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Wikileaks
Wikileaks has developed an uncensorable Wikipedia for untraceable mass document leaking and analysis. Our primary interest is in exposing oppressive regimes in Asia, the former Soviet bloc, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, ...
Barrie Zwicker
Author, producer and social and political activist Barrie Zwicker has specialized in media criticism since 1970. Since the events of 9/11 he has become a leader in the "9/11Truth movement." Millions of people around the world (as ...

News Releases

Another arrest in growing crackdown on 64Tianwang website reporters
2015-06-29
Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders condemns this week’s arbitrary arrest of Yang Dongying, the latest victim of the Chinese government’s systematic persecution of citizen-journalists working for 64Tianwang...
Beijing Police launch another online crackdown over APEC summit
2014-06-28
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) urges the Board of Governors of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) group to defend people’s right to free speech during the upcoming APEC ...
Berlin Twitter Wall website blocked just days after its launch
2009-11-04
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders deplores the fact that the Chinese authorities blocked the Berlin Twitter Wall website (www.berlintwitterwall.com) just days after its launch.
Censorship not a solution to terrorism, IFJ & Pakistan media reject guidelines
2015-01-21
International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) expresses its strong concern over new press guidelines for Pakistan's television and print media.
China's Media War: Censorship, Corruption & Control
2015-02-02
International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) yesterday released the seventh annual China Press Freedom Report, CHINA'S MEDIA WAR: Censorship, Corruption & Control.
China's new leadership faces censorship challenge
2013-03-16
Committee to Protect Journalists
China's new leaders will face unprecedented challenges to controlling the media, even as journalists' efforts to test the system continue to carry great risk, according to a new report by the Committe...
Chinese authorities must come clean on air pollution film ban
2015-03-16
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is concerned by the decision by the Cyberspace Administrative and Central Propaganda Department of China to ban the online documentary Under the Dome ...
Companies that cooperate with dictatorships must be sanctioned
2011-09-06
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders condemns the criminal cooperation that exists between many western companies, especially those operating in the new technology area, and authoritarian regimes.
Court keeps Syrian reporter in pre-trial detention
2007-08-23
Reporters Without Borders
Currently in Turkey: online censorship, attacks against media and detention of journalists
2015-09-09
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and its European organisation, the European Federation of Journalists (IFJ), jointly call on the Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to immediately...
Dissident journalist facing jail term on 'disrespect' charge
2009-05-14
Reporters Without Borders/ Reporters sans frontiA#res
Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate release of independent journalist Alberto Santiago Du Bouchet, who was arrested after a verbal exchange with a policeman in Artemisa (in Havana provin...
Egypt: Security authorities confiscate book about corruption
2009-05-20
Arabic Network for Human Rights Information
The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) reports that the Egyptian security authorities have confiscated a book entitled "A Flood of Corruption and the Advance of bin Laden in Algeria" ...
Enemies of the Internet 2013
2013-03-16
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders is releasing a Special report on Internet surveillance
Eritrea - last in the World Press Freedom Index for the past eight years
2015-06-19
Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) hails this week's report by the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea. The report says some of the human rights violations by President Issayas Afeworki's...
Global media rights groups condemn "culture of impunity and indifference" in Sri Lanka
2009-01-22
Since the beginning of the New Year, both the killing of a senior editor and the attack on the facilities of a popular independent TV channel have led to a total paralysis of the media community in Sr...
Google rebels against China's Internet censors
2010-01-13
Sources News Releases
Reporters Without Borders hails US Internet giant Google#s announcement yesterday that it will stop censoring the Chinese version of its search engine, Google.cn # a move that could lead to Google.cn#...
Government directive restricts media reporting in China
2015-06-30
International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) expresses strong concern for a directive issued by China’s media regulator on June 19, restricting reporting about China’s Stock Exchange.
Guatemala: Officials prevent indigenous radio station from reopening
2015-03-26
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders is alarmed by the continuing persecution of community radio stations in Guatemala, where the mayor of Santa Eulalia, in the western department of Huehuetenango, forcibly prev...
Head of Burundi's most popular commercial radio station arrested
2015-02-02
Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders condemns leading radio journalist Bob Rugurika's arbitrary detention for the past week and the charges brought against him, which include complicity in the murder of three It...
Honduras: Rule of law and civil liberties founder in year since coup
2010-06-28
Reporters Without Borders, World Association of Community Radio Broadcaster
Joint statement on the first anniversary of the 28 June 2009 coup d#état in Honduras.
