A joint letter signed by more than 25 organizations and individuals was delivered today to President Obama urging him to immediately fill the still-vacant position of U.S. Ambassador-At-Large for International Religious Freedom
New draft legislation in Estonia allowing for criminal prosecution of journalists who refuse to reveal sources is a troubling backslide for press freedom and should be rejected by parliament, said Freedom House.
As the case of human rights activist, Evgeniy Zhovtis, comes under consideration by the Kazakhstani Supreme Court, Freedom House urges the relevant legal authorities to carefully review reports by international monitors of serious procedural flaws in last year’s trial.
In a country that suffers from an increasingly restrictive media environment, proposed legislation amending the 1995 Press and Journalist Act in Uganda will further stifle freedom of expression, according to Freedom House.
The decision by Kyrgyz authorities last week to block broadcasting and internet access to U.S. government-funded news services underscores a growing concern for freedom of expression in Kyrgyzstan, according to Freedom House.