The EU faces challenges to its press freedom record from member states that have repressive laws and regulations, and by its failure to act swiftly when countries renege on their commitments.
The Committee to Protect Journalists has signed a petition organized by digital rights groups Access and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, urging President Barack Obama to publicly commit the U.S. to a policy of supporting strong encryption. Since the Save Crypto petition's launch on September 29, it has gathered nearly 18,000 signatures, including about 30 from press freedom and digital rights groups.
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Taking place on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, UNESCO; along with Centre for the Freedom of the Media (CFOM) - Sheffield University; PEN International; and Article 19 will host journalists, international lawyers, human rights figures and policymakers to share their understanding of the acute situation regarding the issue of impunity for crimes against journalists, as well as potential responses from each of the actors involved.
The event will involve two panels, one including first-hand accounts of violence and impunity as well as reflections on the causes of impunity in conflict and non-conflict areas/situations and a second focusing on representative cases, shortcomings in state responses, justice systems and political accountability, as well as suggested courses of action to combat and end impunity. Additionally, it will involve a debate in which CPJ Impunity Campaign Consultant, Elisabeth Witchell, will take part.
October 9, 2015
September 29, 2015
Do you believe the free flow of information must be protected? Sign the #RightToReport petition and demand that President Obama immediately:
1. Issue a presidential policy directive prohibiting the hacking and surveillance of journalists and media organizations.
2. Limit aggressive prosecutions that ensnare journalists and intimidate whistleblowers.
3. Prevent the harassment of journalists at the U.S. border.
Or click here to see the full petition, and join leading journalists like Christiane Amanpour, The Guardian’s Alan Rusbridger, Editor of the AP Kathleen Carroll, and Arianna Huffington in signing on.