IFEX deplores three-year jail sentence given to Bahraini member Nabeel Rajab
2012-08-17
International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX )
IFEX strongly denounces the three-year prison sentence handed down today to Nabeel Rajab, president of IFEX member Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR), for his role in pro-democracy protests.
IFJ and EFJ Condemn Arrest of Journalist for Labelling Belarus President
2012-06-25
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its regional organisation, the European Federation of Journalists, today condemned the arrest of Andrzey Poczobut, journalist from Hrodna, Belarus...
IFJ and EFJ Demand End to Pressure on Journalists in Ukraine
2012-07-27
International Federation of Journalists - European Federation of Journalist
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its regional organisation, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), today demanded that the Ukraine President put end to the prosecution of o...
IFJ and EFJ Slam Head of Russian Investigative Committee over Threats to Senior Journalist
2012-06-14
International Federation of Journalists
Call to investigate reports of threats made by the Head of the Russian Investigative Committee to a senior journalist of Novaya Gazeta newspaper.
IFJ Condemns Closure of Al Jazeera in Kuwait
2010-12-23
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today accused Kuwaiti authorities of intimidating the media after they closed down Al Jazeera's office in the county on Monday.
IFJ Condemns Deportation Move against US Journalist in Israel
2010-01-15
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists today called on Israeli authorities to revoke the deportation order served on American journalist and chief English editor of Ma'an news agency, Jared Malsi...
IFJ Condemns Internet Censorship in Jordan
2011-02-09
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists today accused the Jordanian government of stifling calls for democratic change after the country's intelligence service disabled a news website & removed a ...
IFJ Condemns Israeli Forces' Threat To Censor Palestinian Newspapers
2014-06-02
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has condemned the actions of Israeli soldiers who forced their way into the Ramallah headquarters of the press, publishing and distribution company, a...
IFJ Condemns Palestinian Authority Over Ban on Al-Jazeera
2009-07-17
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) calls on the Palestinian Authority to rescind its decision to close down the office the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera television in the West Bank.
IFJ Condemns Return to State Censorship after Journalist's Expulsion in Russia
2011-02-08
International Federation of Journalists
The international Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today accused Russia of stepping back into the shadows of censorship and political intolerance after The Guardian's Moscow correspondent Luke Harding...
IFJ Congress Holds Commemoration and Freedom Walk for Killed Journalists Across the World
2013-06-05
International Federation of Journalists
A special Freedom Walk to commemorate the 408 journalists across the world who have died in the service of their profession in the last three years was held in Dublin this evening.
IFJ and EFJ oppose media restrictions in the newly-enacted Spanish Public Security Law
2015-07-06
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its regional organisation, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), have joined their Spanish affiliates FAPE, FESP, FSC-CC.OO. and ELA-Gizal...
IFJ Report Lists China's Secret Bans on Media Reporting
2010-02-01
International Federation of Journalists
A new report by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) on press freedom in China highlights the battle by local censors to control media commentary on a wide range of topics throughout in 2...
IFJ Welcomes Lifting of Ban on Al-Jazeera in West Bank
2009-07-21
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today welcomed the decision of the Palestinian Authority to revoke its order of 15 July to close Al-Jazeera's office in the West Bank.
IFJ/EFJ Call for Greek Government to Revoke Closure of Public Broadcaster
2013-06-13
International Federation of Journalists
Journalists' organizations call on the Greek government to immediately revoke their unprecedented decision to close down its public broadcasting station ERT.
Iran bars foreign media from reporting on protests
2009-06-17
Committee to Protect Journalists
The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Iranian government's decision to bar foreign journalists from leaving their offices to report, film, or take photographs--a restriction intended to pr...
Iraq: News website latest target in government's legal offensive against independent media
2009-05-20
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders condemns the Iraqi governmentâ##s continuing legal offensive against independent news media, which for the first time is also targeting Internet media.
Israel sentences two to prison terms for censorship breach
2009-06-17
Committee to Protect Journalists
The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns an Israeli court decision to sentence two television journalists on charges of breaching the military censorship law during the offensive in Gaza in Decem...
Israeli army raids palestinian newspaper offices
2002-10-08
Reporters Without Borders
Israeli authorities close Palestinian media centre in East Jerusalem
2009-05-12
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders condemns yesterday morning's decision by the Israeli internal security ministry to shut down the Palestinian media centre that had been set up in the East Jerusalem.
