Poles commemorate 1989 vote with marches and criticism of government

Twenty-seven years after democratic elections returned to Poland, a series of so-called freedom marches and picnics took place across the country on Saturday, simultaneously celebrating democracy and accusing the current government of dismantling it.

Thais march in Bangkok to protest two years of military rule

At least 100 people gathered in Bangkok on Sunday to call for more freedom as the country marked its second anniversary under military rule. 

Convicted Turkish journalist calls on Germany to defend press freedom

Turkish journalist Erdem Gul, who has been sentenced to five years in prison for revealing state secrets, called on the German government to do more for press freedom in his country in an interview with daily Die Welt published on Saturday.

President: Freedom of media much better than some try to portray

"It is true that there are incidents in Croatia, I'm not denying that, they occur in every country," Grabar-Kitarovic said in an interview with the HRT public broadcaster when asked to comment on criticisms in foreign media about the fascistisation of Croatia.

Parliament Speaker points out importance of media freedoms and responsibilities

Reiner underscored it was the responsibility of all of society to advocate freedom of expression "however, a freedom that needs to be expressed in a fair manner with regard to whoever or whatever is being reported about."

Journalists protest against deteriorated media freedom

Protesters laid down their pens in front of the ministry under a banner with the UN human rights charter and the constitutional article guaranteeing freedom of the press, as a symbolic gesture to show that the government is downplaying these guaranteed rights.

Global press freedom in "deep and disturbing" decline, watchdog says

Freedom of the press is experiencing a "deep and disturbing" decline, with increased state control of media and the rise of authoritarian governments, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said in its annual press freedom index released Wednesday.

Croatia down five places on World Press Freedom Index

World press freedom deteriorated in all parts of the world in 2015, including in Croatia, which dropped five places in the rankings in comparison to 2014, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) says in its annual report.

Erdogan says fight against terrorism more important than democracy

The fight against terrorism is more important than "democracy, freedom and rule of law," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says.

OSCE rep. expresses "serious concerns" about media freedoms in Croatia

"These actions by the authorities raise serious concerns about the overall media freedom situation in the country," the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatovic, said in a press release.

French constitutional council objects to part of emergency measures

France's highest constitutional authority said taking information during searches conducted under state of emergency measures constitutes unauthorized seizure, the council said in a decision released Friday.

Young photographer whose tears moved Egypt released from jail

Pictures of al-Taweel being assisted from a prison van by officers and weeping at her first court hearing in November caused a wave of anger on Egyptian social media.

HHO presents awards for human rights promotion

"At a time when a real war of words was being fought in Croatia, the calm and civilised actions of the person holding the second highest office in Croatia were all too important,"