FIFA to Investigate BBC Staff Arrest, Imprisonment for Qatar World Cup Reporting

FIFA will investigate the arrest and the detention of BBC staff who were apprehended in Qatar while reporting on the difficulties faced by migrant workers ahead of the 2022 World Cup. Dan Roan of BBC Sport confirmed the football governing body’s intentions on Monday: The BBC’s Mark Lobel went to Qatar to report on 2022 […]

Pakistan and Syria Loom Large in Violence which Killed 118 Journalists and Media Staff in 2014, Says IFJ

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today said that 118 journalists and media staff were killed in work-related targeted or cross fire incidents in 2014, an increase of 13 killings from last year. 17 more died in road and natural disasters accidents while on assignments. According to the 24th IFJ annual list, Asia Pacific had […]

Cameroon Suspends Critical Journalists

Cameroon officials have banned six journalists from exercising their profession and ordered a stop to several critical radio and TV programs. Cameroon’s National Communication Council said it suspended journalist Parfait Eyissi of Vision 4 TV, who anchors the program “Major Issues,” for insulting Martin Belinga Eboutou, director of the civil cabinet of Cameroon’s president. Ernest […]

Military Court bans Cameroonian Journalists from Practicing

Arison Tamfu The Military Tribunal in Cameroon`s political capital has barred two journalists from practicing until further notice. Félix Cyriaque Ebole Bola of Mutations newspaper and Rodrigue Tongue of Le Messager were given the embargo after they appeared before the Tribunal to answer charges relating to the security of the state. The journalists told reporters […]

In Bahrain, human rights defenders are under attack – but we won’t be deterred

Activists are being tortured and imprisoned for speaking freely. We need international pressure on Bahrain’s allies: the UK and US An anti-government march in A’ali, Bahrain, calling for freedom for political prisoners + democracy. An anti-government march in A’ali, Bahrain, calling for freedom for political prisoners and democracy. Photograph: Hasan Jamali/AP On Tuesday my sister, […]

Freedom of speech isn’t limitless – Zuma

Johannesburg – The government has recommitted itself to the recognition and protection of the freedom of expression, as enshrined in the constitution – as the controversial so-called secrecy bill remains unsigned by the president. Speaking to some of the country’s newspaper editors, foreign correspondents and veteran journalists at the Presidential Guest House in Pretoria to […]