Freedom of Expression in the News: Weekly Round-up 26 February-4 March 2011

Zimbabwe: U.N. human rights chief calls for release of Zimbabwe activists

The UN human rights chief has called for the release of activists who have been detained in Zimbabwe for treason. There are reports that the prisoners have suffered torture and beatings while being held in custody.  Amongst these reports, the AU is being criticized for failing to speak out against Mugabe’s actions.


France: John Galliano to stand trial for racial outburst

After an anti-Semitic outburst in a Parisian café, British fashion designer John Galliano is set to stand trial in France.


Ivory Coast: Ivory Coast newspapers accuse Gbagbo supporters

Newspapers in Ivory Coast are shutting down in reaction to physical threats that have been made against members of their staffs.  This is said to be due to the newspapers’ backing of Mr. Gbagbo’s rival, Alassane Ouattara. The newspapers are also reporting being fined and other forms of harassment.


UK: Freedom of (extremist) speech

Universities in the UK are discussing whether to ban controversial speakers from campuses.



1 Response to “Freedom of Expression in the News: Weekly Round-up 26 February-4 March 2011”

  1. 1 Charles N. Davis March 10, 2011 at 1:48 pm


    Thought your readers might enjoy knowing about my freedom of information blog, The Art of Access

    Any publicity greatly appreciated and will be reciprocated!

    Charles N. Davis
    Associate Professor
    University of Missouri School of Journalism

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