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(Brussels, July 15, 2015) – Journalists in the Western Balkans work in a hostile environment that directly affects their ability to do critical, independent reporting essential to a democratic society. Authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo,…
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 Vladimir Mitrić, a Serbian journalist, has always been drawn towards unearthing the darker side of life: human and drug smuggling; war crimes; corrupt politicians, war profiteers, tycoons and murders shielded by…
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It’s not easy to be an investigative journalist in the Western Balkans. Besides the inherent challenges of the job, reporters can face physical attacks, intimidation, even death threats. Reporting an attack to the authorities rarely brings justice.…
A cartoon in Serbian Blic satirizing Olja Bećković’s weekly TV show Utisak Nedelje
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If Kosovo is serious about its European future, whoever forms the next government faces a big job to improve its justice system and human rights record. Kosovo took another step toward this European future on June 8, with its second general election since…
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Parliament Should Strike Criminal Defamation, Compulsion to Reveal Sources

(Berlin) – Kosovo’s National Assembly should remove provisions from the draft criminal code that criminalize defamation and compel journalists to reveal their sources, Human Rights Watch said yesterday in a letter to members of the National Assembly’s…
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Basic Reforms are Necessary to Protect Fundamental Rights

Chile should limit the scope of its military justice system and reform the country's anti-terrorism law so that it can no longer be used to prosecute actions that do not constitute grave crimes of political violence, Human Rights Watch said today. The…
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Libel Charges Against Journalist Undermine Free Speech

(Washington, DC) - Chile should not use criminal libel laws to prevent individuals, in particular journalists, from fulfilling their role in disseminating information on matters of serious public concern, Human Rights Watch said today.Pascale Bonnefoy, a…
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Government Should Condemn Threats and Defend Press Freedom

(Brussels) - Kosovo's president and prime minister should forcefully condemn recent threats against the independent journalist Jeta Xharra in a newspaper that receives substantial advertising revenues from the government, Human Rights Watch said today.…
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(Santiago, March 10, 2005) - Chile should reform its criminal and military justice codes to eliminate provisions that criminalize speech that is disrespectful of public authorities, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the chair of a Senate…
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(Santiago, Chile) — The criminal defamation conviction in Chile of a former political prisoner, who claims that she was sexually abused while detained by the Chilean army after the 1973 coup, raises serious freedom of expression concerns, Human Rights…
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(Washington, D.C.) A Chilean court order barring a television station from broadcasting a program about a murder case violates international human rights standards, Human Rights Watch said today. A Santiago court yesterday ordered Chilean National…
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(New York) - The Chilean government's decision to give urgent attention to draft legislation on free expression reform represents a major stride toward opening up the public debate, Human Rights Watch said today. The government of President Ricardo Lagos…
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(New York) - Human Rights Watch called for the release of Chilean businessman Eduardo Yañez, who was arrested today in Santiago and faces prosecution on charges of lack of respect for authority. Yañez criticized the Chilean judiciary on a television show…
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Eliminate Remaining Restrictions on Free Expression

The passage of a new press law in Chile represents an important step toward protecting freedom of expression, Human Rights Watch said today. While welcoming the legislation, which passed the Senate yesterday, Human Rights Watch warned that press freedom…
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(Washington, DC) - Human Rights Watch today welcomed President Ricardo Lagos's proposal to introduce legislation to repeal contempt of authority provisions of the Chilean Criminal Code. The proposed reforms, which would put an end to the special legal…