Freedom of Expression in the News Round-up, week ending 8 April 2011

Saudi Arabia: Online law curbs Saudi freedom of expression

“In Saudi Arabia online activists fear a new electronic publication law is curtailing nascent freedom of expression….” Link:

Palestine: Palestinian Security Forces Abused Journalists

“Palestinian journalists have been subjected to detention and abuse at the hands of Palestinian security agencies….” Link:

Turkey: Lawyers Apply for Release of Journalist Şık

 “The lawyers of arrested journalist Ahmet Şık applied to the Istanbul 14th High Criminal Court on Duty for the release of their client. At the same time, they addressed the Ministry of the Interior with a request to lift the ban from Şık’s unpublished book…” Link:

Vietnam: Vietnamese rights lawyer jailed over call for democracy

“A dissident lawyer and son of a Vietnamese communist revolutionary leader has been sentenced to seven years in prison and a further three years’ house arrest for calling for an end to Vietnam’s government and its one-party system…”


USA: A Wiki Takes Aim at Obama

“Steven J. Law, the president of Crossroads GPS, a well-financed conservative political group with ties to Karl Rove, had a revelation a few months ago while watching television news…”


China: Ai Weiwei’s detention in China causes growing global concern

” Britain, the United States and the European Union, as well as leading figures in the art world, have joined the growing international outcry over the detention of the outspoken Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and Beijing’s wider crackdown on dissidents and activists…”


Turkey: “Freedom of Expression” – Part of Daily Routine in Turkey

“In his commentary published in the Guardian, Cengiz Çandar has recently accused of Western media by pursuing a dubious agenda against the AKP government in portraying the current developments in Turkey as signs of the rise of a police state…”



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