Freedom of Expression in the News: Weekly Round-up 14-18 March 2011

Yemen:  Seven killed and hundreds injured in Yemen

Sana’a: Two more anti-regime protesters died in Yemen on Sunday, a day after police shot them in the head, raising the death toll from demonstrations against President Ali Abdullah Saleh to seven. The two succumbed to wounds after “being shot in the head” in the southern city of Aden, a medic said, adding four other demonstrators were in a critical condition after also being shot in the head.


U.K.:  Man guilty of burning poppies at Armistice Day protest

A Muslim extremist has been found guilty of burning poppies at a protest in west London on Armistice Day. Emdadur Choudhury, 26, of Spitalfields, east London, was fined £50 for offences under the Public Order Act.


Yemen deports 4 journalists for protest coverage

Cairo: Armed Yemeni security forces raided an apartment shared by four Western journalists on Monday and deported them because of their coverage of a growing uprising against the country’s longtime ruler, one of the reporters said.


Bahrain declares martial law as protesters clash with troops

The streets of Bahrain’s capital, Manama, have again erupted in violence as the kingdom’s besieged monarch declared martial law and ordered troops – including Saudi forces – to take all measures to quell a festering rebellion.


U.K.:  The right to burn poppies

THE SUN, Britain’s best-selling daily newspaper, devotes its front page today to the £50 fine imposed on a Muslim extremist, Emdamur Choudhury, after he burned Remembrance Day poppies and chanted anti-military slogans during a two-minute silence on Armistice Day last November 11th.


A Gross miscarriage of justice?

Mr Gross, who worked for a firm called Development Alternatives Inc., was participating in a programme to improve internet access for Cuba’s Jews, which the government deemed “subversive”.



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