Russia: New laws threaten freedom of expression and media freedom
With the adoption of two new laws criminalising 'insult' to the state and the dissemination of 'fake news', as well as plans to increase government control of the Internet, the Russian authorities are imposing further, excessive restrictions on freedom of expression and undermining media freedom.
Conviction of editor-in-chief must be quashed
PEN International and the Belarusian PEN Center strongly condemn the decision to fine editor-in-chief Maryna Zolatava
and urge the Belarusian authorities to overturn her conviction, make efforts to improve freedom of expression in Belarus and remove restrictions on Belarusian bloggers and journalists.
Escalating repression against Mehman Huseynov
Some 41 member and partner NGOs of 13 Human Rights Houses issue a joint letter calling for urgent action from the international community to ensure the life, health, and rights of imprisoned Azerbaijani photojournalist, video blogger, and human rights defender Mehman Huseynov.