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This week in the Maldives, there were new developments in the fight for justice in the case of Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla, who has been missing since August 7, 2014. The head of the presidential commission on enforced disappearances and murders told reporters that Rilwan, a reporter for the independent news website Minivan News, was killed by a local Al-Qaeda affiliate in 2014. The commission found he was killed in connection to his writing on alleged Al-Qaeda links in the Maldives and his advocacy for freedom of expression.
It has been five years since American freelance journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff were murdered by Islamic State militants in Syria. Around the anniversaries, CPJ’s latest video explores the aftermath of their deaths and how journalists, news organizations, and press freedom groups have been working to rethink safety practices and resources for reporters.
Global press freedom updates
- In welcome news, Honduras will drop criminal defamation from new penal code
- Cablemar TV reporter shot dead in Copán, Honduras
- Brazilian journalist Adecio Piran threatened after reporting on fires in Amazon
- Singapore prime minister threatens to sue news website The Online Citizen for libel
- China refuses to renew Wall Street Journal reporter’s visa
- Iraq suspends U.S.-funded broadcaster Al-Hurrah over corruption report
- CPJ joins letter to Pope Francis urging focus on human rights during Mozambique visit
- Kashmiri journalist Gowhar Geelani barred from leaving India
- Israeli military court sentences Palestinian journalist to 4 months detention without charge
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