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Human rights trends from East and Horn of Africa

Image: Somaliland: private TV channel closed, many independent journalists arrested
HRH London

Somaliland: private TV channel closed, many independent journalists arrested

Last week 7 journalists were detained in the semi-autonomous republic of Somaliland. On 14 January the police stormed the headquarters of a private TV network and sealed the offices. As a result, on 15 January Somaliland journalists gathered peacefully in front of the Presidential Palace to demonstrate against the media crackdown. The police disrupted the demonstration, 22 journalists were taken into custody. 15 Jan 2012 »

Image: Swedish journalists sentenced in Ethiopia Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye. 
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HRH London

Ethiopia: two Swedish journalists convicted under anti-terrorism law (updated)

The prolonged series of arrests and prosecutions indicates systematic use of the anti-terrorism law by the Ethiopian government to silence opposition politicians and the independent media. This week’s conviction of two Swedish journalists by an Ethiopian court on charges of supporting terrorism is emblematic. 25 Dec 2011 »

Image: Press under threat 
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HRH London

International human rights day 2011: 179 jailed journalists, free media under threat

The defence of all human rights depends on media freedom and pluralism. This makes it urgent to counter government restrictions and monopoly tendencies, says Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights on the eve of International human rights day (10 December). International organisations honour imprisoned journalists (179) worldwide. 09 Dec 2011 »

Image: Azerbaijani human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev detained and beaten at Istanbul airport
HRH Baku

Azerbaijani human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev detained and beaten at Istanbul airport

Intigam Aliyev was detained for more than 24 hours at the Istanbul airport since Tuesday evening, 6th of December 2011. He reported that he had been beaten by the immigration officer twice before he was deported to Baku, late evening on the 7th of December. 09 Dec 2011 »

Image: International day to end impunity logo 
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HRH London

Impunity kills independent journalism

Impunity kills independent investigative journalism, says Agnes Callamard, Executive Director, Article 19. According to her, the lack of successful investigations into the killings of journalists lays the foundation for self-censorship as a method of protection, thereby curtailing journalists from criticising the government through investigate stories tackling issues such as corruption and human rights violations. 27 Nov 2011 »

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