News: Mar 2015

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Azerbaijani journalist, Khadija Ismayilova, remains in prison in ever-increasing crackdown on freedom of expression

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20 Mar 2015

Three months after her arrest on 5 December 2014, award-winning Azerbaijani journalist, Khadija Ismayilova, remains in prison without trial or even a trial date in sight. On 24 February 2015, Ismayilova's pre-trial detention was extended by another two months and it is expected that the detention will again be extended at the next hearing.

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ECtHR Vindicates Hidden Camera’s Role in Watchdog Journalism

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16 Mar 2015

Haldimann and Others v Switzerland , a decision of the European Court of Human Rights (the “ECtHR”) published on 24 February 2015, backed the investigative methods of four Swiss journalists who had used hidden cameras to expose the malpractice of insurance brokers. The ECtHR found by a majority decision that the journalists’ criminal conviction by the domestic courts and an order to pay a number of small fines violated their right to freedom of expression as guaranteed by Article 10 of the European Convention of Human Rights.

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Vietnamese Photojournalist Continues Hunger Strike After Four Years Behind Bars

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16 Mar 2015

Young photo journalist Minh Man Dang Nguyen has been on hunger strike for prolonged periods of time in recent months to protest the ill-treatment she has received while in detention in Vietnam. As a result of her repeated hunger strikes , she recently weighed only 35 kg.

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Renowned Chinese Human Rights Lawyer Still Detained After 10 Months

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2 Mar 2015

Prominent human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang , who was arrested on 4 May 2014, has now spent ten months in detention without a trial. He is facing charges that include inciting ethnic hatred, inciting the splitting of the country and creating a public disturbance; the latter an increasingly popular means of silencing dissent often described as a “pocket crime”, as anything can be stuffed into it.