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Mass surveillance: Journalists confront the moment of hesitation

Mass surveillance: Journalists confront the moment of hesitation

Following Edward Snowden's revelations outlining the capabilities of intelligence agencies to monitor private online communications journalists are confronting a moment of hesitation.

Jodie Ginsberg: “I believe in free expression, but…”

Jodie Ginsberg: “I believe in free expression, but…”

The decision by six authors to withdraw from a PEN American Center gala in which Charlie Hebdo will be honoured with an award once again emphasises the dangerous notion that some forms of free expression are more worthy than others of defending

The women challenging Bosnia’s divided media

The women challenging Bosnia’s divided media

A regional network of journalists, artists and activists is using the platform Balkan Diskurs to provide objective news against a backdrop of mounting media partisanship, writes Tim Bidey

Padraig Reidy: War on truthiness

Padraig Reidy: War on truthiness

Journalism should, at least, be against truthiness, if only out of self interest. If anyone can make stuff up and get 1,000 shares on Twitter, why pay people for deep digging or elegant writing?

Azerbaijan must release human rights defenders, journalists and activists

Azerbaijan must release human rights defenders, journalists and activists

Intigam Aliyev, prominent human rights lawyer from Azerbaijan, was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison. In addition he is deprived of the right to hold an official post for three years after end prison sentence. In a joint letter to President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan, HRHN members

Azerbaijan sentences human rights lawyer to prison

Azerbaijan sentences human rights lawyer to prison

The sentencing of Intigam Aliyev, a respected human rights attorney, to seven and a half years in prison is yet another example of Azerbaijan's rigged judicial system and the continued stifling of civil society.

Judith Vidal-Hall: Taking on the giant

Judith Vidal-Hall: Taking on the giant

When a group of claimants in the UK took on Google for invasion of privacy, they had little idea that the case would become a landmark in the fight to tame the internet giant's intrusion into our lives on the web

Kostas Vaxevanis: Greek justice and freedom of the press exist in name only

Kostas Vaxevanis: Greek justice and freedom of the press exist in name only

Kostas Vaxevanis won the 2013 Index on Censorship Journalism award for his investigative journalism through his work on the magazine HotDoc. On 30 March 2015 he was convicted of criminal defamation for his reporting on banking irregularities in Greece and given a 26 month suspended sentence.

Rasul Jafarov’s conviction: Latest human rights violation in Azerbaijan

Rasul Jafarov’s conviction: Latest human rights violation in Azerbaijan

The Sport for Rights coalition resolutely condemns yesterday’s sentencing of Rasul Jafarov, a prominent Azerbaijani human rights defender, to 6.5 years in prison on politically motivated charges. The coalition calls for his immediate release.

Azerbaijan: Six-year jail sentence for human rights activist

Azerbaijan: Six-year jail sentence for human rights activist

Rasul Jafarov, one of Azerbaijan’s most well-known government critics, has been sentenced on charges believed to be linked to his campaigning work

Twitter users hijack #HelloBaku to shine spotlight on Azerbaijan’s human rights abuses

Twitter users hijack #HelloBaku to shine spotlight on Azerbaijan’s human rights abuses

The hashtag was launched by organisers of this summer's inaugural European Games in the country's capital Baku

Padraig Reidy: Life in paranoid Erdoganistan, where every day brings a new censorship story

Padraig Reidy: Life in paranoid Erdoganistan, where every day brings a new censorship story

Another week, another social media ban in Turkey. Such is life these days in Erdoganistan, where every day brings a new censorship story, greeted now with what my Turkish friend calls “the humour of desparation”.