Israeli government openly threatens journalists planning to sail with Gaza flotilla
2011-06-27
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders condemns the Israeli government’s attempts to intimidate journalists who plan to travel with a flotilla of ships that will set sail in the next few days in an attempt to brea...
Israeli media forbidden to report case widely covered internationally
2010-04-06
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders condemns an absurd court-ordered ban on Israeli media coverage of the case of Anat Kam, an online journalist and former soldier accused of leaking classified military informa...
Israeli soldiers close West Bank TV station
2008-07-11
Reporters Without Borders
Israeli troops raid three West Bank news media
2007-12-13
Reporters Without Borders
Jailed and on trial for reporting human rights violations in Saudi Arabia
2014-06-21
Reporters Without Borders
Waleed Abu Al-Khair, a human rights lawyer who has been held since April, is being tried on a range of charges that include “preparing, storing and transmitting information that undermines public or...
Journalist arrested, authorities urged to respect his rights
2012-11-02
Reporters without Borders
Kostas Vaxevanis, the editor of the Greek weekly Hot Doc and producer of the national TV programme Koutis Tis Pandoras (Pandora’s Box), after he published a list of around 2,000 suspected tax evader...
Journalist gets seven-year jail sentence for decade-old articles
2014-01-10
Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders condemns the seven-year jail sentence that a Dhaka court imposed today on former magazine editor Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury in connection with articles criticizing Islamism...
Journalist serving 150-day jail term for insulting Hungarian far-right politician
2012-07-31
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders condemns the 150-day jail sentence that a Serbian journalist received for allegedly insulting a Hungarian far-right politician.
Journalists convicted of defamation in Myanmar
2015-03-26
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Myanmar Journalists Association (MJA) are outraged by the conviction of two journalists on charges of defamation.
Judge dismisses obscenity charges against newspaper editor
2009-11-17
Reporters without Borders
A Lusaka court yesterday acquitted The Post editor Chansa Kabwela of a charge of #distributing obscene material# for sending the vice-president photos of a woman giving birth in a hospital car park.
Kuwait: New Cyber Crimes Law restricts free expression and targets online activists
2016-01-22
Reporters Without Borders
Kuwait: New Cyber Crimes Law restricts free expression and targets online activists
Leading news website blocked in 3 Arab countries
2016-01-11
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has expressed its deep concerns today following the blocking of news web site al-Araby al-Jadeed and its English counterpart The New Arab, in Saudi Ar...
Long jail terms for three bloggers
2014-05-14
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders is appalled by the long jail terms that three Saudi cyber-activists received this week. Blogger and human rights activist Raef Badawi's sentence for 'insulting Islam'; was in...
Malaysian Blogger held under draconian Official Secrets Act
2012-07-06
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders is very disturbed to learn that the blogger Syed Abdullah Hussein Al-Attas is being held under the Official Secrets Act.
Media concerns as "dictator law" replaces martial law in Thailand
2015-04-10
International Federation of Journalists
Journalists' organizations express strong concern over the issuing of a new order by the military regime to replace martial law.
Media unions oppose closure of Greek public broadcaster ERT
2013-06-13
UNI MEI Global Union
UNI MEI calls for resistance to support Greek public service broadcasting, its workers and their union POSPERT
Middle East and North Africa: Blogging flourishes; governments block and monitor content
2009-11-06
Thousands of writers, journalists, activists, lawyers and others are expressing their dissent and reporting on social issues by blogging throughout the Middle East and North Africa, says a new report ...
More websites blocked at government's behest
2009-01-08
Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders condemns the directive issued by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to Internet Service Providers instructing them to block access to 6 web pages on the grounds they a...
New anti-terrorism law takes Egypt into Orwellian territory
2015-08-25
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders condemns a ban on media reports that conflict with official accounts of armed attacks and operations by Jihadi militants. The ban is part of an anti-terrorism law that Presid...
News website harassed for investigating banking sector
2012-11-02
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders strongly condemns the proceedings that four banks have initiated through the Bulgarian National Bank against the news website Bivol.bg over an article about alleged bad pract...
Omani authorities persecute online activists
2015-04-10
Reporters Without Borders
The frequency with which bloggers and social network users are arrested and convicted in the Sultanate of Oman reflects the appalling state of online freedom of information and expression there.
Operation Cast Lead: News control as a military objective
2009-02-17
Reporters without Borders
Control of news in time of war has become a military objective.
PEN International celebrates rights of all citizens to access information and truth
2012-05-02
PEN International
A statement by Marian Botsford Fraser, Chair of the Writers in Prison Committee.
Petition launched for release of two Burmese bloggers serving sentences of 20 and 59 years in prison
2009-01-29
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders urges the international community not to forget Nay Phone Latt or or Zarganar, one of Burmaâ##s best known comedians.
Security agency raids Shabelle Media Network again, two held
2015-04-10
Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders condemns the latest raid by Somalia's National Security and Intelligence Agency (NISA) on Radio Shabelle and Sky FM, two Mogadishu-based radio stations
Security laws attack Australia's press freedom
2014-09-29
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA) in describing the National Security Legislation Amendment Bill No 1 an outrageous ...
Seizure of AP phone records condemned as 'grave violation'
2013-05-20
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders regards the US Department of Justice's seizure of the records of thousands of Associated Press phone calls as an "extremely grave violation of freedom of information."
SOS Media Burundi's dangerous reporting mission
2016-01-13
Reporters Without Borders
Almost the only relief for those in search of news in Burundi is to be found at SOS Media Burundi, a collective of journalists that emerged spontaneously within 48 hours of the destruction of the radi...
Sources welcomes OrangeWebsite
2011-03-16
OrangeWebsite
Sources welcomes a new member: OrangeWebsite. OrangeWebsite is an Icelandic web hosting service provider. Most of our clients are foreign journalists, bloggers, leakers and publishers.
Thailand: Call for moratorium on prosecutions for criticising the King, dialogue on Internet freedom
2009-04-28
Reporters Without Borders joined by 31 other organisations in a call for moratorium on prosecutions for criticising the King, dialogue on Internet freedom.
Three emblematic victims of Syria's ruthless censorship
2015-03-26
Reporters without Borders
On the eve of a long-delayed decision in the trial of Mazen Darwish, the head of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM), and two of his assistants Reporters Without Borders reiter...
Turkey, enemy of the Internet?
2014-08-28
Reporters Without Borders
The 9th annual Internet Governance Forum will be held in Istanbul from 2 to 5 September. Reporters Without Borders will be there to denounce the increasing violations of freedom of information in Turk...
Turkey: Dangerous surge in censorship liable to exacerbate crisis
2015-09-17
Reporters Without Borders
In the latest alarming development for freedom of information in Turkey, prosecutors in the Istanbul district of Bakırköy today began investigating one of the country’s biggest media groups, Doğa...
Turkey's parliament approves even more Internet censorship and surveillance
2014-09-12
International Federation of Journalists
Turkey: Government agency given more power to block websites and gather user data.
Win Tin's fight for press freedom and democracy goes on
2014-04-29
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders is deeply saddened to learn of the death of the dissident journalist Win Tin in Rangoon. Burma has lost one of its staunchest defenders of democracy and freedom of informatio...
Zunar targeted again under Malaysia's Sedition Act
2015-09-30
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) strongly criticizes the Malaysian governmen's continued attack against freedom of expression, following the investigation into political cartoonist, Z...

Sources Select Resources

Bahrain Court Upholds Six Month Sentence Against Rights Defender Nabeel Rajab Over Tweet
Al Hussaini, Amira
Article
2015
Global voices
Nabeel Rajaba has been sentenced to prison for a tweet accusing the Bahrain security agencies for incubating ISIS combatants.
Berlin Twitter Wall website blocked just days after its launch
Sources News Release
Article
2009
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders deplores the fact that the Chinese authorities blocked the Berlin Twitter Wall website (www.berlintwitterwall.com) just days after its launch.
Censorship
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Article
Censorship is the suppression of speech or other communication which may be considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, or inconvenient to the general body of people as determined by a government, m...
Censorship not a solution to terrorism, IFJ & Pakistan media reject guidelines
Sources News Release
Article
2015
International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) expresses its strong concern over new press guidelines for Pakistan's television and print media.
"ChinaLeaks" Stories Censored in Mainland China
Hudson, Michael; Guevara, Marina Walker; Olesen, Alexa
Article
2014
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
Chinese authorities move aggressively to block online access to news reports exposing the secrecy-cloaked offshore holdings of China’s political and financial elites.
China's Media War: Censorship, Corruption & Control
Sources News Release
Article
2015
International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) yesterday released the seventh annual China Press Freedom Report, CHINA'S MEDIA WAR: Censorship, Corruption & Control.
