Internationally renowned journalist Khadija Ismayilova has complained to the European Court of Human Rights about the unwillingness of the Azeri authorities to properly investigate a series of threats, intimidations and gross violations of her privacy designed to force her to stop her journalistic work.
German courts breached German newspaper Bild's right to freedom of expression when they banned further publication of an article about former Federal Chancellor Gerhard Schröder in 2005, the European Court of Human Rights held last week.
We have previously looked at how criminal libel and national security laws are increasingly being used to silence journalists. The third, and lesser known, law that is also used in this way is the criminalisation of publishing "false news".
The reporting of stories relating to national security has been a concern for governments around the world for many years, but since 9/11 there has been a dramatic increase in the number of cases against journalists pursued in the name of national security.
On 28 May, the Rwandan High Court acquitted radio presenter Epaphrodite Habarugira of charges of "minimising the genocide" and spreading "genocide ideology" and queried why the case was brought at all.
In a recent judgment the European Court of Human Rights has further clarified and expanded the scope of application of Article 10 of the Convention with regard to the right of access to public documents. The judgment is especially supportive for requests by journalists and NGOs to have access to official documents.
Yasser Latif Hamdani - The Supreme Court’s interim order dated 17.9.2012 ordering the blocking of the offensive video “Innocence of Muslims” on the internet is one of the strangest orders, even for an activist Supreme Court that Chaudhry Iftikhar’s Court was.