Reports and releases

On the 138th anniversary of the National Press, the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS) stands united with Azerbaijani journalists, bloggers and social media activists who work around the clock to report the truth, despite threats of imprisonment, violence and even death.
ARTICLE 19 launched a new issue of Artist Alert that summarises instances of censorship of works of art.
“The legislation regulating NGOs activities in Russia may impede the legitimate exercise of two fundamental human rights, such as freedom of expression and association"
Article 19, English PEN, Index on Censorship and Open Rights Group sent an open letter to Sarah Ludford MEP, a shadow rapportuer on the European Parliament’s data protection dossier, calling to support "the privacy rights of EU citizens".
Mass surveillance of citizens’ private communications is unacceptable; whistle-blowers and journalists should be protected.
Just three months before Azerbaijan’s presidential election, the major candidates have unleashed a war on their critics, in one instance calling them “traitors, betrayers and slave-minded people” and “provocateurs” who should be “hit in the mouth”, the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS) says.
Russian civil society is today under unprecedented pressure from the side of Russian state agencies. The European Union must set a clear signal of solidarity with Russia’s emerging civil society, says a policy paper released by EU-Russia Civil Society Forum.
ARTICLE 19 calls on the Upper Chamber of the Russian Federal Assembly (the Federation Council) and the President of the Russian Federation to reject the Bill passed by the State Duma which seeks to amend several federal laws, including the Code of Administrative Offenses, in order to introduce a ban on so-called ‘propaganda of non-tradit
As a member of the Council of Europe, Republic of Azerbaijan has committed to respect basic freedoms, human rights and democracy. In spite of this commitment, human rights violations continue to be numerous and widespread and occur on a systematic basis.
The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatović, expressed concern today over the new initiative in the Russian State Duma to criminalize speech which sheds a negative light on the role of the Soviet Army in World War II.
The internet’s rapid spread has opened up a wide range of debates, nationally and internationally, around freedom of expression online.
21 member organisations of the Civic Solidarity Platform signed a joint letter to Herman Van Rompuy and José Manuel Barroso with a request to raise human rights issues during their meeting with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in Brussels.  
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