Opinion

Freedom of expression is under threat in Iraq, again

A draft law could see people accused of 'damaging' the reputation of the country jailed for life.

Ines Osman

by Ines Osman

Ines Osman

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia suspends TV show that aired critical views

The evening talk show 'With Dawood' was cancelled by authorities for 'unknown reasons', according to state media.

Saudi Arabia suspends TV show that aired critical views

Middle East

Renowned Egyptian photojournalist released from prison

Mahmoud Abu Zeid, better known as Shawkan, was arrested while covering a crackdown on anti-military protests in 2013.

Renowned Egyptian news photographer Shawkan released from prison

The Listening Post

Family ties: The story of the Chamorro dynasty

The tale of a family that lives and works at the intersection of journalism and politics in Nicaragua.

Turkey

Turkey refuses accreditation renewal for senior German reporters

The decision to ban two senior journalists prompts protests from Berlin, which says the move is 'incomprehensible'.

Turkey refuses accreditation renewal for senior German reporters

Egypt

Egypt denies entry to New York Times journalist

US reporter David Kirkpatrick held for seven hours without food or water before being sent back on a flight to London.

NYT journalist David Kirkpatrick barred from entering Egypt

Philippines

'Finally out': Journalist Maria Ressa freed on bail

Rappler editor and critic of Duterte's administration posts bail a day after widely condemned arrest on libel charges.

Philippine journalist Maria Ressa released on bail

Media

'Outrageous' arrest of Duterte critic sharply denounced

The case, under a controversial law penalising online libel, stems from a news story published before law was passed.

Iran

Iran jailed hundreds of journalists after 1979 revolution: RSF

Files leaked to media watchdog show at least four journalists were allegedly killed by the government between 1979-2009.

Iran jailed hundreds of journalists after 1979 revolution: RSF

Media

Washington Post to air Super Bowl ad showcasing reporters' plight

The 60-second commercial, narrated by Tom Hanks, will highlight dangers journalists face in the field.

Washington Post to air Super Bowl ad showcasing reporters' plight

Asia Pacific

Myanmar using 'oppressive laws' against peaceful critics: HRW

Rights group says freedom of expression deteriorating since Aung San Suu Kyi's government took office in 2016.

Myanmar using 'oppressive laws' against peaceful critics: HRW

Thailand

Threats and abuse: Critics fear effect of new Thailand cyber law

Despite revisions, critics fear legislation will be used to stifle debate ahead of elections scheduled for March.

 Threats and abuse: Critics fear effect of new Thailand cyber law

United States

Iranian TV anchor held as witness freed from US jail

Press TV journalist Marzieh Hashemi, a US national, released after 10-day detention in Washington.

Iranian TV anchor held as witness freed from US jail

Press TV

US confirms jailed Iranian TV anchor not charged with crime

Marzieh Hashemi was taken to a court to give evidence before a grand jury as a material witness, court papers said.

US confirms jailed Iranian TV anchor not charged with crime

Iran

Iran state TV: US-born newscaster to appear in Washington court

Marzieh Hashemi - born Melanie Franklin - travelled to the US to visit her family when the FBI arrested her.

Iran state TV: US-born newscaster to appear in Washington court