Belarusian authorities have detained an investigative journalist who has criticised the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, accusing him of taking a bribe to write a story about corruption in the health system.
The 2014 arrest and pre-trial detention of Azerbaijani journalist and OCCRP contributor Khadija Ismayilova was unlawful and politically motivated, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled on Thursday.
The journalists of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) face grave dangers and increasingly difficult challenges in their efforts to expose high-level corruption and government links to organized crime.
The Securities and Exchange Commission of the Philippines has revoked the operating license of a major news platform Rappler in a move many lament as a blow to press freedom. Rappler and certain watchdog organizations suspect that the SEC’s ruling is a politically motivated effort by the Duterte administration to stifle criticism of the government.
Khadija Ismayilova, an investigative journalist and OCCRP partner facing criminal libel charges in Azerbaijan, could not attend a hearing scheduled at the US Capitol to testify on fighting corruption due to a travel ban she claims is illegal.
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