Reporters Without Borders

Regional News • Europe • Germany
Reporters Without Borders files criminal charges against Mohammed bin Salman
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Credit: U.S. Secretary of Defense (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The Reporters Without Borders (RSF) announced it has filed a criminal complaint with the German Public Prosecutor General of the Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe, detailing a litany of crimes against humanity committed against journalists in Saudi Arabia.

The complaint targets Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and other high-ranking Saudi officials and addresses 35 cases of journalists: slain Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi, and 34 journalists who have been jailed in Saudi Arabia, including 33 currently in detention -- among them, blogger Raif Badawi.

"In Saudi Arabia, journalists, who are a civilian population according to international law, are victims of widespread and systematic attacks for political reasons in furtherance of a state policy aimed at punishing or silencing them," an RSF statement said.

Business • Media & Advertising
Report: 387 journalists are imprisoned worldwide
Report: 387 journalists are imprisoned worldwide
Credit: / The Climate Reality Project

According to the annual press freedom survey published by the organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF) at least 387 journalists are imprisoned worldwide. According to the data, fifty-four journalists are currently considered abducted, and four disappeared in 2020.

Over 130 journalists have been arrested for their reporting on the Covid-19 pandemic.

Regional News • Africa
Cameroon: Journalists protests death of Samuel Wazizi

Cameroonian CMTV journalist Samuel Wazizi was arrested in August 2019 because he was "accused of speaking critically on the air about the authorities and their handling of the crisis". Tuesday his death was announced on Cameroonian television and Wednesday RSF (Reporters Without Borders) confirmed his death. Journalists are now protesting in Buea, demanding answers.