Women Journalists Without Chains (WJWC) expresses deep concern as Iran intensifies violations against journalists ahead of Mahsa Amini's tragic death anniversary. Independent media faces severe repression, with arrests, torture, and restrictions on their work.
Women Journalists Without Chains strongly condemns the brutal assault on journalist Mujali Al-Samadi and calls on the international community, led by the United Nations and the International Federation of Journalists, to denounce the attack, support Al-Samadi, and demand an end to the targeting of journalists and the violation of press freedoms in Yemen.
There's an old saying that "the truth will set you free." But for journalists in the Middle East and North Africa, telling the truth can come at a high cost. In the pursuit of reporting on critical issues and defending democratic values, journalists in the region face unprecedented obstacles, including physical violence, imprisonment, and censorship. Despite the risks, they continue to work tirelessly to uncover the truth. In this report, we explore the major challenges facing male and female journalists in the region, and emphasize the need for collective action to safeguard the freedom of the press and support the vital work of journalists in defending human rights and democratic values.
In a notable step, the Egyptian government has granted freedom to Hisham Abdel Aziz, a prominent journalist affiliated with Al-Jazeera Mubasher, much to the elation of Women Journalists Without Chains. While expressing their delight over this decision, the organization also urges the authorities to demonstrate a commitment to press freedom by releasing all other journalists who have been detained.