China's new leadership faces censorship challenge
Sources News Release
Article
2013
Committee to Protect Journalists
China's new leaders will face unprecedented challenges to controlling the media, even as journalists' efforts to test the system continue to carry great risk, according to a new report by the Committe...
Chinese authorities must come clean on air pollution film ban
Sources News Release
Article
2015
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is concerned by the decision by the Cyberspace Administrative and Central Propaganda Department of China to ban the online documentary Under the Dome ...
Comments on The Latest Prussian Censorship Instruction
Marx, Karl
Article
1842
The real, radical cure for the censorship would be its abolition; for the institution itself is a bad one, and institutions are more powerful than people.
Companies that cooperate with dictatorships must be sanctioned
Sources News Release
Article
2011
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders condemns the criminal cooperation that exists between many western companies, especially those operating in the new technology area, and authoritarian regimes.
Deprived of income, Azerbaijani paper is forced to stop publishing
Article
2014
Reporters Without Borders
One of Azerbaijan’s leading independent newspapers, the Russian-language Zerkalo (Mirror), has been forced to stop publishing because government control of the advertising market and distribution netw...
Dissident journalist facing jail term on 'disrespect' charge
Sources News Release
Article
2009
Reporters Without Borders/ Reporters sans frontiA#res
Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate release of independent journalist Alberto Santiago Du Bouchet, who was arrested after a verbal exchange with a policeman in Artemisa (in Havana provin...
Domestic reality does not match bold words on Internet freedom of expression
Article
2011
Reporters without Borders
The U.S. government gives lip service to online free speech but simultaneously acts in ways to drastically limit freedom of expression.
Editor of Chinese website, missing for a month, arrested on anti-state charges
Comittee to Protect Journalists
Article
2015
IFEX
An editor and secretary-general of a human rights group in China has been was abducted and charged with "inciting subversion of state power" by the Chinese government. The chinese government is infamo...
Egypt: Security authorities confiscate book about corruption
Sources News Release
Article
2009
Arabic Network for Human Rights Information
The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) reports that the Egyptian security authorities have confiscated a book entitled "A Flood of Corruption and the Advance of bin Laden in Algeria" ...
Enemies of the Internet 2013
Sources News Release
Article
2013
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders is releasing a Special report on Internet surveillance
Eritrea - last in the World Press Freedom Index for the past eight years
Sources News Release
Article
2015
Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) hails this week's report by the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea. The report says some of the human rights violations by President Issayas Afeworki's...
Fanning the flames of intolerance
The burning of books -- an ultimate form of control and condemnation
Henley, John
Article
2010
The Guardian
A historical overview of book burnings by political and religious regimes.
Global media rights groups condemn "culture of impunity and indifference" in Sri Lanka
Sources News Release
Article
2009
Since the beginning of the New Year, both the killing of a senior editor and the attack on the facilities of a popular independent TV channel have led to a total paralysis of the media community in Sr...
Guatemala: Officials prevent indigenous radio station from reopening
Sources News Release
Article
2015
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders is alarmed by the continuing persecution of community radio stations in Guatemala, where the mayor of Santa Eulalia, in the western department of Huehuetenango, forcibly prev...
Haaretz reporter Uri Blau facing up to seven years in prison
Article
2011
Reporters without Borders
Journalist faces heavy jail sentence for using classified military papers to document human rights abuses and murders by the Israeli military.
Here come the thought police
Spratt, Michael; Moore, Chelsea
Article
2014
ipolitics.ca
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has declared his intention to fast-track legislation expanding CSIS and police powers of “surveillance, detention and arrest.”
IFJ Condemns Deportation Move against US Journalist in Israel
Sources News Release
Article
2010
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists today called on Israeli authorities to revoke the deportation order served on American journalist and chief English editor of Ma'an news agency, Jared Malsi...
IFJ Condemns Israeli Forces' Threat To Censor Palestinian Newspapers
Sources News Release
Article
2014
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has condemned the actions of Israeli soldiers who forced their way into the Ramallah headquarters of the press, publishing and distribution company, a...
IFJ Condemns Palestinian Authority Over Ban on Al-Jazeera
Sources News Release
Article
2009
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) calls on the Palestinian Authority to rescind its decision to close down the office the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera television in the West Bank.
IFJ Condemns Return to State Censorship after Journalist's Expulsion in Russia
Sources News Release
Article
2011
International Federation of Journalists
The international Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today accused Russia of stepping back into the shadows of censorship and political intolerance after The Guardian's Moscow correspondent Luke Harding...
