jazeera condemns Egypt death sentences

Media network and other organisations strongly condemn the death sentence for espionage against two of its employees. Al Jazeera has strongly condemned the death sentence for espionage against two of the network’s journalists by an Egyptian court, in what human rights groups have dismissed as a politicised case and a sham trial. The court on […]

Free my Father, the World’s Longest Imprisoned Journalist

By Aigul Bekzhanova My name is Aigul, and I am writing to you about my father, imprisoned journalist Muhammad Bekzhanov. My father is the world’s longest imprisoned journalist, together with his codefendant Yusuf Ruzimuradov from the same paper, jailed at the same time in 1999. My father’s crime? He dared to speak the truth about […]

Sanity, Sound Economics and Press Freedom Return to Argentina Following Presidential Election

Jerry Nelson In the middle of double-digit inflation and a failing economy, Argentina tossed victory into the hands of 56-year old Buenos Aires Mayor Mauricio Macri. Macri defeated current President Cristina Kirchner’s chosen lapdog, 58-year old Daniel Scioli. The margin of victory, less than 5 points, doesn’t give Macri a mandate, but it may help […]

Hague prosecutor demands prison, fine for Lebanese journalist

A journalist who ignored a court order to take down videos that risked exposing the identities of witnesses in the case of Lebanese prime minister Rafik al-Hariri’s murder should serve a year in prison, a Hague prosecutor said on Monday. Television reporter Karma al-Khayat was convicted of contempt of court 10 days ago for ignoring […]

Another Pakistani Journalist Killed In Karachi

Senior journalist Aftab Alam was killed in a gun attack near his home in Karachi’s North Karachi neighbourhood on Wednesday, television reports said. Unknown assailants opened fire on Alam near his home in North Karachi’s Sector 11-C. Alam was rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where doctors declared him dead after an external examination. Later, […]

Egypt journalists face jail for reporting non-government terrorism statistics

New law awaiting presidential approval outlaws the publication of ‘false news or data about any terrorist operations that contradicts official statements’ Egypt was accused of making a savage assault on free speech on Sunday, after its cabinet drafted a law that criminalises the reporting of terrorism statistics that differ from those the government provides. Under […]

Pakistani journalist shot dead

Zafarullah Jatak is the first Pakistani journalist to be killed this year. A Pakistani journalist was shot dead at his home by unindentified gunmen on Sunday, according to local news reports. Zafarullah Jatak, a correspondent for Urdu language daily Intekhab, was murdered in his sleep when assailants stormed into his house and open fired. Police […]

Pakistan’s Media is Silent as Hundreds Protest Government Gag on Bol News Group

The government of Pakistan has placed a gag order on the company behind Bol, a brand new, well-financed Pakistani media outlet that gave co-ownership to journalists. Issued by the Ministry of Information, the gag puts in jeopardy the future of two thousand employees of Bol, which was scheduled to launch in just a few weeks. […]