Violence against Reporters as Brazil Votes: Daily Brief

Journalists in Brazil face violence & abuse before Presidential election; Saudi-led airstrike kills civilians in Yemen; son of murdered Saudi reporter Jamal Khashoggi reaches safety; authorities in India target Amnesty International; unjustly jailed environmentalists in Iran may face death penalty; Palestinian Authority vows to investigate systematic torture; and Hong Kong’s heightened crackdown on dissent.

All is not well in Brazil before the second round of presidential elections on Sunday. Human Rights Watch and five other independent organizations have asked the candidates, Jair Bolsonaro and Fernando Haddad, to vigorously denounce threats and violence against journalists covering the election campaign.

At least 21 people have been killed when the Saudi-led coalition bombed an open-air market outside Hodeida in Yemen, according to representatives of the United Nations.

Some positive news in the horrible saga around the disappearance and murder of Saudi reporter Jamal Khashoggi. His son Salah has left Saudi Arabia, and is in a safe place now.

Indian autorities have raided an office of Amnesty International in Bengaluru, in the southern Karnataka state.

The authorities in Iran have issued indictments against eight detained environmental activists that could lead to the death penalty

There's welcome news from the Palestinian Authority, which has vowed to investigate Human Rights Watch findings and recommendations in a report on arbitrary arrests and systematic torture in Palestine, that was released this week. 

The government in Hong Kong should end its efforts to erode political participation of individuals and parties that peacefully disagree with it, and instead turn its efforts toward bolstering universal suffrage as guaranteed under the law.