NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Receive email alerts Organisation Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara News Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists April 28, 2021 Find out more July 28, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for end to jailing of journalists after newspaper reporter is freed Help by sharing this information June 8, 2021 Find out more to go further Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa News RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance RSF_en News Reporters Without Borders notes that reporter Mostapha Hurmatallah of the weekly Al Watan Al An was freed on 25 July on completing his prison sentence. He had been in Casablanca’s Oukacha prison since 19 February, when Morocco’s highest court of appeal ordered him to go back to jail to serve the rest of a seven-month term.“We welcome Hurmatallah’s release with joy, but we reiterate our firm condemnation of the original decision to imprison him just for doing his job,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We now hope that this is the end of the era when people are jailed in Morocco because of what they write.”Hurmatallah, whose request for a royal pardon was ignored, told Reporters Without Borders that conditions in prison were very harsh. He was put in a cell with convicted criminals and his visits were restricted. He added that he nonetheless hoped that he would be the last journalist to be jailed in his country in connection with their work.He was initially sentenced on 15 August 2007 to eight months in prison on a charge of “receiving documents obtained by criminal means” in connection with a special report about a state of alert in the 14 July issue of Al Watan Al An.The following month his sentence was reduced to seven months and he was released provisionally. But he was returned prison in February after the country’s highest court rejected his appeal. His release means that there are no journalists currently in prison in Morocco. News April 15, 2021 Find out more “We welcome Hurmatallah’s release with joy, but we reiterate our firm condemnation of the original decision to imprison him just for doing his job,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We now hope that this is the end of the era when people are jailed in Morocco because of what they write.” Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa
The Covid-19 effectAccording to (non-exhaustive) data gathered by RSF’s staff and Tracker 19, there was a fourfold increase in arbitrary arrests of journalists during the first three months of Covid-19’s spread around the world (March-May 2020). From the start of February to the end of November 2020, arbitrary arrests alone represented 35% of the press freedom violations logged (while physical violence and threats against journalists represented 30%). While most arrested journalists were held for just a few hours or, in some cases, a few days or weeks), 14 journalists who were arrested in connection with their coverage of the pandemic are still being held at the end of the year. Organisation Help by sharing this information FranceIranChinaSyriaSaudi ArabiaYemenBelarusEgyptVietnamEurope – Central AsiaMiddle East – North Africa Asia – Pacific Condemning abusesReports and statistics Armed conflictsOrganized crimeDisappearancesImprisonedPredators News “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says RSF will publish its Annual Report on Journalists Killed in 2020 on December 29.Compiled by RSF every year since 1995, the annual round-up of abusive treatment of journalists is based on precise data collected throughout the year. We gather detailed information that allows us to affirm with certainty or a great deal of confidence that the detention, abduction or disappearance of each journalist was a direct result of their journalistic work.Read the RSF’s 2020 round-up Receive email alerts News News June 4, 2021 Find out more Worldwide, a total of 387 journalists are currently detained in connection with their work, 54 are held hostage and four are missing, according to the first part of the annual round-up of abusive treatment of journalists published today by Reporters Without Borders (RSF). The total held at the end of 2020 is almost the same as last year, despite a big increase in press freedom violations and arrests linked to the coronavirus pandemic. Read the RSF’s 2020 round-upЧитать на русском / Read in RussianThe number of journalists in prison at the end of 2020 is just two less than at the end of 2019, when it was 389. This means that the number of journalists held worldwide is still at a historically high level. More than half (61%) are held in just five countries. For the second year running, China, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam and Syria are the world’s five biggest jailers of journalists.The number of women journalists in prison has risen by 35%, from 31 a year ago to 42 now. Most of the newly detained women journalists are held in Belarus (four), which has seen an unprecedented crackdown since last August’s disputed presidential election, and in two of the countries where the coronavirus crisis has brought a marked increase in repression – Iran (four) and China (two). They also include Vietnam’s Pham Doan Trang, one of the 2019 RSF Press Freedom Prize laureates. Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia June 7, 2021 Find out more “Nearly 400 journalists are going to spend the end-of-year festivities in prison, far from their loved-ones and in conditions that often put their lives in danger,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said.“These figures confirm the pandemic’s impact on journalism and the unacceptable fact that some journalists are paying with their freedom for seeking the truth. They also confirm that women journalists, of whom the proportion is increasing, are not being spared by the crackdown.” RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says FranceIranChinaSyriaSaudi ArabiaYemenBelarusEgyptVietnamEurope – Central AsiaMiddle East – North Africa Asia – Pacific Condemning abusesReports and statistics Armed conflictsOrganized crimeDisappearancesImprisonedPredators June 8, 2021 Find out more News to go further December 11, 2020 – Updated on December 14, 2020 RSF’s 2020 round-up: 35% rise in number of women journalists held arbitrarily RSF_en Related documents rsfs_2020_round-up.pdfPDF – 1.3 MBЧитать на русском / Read in RussianPDF – 149.5 KB It’s in Asia, the continent where Covid-19 emerged and where the most press freedom violations have been tallied in connection with the pandemic, that the most coronavirus detainees are located: seven in China, two in Bangladesh and one in Myanmar. In the Middle East, where several countries have taken advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to step up control over the media and news reporting, three journalists are still being held for articles linked to the pandemic: two in Iran and one in Jordan. In Africa, one journalist is still held in Rwanda – on a charge of “violating lockdown regulations.”According to the 2020 annual round-up, at least 54 journalists are currently held hostage worldwide, 5% fewer than this time last year. Following the release of a Ukrainian journalist held by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine’s Donbass region, Syria, Iraq and Yemen are the only countries where journalists are still held hostage. They include four journalists held by the Houthis in Yemen since 2015 who were sentenced to death in April and, since then, have been left wondering if and when these sentences will be carried out.