Freedom of Expression in the News: Weekly round-up, 1 – 5 November 2010

 UK: ‘Christian couple barred from fostering children because of their views on homosexuality go to court,’ 1 November 2010

Church of England bishops have claimed that gay rights law are stifling the freedom of speech.


South Africa: ‘Press gag 1, by a South African judge,’ 1 November 2010

The Sunday Independent has been prohibited from publishing a story about alleged nepotism in the country’s crime intelligence division.


 Hong Kong: ‘Press gag 2, by a Hong Kong judge,’ 1 November 2010

 The press has been forbidden from reporting on court hearings involving a woman sentenced to life imprisonment in 2005 for the murder of her husband.


 Somalia: ‘A call for the President of Puntland to respect the freedom of expression,’ 1 November 2010

 A number of journalists and freedom of expressions organisations have submitted their concerns at the deteriorating media freedom situation in parts of Somalia controlled by Puntland.


 Venezuela: ‘Venezuela organizations denounce violations of freedom of expression,’ 1 November 2010

 Civil society organisations have asked the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to closely monitor events in Venezuela that might constitute violations of the freedom of speech.


 Brazil: ‘Brazil’s future president Dilma Rousseff promises press freedom,’ 2 November 2010

 The President-elect’s acceptance speech highlighted the role of the press and promised that her government would guarantee the freedom of expression.


 Australia: ‘Epoch Times Office Attack a Threat to Freedom of Speech,’ 3 November 2010

 The office of a newspaper was shot at in Queensland, Australia, in what was allegedly an act of intimidation, intended to suppress information that the paper had received about human rights abuses in China.


 US: ‘Michigan Teacher Reprimanded in “Free Speech” flap,’ 3 November 2010

 A Michigan teacher has been reprimanded after forbidding confederate flags and symbols in the classroom.


 Singapore: ‘British author faces prison sentence,’ 4 November 2010

 Alan Shandrake has been convicted in Singapore for challenging the integrity of the state’s judiciary, and will be sentenced next week. Penalties for the offence include custodial sentencing and fines.


 France: ‘Sarkozy accused of using security service to spy on journalists,’ 4 November 2010

 The claim by French journalists follows litigation by a high profile French newspaper and a series of burglaries at the homes of investigative reporters.


 US: YouTube Pulls Videos by Al Qaida Cleric

 YouTube removed some of the videos posted by Anwar al-Awlaki after pressure from British and American officials.




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