Freedom of Expression

Protest against French bill to curb identification of police amid excessive use of force

Opponents say the law would infringe journalists’ freedom to report, and make it harder to hold police accountable for abuses such as excessive use of force - a growing public concern

Demonstrators hold up placards in front the Eiffel Tower during a protest against a bill that would make it a crime to circulate an image of a police officer's face, at Trocadero square, in Paris, France, on 21 November 2020

Statement in the media

Eminent citizens concerned over charges framed against Prothom Alo editor Matiur Rahman

Eminent citizens of the country have expressed fear that the case filed against Prothom Alo editor Matiur Rahman and four others could be used for muzzling the media in the country. They urged the ...

Eminent citizens concerned over charges framed against Prothom Alo editor Matiur Rahman

Foreign secretary urges all to be patient, not to mix up religious, economic issues

Bangladesh has urged all sides to exercise freedom of expression responsibly and refrain from hurting anybody’s religious sentiment in the name of freedom of expression

Supporters and activists of the Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh, an islamist political party, march towards a French embassy as they take part in a protest calling for the boycott of French products and denouncing French president Emmanuel Macron for his comments over Prophet Mohammed's caricatures, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 2 November 2020

What can be written and what can't

If the credible and established media is gagged, people will turn towards the fake and fabricated news which appears alongside genuine news in the social media

What can be written and what can't

Social Media

Actions for 'false, confusing' posts against govt, police, military: Home ministry

The home ministry has requested people from the country and abroad to abstain from publishing 'fake, confusing and provocative' posts about the government and law enforcement agencies on social media

A combination made by Prothom Alo of the AFP file photo taken on 28 August 2019 shows the logo of US online social media and social networking service, Facebook displayed on a tablet in Lille and the AFP file photo taken on 4 September 2019 shows the logo of the US social networking website Twitter, displayed on a smart-phone screen, in Lille, northern France.

Journalist arrested for 'defamatory Facebook post' on PM

Police on Saturday arrested a journalist for posting slanderous remarks on Facebook about prime minister Sheikh Hasina, reports UNB.

Journalist arrested for 'defamatory Facebook post' on PM

Pakistan bans TikTok over ‘immoral content’

Chinese-owned TikTok which has become a global sensation with its short video clips has a huge user base among young Pakistanis, with some attracting millions of followers

Pakistan bans TikTok over ‘immoral content’

Russian editor self-immolates after police raid

Slavina's website carried out investigative reporting and covered opposition to president Vladimir Putin, her friends and supporters said Friday, a rarity in regional journalism which faces pressure ...

Irina Slavina

Webinar on freedom of speech

‘The names of certain persons can never be uttered in any criticism’

Curtailing freedom of speech meant curtailing democracy and curbing people's empowerment, speakers said at a webinar

Shahdeen Malik

Assange warned he will be removed from extradition hearings if outbursts continue

Assange and WikiLeaks enraged the US government a decade ago by publishing thousands of secret American documents. Assange's supporters see him as a champion of free speech exposing abuses of power ...

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's father John Shipton is seen outside the Old Bailey, the Central Criminal Court ahead of a hearing to decide whether Assange should be extradited to the United States, in London, Britain, 8 September 2020.
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