Browsing Tag COVID-19

Malaysia: Cease Harassment of Journalist Tashny Sukumaran

Malaysia: Cease Harassment of Journalist Tashny Sukumaran

By | May 7, 2020 at 11:26 am

PEN Malaysia is deeply concerned by the selective targeting of Malaysian journalist Tashny Sukumaran by the authorities for her report in the South China Morning Post on 1 May 2020 headlined Coronavirus: Hundreds arrested as Malaysia cracks down on migrants in COVID-19 red zones. On 2 May 2020, she received a telephone call from the Royal Malaysian […]

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Will we recover the freedoms we surrender to the fight against COVID-19?

Will we recover the freedoms we surrender to the fight against COVID-19?

By | April 25, 2020 at 2:19 pm

We are giving up our freedoms in the fight against COVID-19. The question is will we get them back? Does freedom – a true freedom of strong precepts rather than meaningless platitudes – interfere with what we must do to survive?

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Turkey: 24 Groups Call on Authorities to Release Those Detained and at Risk of COVID-19

Turkey: 24 Groups Call on Authorities to Release Those Detained and at Risk of COVID-19

By | April 21, 2020 at 12:27 pm

In the early hours of Tuesday, April 14 the Turkish Parliament passed a law that will lead to the release of up to 90,000 prisoners. However, it excludes scores of journalists, human rights defenders, politicians, lawyers and others arbitrarily detained pending trial or serving sentences following unfair trials under Turkey’s overly broad anti-terrorism laws that […]

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Bahrain: Free Imprisoned Rights Defenders and Activists Facing COVID-19 Threat

Bahrain: Free Imprisoned Rights Defenders and Activists Facing COVID-19 Threat

By | April 9, 2020 at 9:56 am

Amid the global threat posed by COVID-19, Bahraini authorities should release human rights defenders, opposition activists, journalists and all others imprisoned solely for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression, assembly, and association, a coalition of 20 rights groups said today. On March 17, 2020, Bahrain completed the release of 1,486 prisoners, 901 of whom […]

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India: PEN Delhi on the Importance of Press Freedom During Coronavirus

India: PEN Delhi on the Importance of Press Freedom During Coronavirus

By | April 7, 2020 at 11:57 am

Update – 2 April 2020 It is outrageous that India, the world’s most populous democracy, is restricting the free flow of information at a time of a great health crisis. These attacks on the media show that the government and its loud supporters want to control the narrative, and not the virus, which is the real threat […]

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Joint Statement: Surveillance Technologies to Fight Pandemic Must Respect Human Rights

Joint Statement: Surveillance Technologies to Fight Pandemic Must Respect Human Rights

By | April 3, 2020 at 12:40 pm

The COVID-19 pandemic is a global public health emergency that requires a coordinated and large-scale response by governments worldwide. However, States’ efforts to contain the virus must not be used as a cover to usher in a new era of greatly expanded systems of invasive digital surveillance. We, the undersigned organizations, urge governments to show […]

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Iran: Deep Concerns Over COVID-19 Suspension of Newspapers

Iran: Deep Concerns Over COVID-19 Suspension of Newspapers

By | April 3, 2020 at 12:30 pm

PEN International is deeply concerned by the decision of the Iranian authorities to suspend the printing and distribution of newspapers. A decree was issued on March 30, citing concerns about the spread of coronavirus, and will remain in place until restrictions related to the pandemic are lifted. ‘Freedom of information is a fundamental human right: now […]

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Turkey: Rights Groups Call for Release of Imprisoned Journalists at Risk of COVID-19

Turkey: Rights Groups Call for Release of Imprisoned Journalists at Risk of COVID-19

By | April 3, 2020 at 12:27 pm

Amid growing concerns over the spread of COVID-19 in prisons, the Turkish government is accelerating the preparation of a draft law that will reportedly release up to 100,000 prisoners. This is a welcome step. Overcrowding and unsanitary facilities already pose a serious health threat to Turkey’s prison population of nearly 300,000 prisoners and about tens […]

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