Press freedom experts met in Lithuania to discuss Belarus’s ongoing crackdown on independent media, which has seen approximately 400 journalists forced into exile and 32 still behind bars.
“We decided to file a complaint against Alexander Lukashenko himself because he was the direct instigator of this act of hijacking for terrorist purposes, and the term is not excessive.”
Ilhomjon Yakubov is the former head of the opposition Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan and is living in exile in Lithuania. The assault is the latest in a long line of what appear to be politically-motivated attacks on critics of the Tajikistan government.
The repeal of the two insult articles came after IPI and ARTICLE 19 conducted a joint mission to Lithuania, urging lawmakers to bring the country’s defamation law more in line with international standards.
A defamation reform bill pending before the Lithuanian Parliament would constitute a welcome step in the right direction, but should be further amended to meet international standards, the International Press Institute (IPI) and Article 19 said, following a joint two-day mission to Lithuania.
The Lithuanian intelligence services tapped the phones of at least 17 journalists with Vilnius-based Baltic News Services on a prosecutor’s orders in 2013 and 2014, it was learned this month. Officials also questioned journalists and seized computers in a bid to identify the source of a leak.
Human Rights Watch urges Parliament to reject law proposal forbidding public information that encourages homosexual relations.
WAN-IFRA calls on European governments to help ensure that Lithuania respects freedom of the press following approval of law that makes it a crime to ridicule someone.
The Lithuanian parliament should not revive a proposed law that had been vetoed by the president, to ban references to gay, lesbian, and bisexual relations in public places, Human Rights Watch said.
Human Rights Watch asks government to veto proposed law that would ban references to gay, lesbian, and bisexual relations in public places.
(WPFC/IFEX) – The following is a 27 December 2007 WPFC letter to the Radio and Television Commission of Lithuania: Open letter to the Radio and Television Commission of Lithuania The World Press Freedom Committee is very concerned by a recent decision, by a vote of 11-1 of Lithuania’s Radio and Television Commission, to “protect” Lithuanian […]
Newspaper issue seized; editor briefly detained; newsroom, editor’s home searched and hard drives confiscated
(CPJ/IFEX) – The following is an 8 September 2006 CPJ press release: Lithuanian security agents seize all copies of newspaper Paper was to report on alleged political corruption New York, September 8, 2006 – The Committee to Protect Journalists deplores Lithuanian security agents’ seizure of all 15,000 copies of the semimonthly Laisvas Laikrastis (Free Newspaper), […]
(CPJ/IFEX) – The following is a 21 September 2004 CPJ press release: KREMLIN PRESSURES LITHUANIA TO CLOSE PRO-CHECHEN WEB SITE New York, September 21, 2004-Lithuania’s State Security Department (VSD) closed the pro-Chechen Web site KavkazCenter on Friday after coming under intense pressure from the Kremlin, according to local and international press reports. The closure came […]