Tag Archives: freedom of the media

The Assange Arrest is a Warning from History

by John Pilger

The glimpse of Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy in London is an emblem of the times. Might against right. Muscle against the law. Indecency against courage. Six policemen manhandled a sick journalist, his eyes wincing against his first natural light in almost seven years.

Ukraine | Ukrainian officials condemned Ukrainian journalists in Warsaw

On September 11, an OSCE-led Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, devoted to human rights and democracy, was held in Warsaw. This event is held by the OSCE every year.

There was a conflict between the Ukrainian government delegation and opposition journalists at the meeting. Independent journalists held a roundtable where they announced harassment and pressure on journalists by the Ukrainian authorities. There were the speakers as Ruslan Kotsaba, who spent 524 days in jail for calls against conscription, Dmitry Vasilets, convicted for 9 years allegedly for separatism, head of the media holding “Vesti” Olga Semchenko, as well as Olga Shariy, the wife of Anatoly Shariy, who became the first Ukrainian journalist received the status of political refugee in Europe.

New Facebook Alliance Endangers Access to News about Latin America

by W.T. Whitney Jr.

North Americans depending solely on English-language sources for unbiased political information from Latin America have few options. They include TeleSUR’s English-language reports on the entire region and news from Venezuela provided by Venezuelanalysis.com. The government of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, vilified by the United States, provided the impetus for TeleSUR.

Ecuador’s Ex-President Rafael Correa Denounces Treatment of Julian Assange as “Torture”

by Glenn Greenwald

Former Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa, in an exclusive interview with The Intercept on Wednesday morning, denounced his country’s current government for blocking Julian Assange from receiving visitors in its embassy in London as a form of “torture” and a violation of Ecuador’s duties to protect Assange’s safety and well-being. Correa said this took place in the context of Ecuador no longer maintaining “normal sovereign relations with the American government — just submission.”

Turkey | Turkey sentences 4 journalists to life in prison, releases and indicts another

Istanbul, February 16, a Turkish court handed life sentences to Ahmet Altan, an internationally recognized novelist and former chief editor for the shuttered daily Taraf; Mehmet Altan, an academic, columnist, and TV host, most recently with shuttered outlets Can Erzincan TV and the daily Özgür Düşünce; Nazlı Ilıcak, a veteran journalist, columnist, and TV host, most recently with shuttered outlets Can Erzincan TV and the daily Özgür Düşünce; and Fevzi Yazıcı, former layout editor for the shuttered daily Zaman. The four, who have been jailed since 2016, were found guilty of attempting to topple Turkey’s constitutional order in the failed July 2016 coup attempt through their journalistic activities, according to news reports.