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CPJ Digital Manger Ahmed Zidan interviewed the University of Toronto-based Citizen Lab about their recent report on Chinese social media censorship around COVID-19. One of the report’s co-authors told CPJ, “Broad censorship of neutral and even factual information related to the virus might have limited the public’s ability to share and discuss knowledge of the prevention of the disease.”
In Vietnam, Radio Free Asia journalist Truong Duy Nhat was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Monday. Nhat had been held in pre-trial detention in Vietnam since January 28, 2019, two days after he went missing from a shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand.
“No matter how long they want to imprison my dad, I’m sure that he did nothing wrong,” his daughter, Thuc Doan Truong, told CPJ. “[Today’s sentencing] is just an excuse for them to stop him from writing critical articles.”
In the United Kingdom, a report published by the U.K. Investigatory Powers Commissioner’s Office revealed that authorities requested six warrants for surveillance efforts that “would relate to journalistic confidential material” in 2018. The report also stated that law enforcement and state security agents made 203 communications data requests “in relation to an individual of journalistic profession” in 2018.
Global press freedom updates
- Myanmar army files criminal defamation complaint against Reuters over Rohingya killing report
- CPJ demands Algeria release journalist and RSF correspondent Khaled Drareni
- Turkey arrests four more journalists for covering intelligence officer death
- Guatemalan journalist Bryan Guerra shot dead in Chiquimula
- India temporarily bans two news channels over coverage of Delhi riots and journalists in the country continue to be harassed and attacked while covering the riots. Separately, reporter M. Karthi attacked, threatened in Tamil Nadu
- Journalist Adalbert Hiol jailed since November in Cameroon
- Government supporters attack journalists covering funeral in Nicaragua. In a separate case in Nicaragua, journalist Emiliano Chamorro faces police harassment and surveillance
- Bomb explodes at offices of Cyprus Times
- Hong Kong police attack and detain journalists covering protester vigils
- Liberian police assault editor Christopher Walker at soccer tournament
- Anti-refugee protesters attack journalists in Greece
- Radio Tongu broadcaster suspended, director arrested in Ghana
- EU online terrorist content legislation risks undermining press freedom
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