IFJ and EFJ oppose media restrictions in the newly-enacted Spanish Public Security Law
Sources News Release
Article
2015
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its regional organisation, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), have joined their Spanish affiliates FAPE, FESP, FSC-CC.OO. and ELA-Gizal...
IFJ Report Lists China's Secret Bans on Media Reporting
Sources News Release
Article
2010
International Federation of Journalists
A new report by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) on press freedom in China highlights the battle by local censors to control media commentary on a wide range of topics throughout in 2...
IFJ Welcomes Lifting of Ban on Al-Jazeera in West Bank
Sources News Release
Article
2009
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today welcomed the decision of the Palestinian Authority to revoke its order of 15 July to close Al-Jazeera's office in the West Bank.
Iran bars foreign media from reporting on protests
Sources News Release
Article
2009
Committee to Protect Journalists
The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Iranian government's decision to bar foreign journalists from leaving their offices to report, film, or take photographs--a restriction intended to pr...
Iran: Book Censorship The Rule, Not The Exception
Sarkouhi, Faraj
Article
2007
Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
Censorship in Iran has intensified over the last two years, with many books appearing only in expunged versions, while others previously available have had subsequent print runs banned.
Iraq: News website latest target in government's legal offensive against independent media
Sources News Release
Article
2009
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders condemns the Iraqi governmentâ##s continuing legal offensive against independent news media, which for the first time is also targeting Internet media.
Israel sentences two to prison terms for censorship breach
Sources News Release
Article
2009
Committee to Protect Journalists
The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns an Israeli court decision to sentence two television journalists on charges of breaching the military censorship law during the offensive in Gaza in Decem...
Israeli authorities close Palestinian media centre in East Jerusalem
Sources News Release
Article
2009
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders condemns yesterday morning's decision by the Israeli internal security ministry to shut down the Palestinian media centre that had been set up in the East Jerusalem.
Israeli journalist Anat Kam under secret house arrest since December
Article
2010
Guardian
An Israeli journalist has been under secret house arrest since December on charges that she leaked highly sensitive, classified military documents which suggest the Israeli military breached a court o...
Israeli media forbidden to report case widely covered internationally
Sources News Release
Article
2010
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders condemns an absurd court-ordered ban on Israeli media coverage of the case of Anat Kam, an online journalist and former soldier accused of leaking classified military informa...
Israel's new 'attack on freedom of speech'
Cook, Jonathan
Article
2010
The National
The Israeli government and its right-wing supporters have been waging a 'McCarthyite' campaign against human-rights groups.
Journalist gets seven-year jail sentence for decade-old articles
Sources News Release
Article
2014
Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders condemns the seven-year jail sentence that a Dhaka court imposed today on former magazine editor Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury in connection with articles criticizing Islamism...
Journalist harassed and intimidated by police officers in Cairo after article on curruption
Article
2009
Newswatch
Police officers have led organised attacks against Alaa Al Gamel, a reporter for weekly Sout Al Ouma.
Journalists convicted of defamation in Myanmar
Sources News Release
Article
2015
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Myanmar Journalists Association (MJA) are outraged by the conviction of two journalists on charges of defamation.
Kuwait: New Cyber Crimes Law restricts free expression and targets online activists
Sources News Release
Article
2016
Reporters Without Borders
Kuwait: New Cyber Crimes Law restricts free expression and targets online activists
Leading news website blocked in 3 Arab countries
Sources News Release
Article
2016
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has expressed its deep concerns today following the blocking of news web site al-Araby al-Jadeed and its English counterpart The New Arab, in Saudi Ar...
Letter to the Lithuanian Government on Banning Russian Government-Controlled TV Channels
Commonwealth Press Union Media Trust; Inter American Press Association; et al.
Article
2015
World Press Freedom Comittee
This is an open letter to the Lithuanian government. While broadcasts from Russian-controlled television channels may be propagandistic, banning them would be a violation of basic human rights and ult...
Long jail terms for three bloggers
Sources News Release
Article
2014
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders is appalled by the long jail terms that three Saudi cyber-activists received this week. Blogger and human rights activist Raef Badawi's sentence for 'insulting Islam'; was in...
The mass graves of Kashmir
India's dirty war unmasked
Scott-Clark, Cathy
Article
2012
The Guardian
For 22 years this contested region has endured a regime of torture and disappeared civilians. Now a local laywer is discovering their unmarked graves and challenging India's abuses.
