جمعه ۱ بهمن ۱۳۹۵ تهران ۲۰:۱۵ - ۲۰ ژانویه ۲۰۱۷
International rights and press groups today criticized governments in Eastern Europe and Western and Central Asia for continued violations of human rights and press freedom.
The Paris-based organization Reporters Sans Frontieres released a report saying Iraq remains the world's most dangerous country for journalists, with 19 killed last year and more than 12 kidnapped. The group also said Iran remains the Middle East's biggest prison for journalists, with 13 jailed during 2004 and at least 60 summoned by police or the courts.
The group branded the leaders of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan as being "predators" - those accused of direct responsibility for media freedom violations.
The London-based rights organization Amnesty International issued a press release today that criticized some governments in Europe and Central Asia for rights violations.
The press release listed Russia, Belarus, Turkey and Turkmenistan as being among countries with the poorest record of government harassment and persecution of people for peacefully exercising their rights.
The International Press Institute said in all regions of the world there are government’s intent on hindering the media's work.
The IPI said governments use press laws, hastily enacted emergency legislation, false arrest and imprisonment and physical violence, threats and intimidation to muzzle reporters.