Freedom House deplores the brutal attack on Lukpan Akmedyarov, a prominent Kazakhstani journalist known for his outspoken criticism of local and national authorities, and urges the government of Kazakhstan to swiftly and thoroughly investigate the attack and bring all involved to justice.
Freedom House congratulates Azerbaijani investigative journalist and press freedom advocate Eynulla Fatullayev, winner of the UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize, for his efforts to promote freedom of expression in one of a world’s most hostile media environments.
The brutal beating of award-winning Azerbaijani journalist, Idrak Abbasov, by the security services of state-owned company, SOCAR, is an unacceptable attack on press freedom in Azerbaijan and should be properly investigated and prosecuted.
The case of political prisoner Michel Thierry Atangana in Cameroon will reach a critical juncture tomorrow as the prosecution plans to rest its case with regards to new embezzlement charges against him. The hearing is an opportunity to withdraw the charges as opposed to handing the case over to the judges.
Freedom House and the Latin American Network for Democracy and Human Rights wrote an open letter to the Colombian government and leaders in the hemisphere calling for the inclusion of topics of democracy and human rights in their deliberations, and their inclusion in the agenda of subsequent summits. Nearly 150 activists and organizations from throughout the hemisphere signed the letter.
JURIST April 13, 2012 Viviana Giacaman and Elsa Peraldí of Freedom House argue that the proposed constitutional amendment to federalize crimes against journalists in Mexico is an important and timely step, but more must still be done.