Media concerns as "dictator law" replaces martial law in Thailand
Sources News Release
Article
2015
International Federation of Journalists
Journalists' organizations express strong concern over the issuing of a new order by the military regime to replace martial law.
Media Freedom
You will be harrassed and detained
Adam, Brad
Article
2007
Human Rights Watch
This report analyzes how the Chinese government is failing to fulfill its commitments to respect the reporting freedom of foreign correspondents during the period of the temporary regulations and is i...
Middle East and North Africa: Blogging flourishes; governments block and monitor content
Sources News Release
Article
2009
Thousands of writers, journalists, activists, lawyers and others are expressing their dissent and reporting on social issues by blogging throughout the Middle East and North Africa, says a new report ...
More websites blocked at government's behest
Sources News Release
Article
2009
Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders condemns the directive issued by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to Internet Service Providers instructing them to block access to 6 web pages on the grounds they a...
Net freedom 'at stake' on WikiLeaks
York, Jillian
Article
2010
Al Jazeera
Internet service providers are cutting access to the whistleblower site, raising broader concerns about online freedom.
New extremism laws would stifle free speech
Index on Censorship
Article
2015
X index
New and vaguely defined counter-extremism laws threaten freedom of speech in the UK. Anyone who disagrees with the government can, theoretically, be banned from media exposure.
Omani authorities persecute online activists
Sources News Release
Article
2015
Reporters Without Borders
The frequency with which bloggers and social network users are arrested and convicted in the Sultanate of Oman reflects the appalling state of online freedom of information and expression there.
On Atena Farghadani and the longstanding repression of artistic expression in Iran
Article 19
Article
2015
ifex
It all started with a harmless political cartoon posted on Facebook. What followed was extreme retaliation to say the least; imprisonment, and physical abuse. Unfortunately, this is not an extraordina...
On Freedom of the Press (5)
Censorship
Marx, Karl
Article
1842
Rheinische Zeitung
A censorship law is an impossibility because it seeks to punish not offences but opinions, because it cannot be anything but a formula for the censor, because no state has the courage to put in genera...
On Freedom of the Press (1)
Prussian Censorship
Marx, Karl
Article
1842
Rheinische Zeitung No. 125, Supplement
Apart from the catchwords and commonplaces which fill the air, we find among these opponents of press freedom a pathological emotion, a passionate partisanship, which gives them a real, not an imagina...
On Freedom of the Press (2)
Opponents of a Free Press
Marx, Karl
Article
1842
Rheinische Zeitung
What an illogical paradox to regard the censorship as a basis for improving our press!
On Freedom of the Press (3)
On the Assembly of the Estates
Marx, Karl
Article
1842
Rheinische Zeitung
Precisely because freedom of discussion, the speaker concludes, is desirable in our Assembly - and what freedoms would we not find desirable where we are concerned? - precisely for that reason freedom...
On Freedom of the Press (4)
As a privilege of particular individuals or a privilege of the human mind?
Marx, Karl
Article
1842
Rheinische Zeitung
From the standpoint of the idea, it is self-evident that freedom of the press has a justification quite different from that of censorship because it is itself an embodiment of the idea, an embodiment ...
On Freedom of the Press (6)
Freedom in General
Marx, Karl
Article
1842
Rheinische Zeitung
Some want a full censorship, others a half censorship; some want three-eighths freedom of the press, others none at all. God save me from my friends!
On the Critique of the Prussian Press Laws
Engels, Friedrich
Article
1842
Rheinische Zeitung
Two ways are open to the Prussian for the publication of his thoughts. He can either have them printed in his own country, in which case he has to submit to the domestic censorship; or, should he meet...
Operation Cast Lead: News control as a military objective
Article
2009
Reporters without Borders
Control of news in time of war has become a military objective.
The Organised Suppression of Kurdish Journalists in Iran
Goli, Ammar
Article
2015
It has been nearly 120 years since the first Kurdish newspaper, 'Kordestan' was published – a publication which did not in come into existence here in Kurdistan, but in exile in Egypt, its later life ...
Petition launched for release of two Burmese bloggers serving sentences of 20 and 59 years in prison
Sources News Release
Article
2009
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders urges the international community not to forget Nay Phone Latt or or Zarganar, one of Burmaâ##s best known comedians.
