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Journalist Jineth Bedoya, who was kidnapped, raped and tortured by paramilitaries 21 years ago, on Tuesday applauded the “historic” decision by a regional rights court to hold the Colombian state responsible for her violent assault. The Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled Monday that the acts against Bedoya “could not have been carried out without […]

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights on Monday ruled that the state of Colombia bears responsibility for the ordeal of a female journalist who was kidnapped, raped and then tortured in 2000 by paramilitaries. Jineth Bedoya was working for the El Espectador newspaper at the time, investigating a weapons smuggling ring, when she was abducted […]

Ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi will not call any defence witnesses at her incitement trial in a junta court, her lawyer said Tuesday, as the military hit a detained US journalist with another criminal charge. Suu Kyi went on trial in June, four months after she was taken into custody in a coup […]

An American journalist imprisoned by Myanmar’s junta since May has been hit with a second criminal charge, his lawyer told AFP on Tuesday. Danny Fenster, managing editor of Frontier Myanmar, was detained at Yangon International Airport as he attempted to leave the country. He is currently on trial for allegedly encouraging dissent against the military, […]

World leaders were on the defensive Monday after the release of millions of documents detailing how heads of state use offshore tax havens to stash assets worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Thirty five current and former leaders are featured in roughly 11.9 million documents leaked from financial services companies that include reports of luxury […]

Dispatches from AFP concerning freedom of information, censorship and news coverage in regions where independent media is under threat.