Freedom of Expression in News: Weekly Round Up, 27 April- 5 May 2011

UK: Fred Goodwin’s superinjunction text to be studied by MPs

“Lib Dem MP John Hemming adds to political pressure for clearer regulation of court order system…”
Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk

Egypt: Egyptian authorities must allow peaceful protest and the right to strike

“The Egyptian authorities must abolish a recent law criminalizing peaceful protests and strikes, Amnesty International said ahead of tomorrow’s planned protests for International Workers’ Day in Cairo’s Tahrir Square….”
Link: http://www.amnesty.org

India: Government Committed to Ensure Level Playing Field for Media

“Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Smt. Ambika Soni has said the Government is committed in ensuring level playing field for different segments of the media in order to promote a sustainable growth process and a robust industry….”
Link: http://pib.nic.in

UAE: Detained activists face charges for signing petition demanding reforms

“The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) reports that on 25 April 2011, the UAE authorities issued a resolution to imprison five human rights and internet activists pending investigation on charges of “incitement to break the law, endangering the country’s security, insulting the president and insulting the governor of Dubai “….”
Link: http://www.ifex.org

Thailand: Authorities Silence ‘Red Shirt’ Community Radios

”The Thai government has shut down community radio stations associated with the anti-government “Red Shirt” movement…”
Link: http://www.hrw.org

ANC accused of using Freedom Day celebrations to campaign

‘The ANC has been criticised for using Freedom Day celebrations as a campaign tool…”
Link: http://www.eyewitnessnews.co.za

UK: Labour candidate in Facebook ‘Thatcher die’ apology

“A Labour assembly candidate has apologised after saying on Facebook he hopes the former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher will die soon…”
Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk

Burma: Burma’s hip-hop resistance spreads message of freedom

“Thxa Soe’s music gives country’s youth a focus for dissatisfaction with the junta despite strict censorship…”
Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk

GLOBAL: Press for justice

“The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) is committed to defending and promoting a free and independent press worldwide everyday, but particularly on 3 May, World Press Freedom Day…” Link: http://www.allvoices.com

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