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Mar. 18, 2015 | Press Releases

Oslo Freedom Forum Speaker Abdulkarim al-Khaiwani Assassinated in Yemen


NEW YORK (March 18, 2015) – Prominent Yemeni journalist, press freedom advocate, and whistleblower Abdulkarim al-Khaiwani was assassinated earlier today by unknown gunmen outside of his home in Sanaa. Al-Khaiwani, who spoke at the 2010 Oslo Freedom Forum, was one of Yemen’s most effective journalists.  He endured years of harassment, kidnappings, and death threats in retaliation for his outspoken criticism of Yemen’s 30-year dictatorship and his exposés on government corruption. His son, the writer Mohammed al-Khaiwani, witnessed the attack, in which several men on motorcycles opened fire on his father and then fled the scene.

Mar. 17, 2015 | Press Releases

Oslo Freedom Forum Speaker Arrested in Malaysia


NEW YORK (March 17, 2015)—Malaysian lawmaker Nurul Izzah Anwar, daughter of jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, was arrested yesterday by government security forces. Izzah was detained for attending a March 7 opposition rally and for making remarks last week in Parliament that criticized Malaysia's judicial system. After being held overnight, she was released earlier this morning and during a press conference earlier today condemned the arrest as a “flagrant attack on democracy” and a “cowardly tactic to intimidate the opposition.” Izzah is confirmed to speak at the upcoming 2015 Oslo Freedom Forum on May 26, and was invited to focus on the state of human rights in Malaysia. 

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