Thurrock Council trying to censor the media in the UK

Thurrock Council initiated a new communication strategy. Among other things, it mentions that it will not allow to journalists who don’t “reflect the council’s position accurately” to participate in the press bench. That means that “the council will not engage and recognise the organisation and/or journalist as “media” for a period of time determined by the council.” But what…

What will the future of journalism be like?

Can we really talk about freedom of information in the era of the internet? Is it possible to have privacy when social media rule the world? These are questions that concern not only news organisations and activists, but also people who want to make a difference in the way that people think and interact with…

Greek journalist Kostas Vaxevanis in custody

On Monday 10 April the greek journalist Kostas Vaxevanis surrendered to the police and got arrested in Kallithea, Athens. He voluntarily went to the police station where he was detained and later taken to the prosecutor. This was because of a lawsuit filed against him for libel Lina Nikolopoulos, Yiannis Stournaras wife. Mr Stournaras is…

Atrocity in the time of internet: the situation in Venezuela

UK-based Venezuelan Alek Boyd is a blogger who writes about extortion and bribery in Venezuela on his blog, infodio.com. On January, he published a lawsuit filed by an old US ambassador to Venezuela, where a Venezuelan company was blamed for bribing officials in order to get their hands on contracts in the energy engineering sector….

Roy Ngerng wining trial against the government

Roy Ngerng was in danger after a blog post that he wrote blaming the Singaporean government’s management of the Central Provident Fund (CPF) for retirees. The Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong filed legal action against the blogger and also looked for a summary judgement, where the court has the authority of ruling without even assessing…

Belarus: Freedom Day?

In Belarus, charges were issued against in total of about 40 writers, publishers, international, domestic journalists and human rights defenders after a wave of nationwide protests on the 25 March. Hundreds of citizens gathered in Minsk to celebrate the unofficial holiday, Freedom Day.

Journalist Jovo Martinović still in custody

The story of the independent journalist Jovo Martinović started on 22 October 2015 and still, he has trouble with justice. He was taken into custody with 13 other people amid a collective Croatian and Montenegrin police operation “on reasonable suspicion that he committed criminal offence – creation of a criminal organisation and unauthorised production, possession and distribution…

Censorship in the media: An unethical business

For the International Day against Online Censorship (12 March 2017), the Reporters without Borders (RSF) distributed a paper, where they censor the ability of online organisations to endorse the solicitations of oppressive administrations while they aim in acquiring more control. The Reporters without Borders are likewise stressed over the numerous online instances of journalist surveillance…

Hasan Cemal: Prisoner for truth

Last week in Turkey the outstanding journalist Hasan Cemal has attributed an 11-month suspended sentence for “insulting the president”. Suspended unless, of course, he writes anything demeaning about the Erdogan government.

Azerbaijan’s war against freedom of speech

On the 3 March 2017 there was the two-year sentencing of Mehman Huseynov, an Azerbaijani journalist and chairman of the country’s main freedom of expression group, Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety.