This week alone, Maria Ressa is required to appear in court in the Philippines on three separate dates. Ahead of another cluster of court proceedings against her the #HoldTheLine coalition calls for an end to the escalating campaign of legal harassment.
On 3 February, Erol Önderoğlu – Turkey’s representative to Reporters Without Borders – will stand trial on charges of “propaganda for a terrorist organisation”, “open incitement to commit crimes” and “praising a crime and a criminal”. GFMD joins 17 NGOs to condemn the prosecution of Önderoğlu and his co-defendants.
The #HoldTheLine Coalition, a collective of 78 civil society and journalism organisations, demands the Philippines authorities drop the thirds cyber libel charge against journalist and Rappler CEO, Maria Ressa.
On 12 November, GFMD hosted a webinar focusing on the working conditions of local Syrian journalists and the level of support they receive from international and local media organisations.
In 1999 the UN declared November 25 the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women to raise public awareness about systematical gender-based violence. GFMD members organised several activities and programmes to illuminate the issue.