• Impunity for religious extremists threatens peace in the Maldives Impunity for religious extremists threatens peace in the Maldives

    A failure to prosecute past crimes by religious extremists in the Maldives is causing major problems for the future of democracy in the country. Fazla Abdul-Samad unpacks the situation. Despite recent steps to put the Maldives back on the road to democracy, undoing decades of political patronage has proven difficult since the reign of the […]

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  • Sri Lanka: Journalist arrested and put under remand Sri Lanka: Journalist arrested and put under remand

    Freelance Journalist Malika Abeykoon, who was assaulted and arrested by Sri Lankan police on April 7, has been placed on remand until April 12. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its Sri Lankan affiliates, the Federation of Media Employees Trade Unions (FMETU) and the Free Media Movement (FMM) demand his immediate release. Abeykoon was arrested while […]

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  • Afghanistan: 11 Taliban members arrested in connection with journalist killing Afghanistan: 11 Taliban members arrested in connection with journalist killing

    In a key development in the fight against impunity, Afghanistan’s police arrested 11 Taliban members on April 7 for their suspected role in a series of targeted killings, including that of journalist Yama Siawash. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) welcomes the arrests and calls for justice to be secured in accordance with the rule […]

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  • Pakistan: PFUJ Secretary General receives death threat Pakistan: PFUJ Secretary General receives death threat

    Media union leader Rana Muhammad Azeem, secretary general of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), received a death threat after exposing a mafia gangster in a television appearance. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its Pakistan affiliate to call for an urgent investigation into the threat.  The PFUJ said on March 26 that its Secretary […]

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  • Sri Lanka: Journalist charged with ‘false claim’ of abduction Sri Lanka: Journalist charged with ‘false claim’ of abduction

    Sri Lankan journalist Sujeewa Gamage, who was arrested by police for allegedly making ‘false claims’ about his own abduction, was granted bail on March 19. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and Sri Lankan affiliate the Free Media Movement (FMM) call on Sri Lankan police to cease arbitrary arrests of  journalists in the country and […]

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