Red notices have become a tool of political abuse by oppressive regimes, according to the Index on Censorship. Since August, at least six journalists have been targeted across Europe by international arrest warrants issued by Turkey, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. A spokesperson from the Index on Censorship said Interpol’s own constitution bars it from interventions that are political in nature and said that in all these cases, the accusations against the journalists were politically motivated. In the most recent case on 21 October, journalist and blogger Zhanara Akhmet from Kazakhstan was detained in Ukraine on an Interpol warrant and is currently in a temporary detention facility.
Source: Index on Censorship
Posted on: October 30, 2017