Security agency raids Shabelle Media Network again, two held
Sources News Release
Article
2015
Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders condemns the latest raid by Somalia's National Security and Intelligence Agency (NISA) on Radio Shabelle and Sky FM, two Mogadishu-based radio stations
Security laws attack Australia's press freedom
Sources News Release
Article
2014
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA) in describing the National Security Legislation Amendment Bill No 1 an outrageous ...
Seizure of AP phone records condemned as 'grave violation'
Sources News Release
Article
2013
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders regards the US Department of Justice's seizure of the records of thousands of Associated Press phone calls as an "extremely grave violation of freedom of information."
Semantic Warfare: Words as Guided Missiles
Noh, K.J.
Article
2015
Counter Punch
Over half a century ago, the South Korean government banned the word "labour" from the Korean language. This is the back story.
SOS Media Burundi's dangerous reporting mission
Sources News Release
Article
2016
Reporters Without Borders
Almost the only relief for those in search of news in Burundi is to be found at SOS Media Burundi, a collective of journalists that emerged spontaneously within 48 hours of the destruction of the radi...
Thailand: Call for moratorium on prosecutions for criticising the King, dialogue on Internet freedom
Sources News Release
Article
2009
Reporters Without Borders joined by 31 other organisations in a call for moratorium on prosecutions for criticising the King, dialogue on Internet freedom.
Three emblematic victims of Syria's ruthless censorship
Sources News Release
Article
2015
Reporters without Borders
On the eve of a long-delayed decision in the trial of Mazen Darwish, the head of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM), and two of his assistants Reporters Without Borders reiter...
Turkey, enemy of the Internet?
Sources News Release
Article
2014
Reporters Without Borders
The 9th annual Internet Governance Forum will be held in Istanbul from 2 to 5 September. Reporters Without Borders will be there to denounce the increasing violations of freedom of information in Turk...
Turkey's parliament approves even more Internet censorship and surveillance
Sources News Release
Article
2014
International Federation of Journalists
Turkey: Government agency given more power to block websites and gather user data.
Ugandan journalist’s damning account of UAE media censorship
Article
2014
Reporters Without Borders
The Emirati English-language newspaper The National fired Ugandan journalist Yasin Kakande for writing an autobiographical novel describing the conditions of migrant workers and media censorship in th...
Unveiled
Art and Censorship in Iran
Boyle, Kevin et al.
Article
2006
Article 19
This report seeks to illustrate the manner in which artistic censorship in Iran is both shaped and shapes; to demonstrate where the focus of the conflict lies between the Islamic Republic of Iran and ...
A War on Wikileaks?
Unhinged at the US State Department and Pentagon
Forte, Maximillian C.
Article
2010
CounterPunch
If the state fails to make any sense - not surprising - it is because it is has no intention of doing so. The state is appealing to something more visceral with all of this posturing: fear. It wants t...
Widodo's lifting of ban on foreign media in Papua is step in right direction
Crispin, Shawn
Article
2015
Comittee to Protect Journalists
Journalists and citizens celebrate freedom of press and speech as a 50-year blackout of international media is lifted in Papua, Indonesia.
Win Tin's fight for press freedom and democracy goes on
Sources News Release
Article
2014
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders is deeply saddened to learn of the death of the dissident journalist Win Tin in Rangoon. Burma has lost one of its staunchest defenders of democracy and freedom of informatio...
With limited independent press, Ethiopians left voting in the dark
Mengesha, Simegnish
Article
2015
Comittee to Protect Journalists
In a country where journalists are often imprisoned or exiled for 'inciting terrorism', Ethiopians are finding it difficult to stay informed for the upcoming election.
Zunar targeted again under Malaysia's Sedition Act
Sources News Release
Article
2015
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) strongly criticizes the Malaysian governmen's continued attack against freedom of expression, following the investigation into political cartoonist, Z...

Sources Bookshelf

Access Denied
The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering
Deibert, Ron; Palfrey, John; Rohozinski, Rafal; Zittrain, Jonathan (eds.)
Book
2008
Many countries around the world block or filter Internet content, denying access to information -- often about politics, but also relating to sexuality, culture, or religion -- that they deem too sens...
Censors at Work: How States Shaped Literature
Darnton, Robert
Book
2014
A book on literary censorship and the role that states have played in it.
Hitler's Propaganda Machine
Rutherford, Ward
Book
1978
Kill The Messengers
Stephen Harper's Assault on Your Right to Know
Bourrie, Mark
Book
2015
Ottawa has become a place where the nation's business is done in secret, and access to information - the lifeblood of democracy in Canada - is under attack.


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