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Freedom of Expression in the News: Weekly round-up 7 May to 13 May 2011.

Mexico: 20,000 protest against drug violence in Mexico City

Javier Sicilia has led a four day protest in Mexico City to express feelings about the large number of deaths caused by drug-related violence and the government’s response. Sicilia’s son was killed earlier this year.

Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-13331036

Russia: Islamic journalist killed in North Caucasus

In Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Dagestan, a young Islamic journalist was killed on Sunday. This was one of the recent attacks suspected by militants who frequently attack security forces, police and civilians in the area. Yakhya Magomedov worked for the As-Salam newspaper.

Link: http://en.rian.ru/russia/20110509/163926482.html

Egypt: Hundreds gather in Cairo to protest Muslim-Christian clashes

Sectarian tensions led to demonstrations in Egypt in an attempt to address strained Muslim-Christian relations. The majority of protestors were Coptic Christians, who account for nearly 10% of the country’s population. They were protesting Egypt potentially becoming a religious state as a response to the riots provoked last month by the ultraconservative Muslim movement, Salafis.

Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/africa-mideast/hundreds-gather-in-cairo-to-protest-muslim-christian-clashes/article2015166/ Continue reading ‘Freedom of Expression in the News: Weekly round-up 7 May to 13 May 2011.’

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

Freedom of Expression in the News: Weekly Round-up 9 April – 15 April 2011

Canada: In first for Canada, draft Vancouver bylaw could allow Falun Gong protest hut, 14 April 2011

A Vancouver City by-law that was struck down last year for unduly restricting the right to political expression of the Falun Gong Association of Vancouver, who had been holding a round-the-clock vigil in a meditation hut outside the Chinese consulate since 2001, is re-drafted to allow street structures for the purpose of political expression outside consulates in residential areas. Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/british-columbia/bc-politics/in-first-for-canada-draft-vancouver-bylaw-could-allow-falun-gong-protest-hut/article1985450/   

France: Women in face veils detained as France enforces ban, 12 April 2011

France effectively bans Islamic face-concealing veils in public. Many participate in demonstrations and intend to engage in civil disobedience. Link:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-13031397

China: Chinese Christians arrested for trying to hold open-air service, 10 April 2011

An open-air service was planned by Shouwang church after losing its place of worship due to governmental pressure. Church officials and journalists were prevented from accessing the site of the planned service and many were arrested on the site. Link:http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/10/shouwang-church-arrests-bejing-china

Egypt: Blogger’s 3-Year Sentence a Blow to Free Speech, 11 April 2011

Blogger Maikel Nabil is sentenced to three years in prison for insulting the military after unfair trial. Link: http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2011/04/11/egypt-blogger-s-3-year-sentence-blow-free-speech Continue reading ‘Freedom of Expression in the News: Weekly Round-up 9 April – 15 April 2011’

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:http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/25b1cad8-605c-11e0-abba-00144feab49a.html#axzz1IpIlwwEG

Palestine: Palestinian Security Forces Abused Journalists

“Palestinian journalists have been subjected to detention and abuse at the hands of Palestinian security agencies….” Link:http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/06/world/middleeast/06palestinian.html?_r=2&ref=ethanbronner

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:http://www.bianet.org/english/freedom-of-expression/129090-lawyers-apply-for-release-of-journalist-sik Continue reading ‘Freedom of Expression in the News Round-up, week ending 8 April 2011’

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.

Link: http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/yemen/seven-killed-and-hundreds-injured-in-yemen-1.775132

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.

Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-12664346 Continue reading ‘Freedom of Expression in the News: Weekly Round-up 14-18 March 2011’

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.

Link: http://www.swradioafrica.com/news020311/un020311.htm

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.

Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-12626610

Ivory Coast: Ivory Coast newspapers accuse Gbagbo supporters Continue reading ‘Freedom of Expression in the News: Weekly Round-up 26 February-4 March 2011’

Freedom of Expression in the News: Weekly Round-up, 20-25 February 2011

Julian Assange to be extradited to Sweden

The chief magistrate, Howard Riddle, ruled today that founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, was to be extradited to Sweden under the European arrest warrant procedure. Assange fears that extradition to Sweden is just one stepping stone to get him to the USA where Washington is currently trying to find offences to charge him of in relation to release of US embassy cables by Wikileaks.  The judge mentioned that this fear was unfounded, given that Sweden would have to first ask the permission of the UK before Assange was ever extradited to USA.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/feb/24/julian-assange-extradition-sweden-verdict

 Armistice Day poppy-burning demo ‘sickened’ observer

The trial of Mohammad Haque and Emdadur Choudhury, members of Muslims Against Crusades, began this week. They were accused of burning three oversized plastic poppies in a way that was likely to cause ‘harassment, harm or distress’. The prosecution alleges that their actions went beyond the bounds of legitimate protest and freedom of expression. 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-12551338?cid=dlvr.it Continue reading ‘Freedom of Expression in the News: Weekly Round-up, 20-25 February 2011’

Freedom of Expression in the News: Weekly Round-up, 9-14 January 2011

Iraq: Free Speech Protests in Kurdistan

Protestors in Iraq’s Kurdistan region gathered to oppose a new Iraqi law that requires all demonstrations to have a government permit. This new law is said to be amongst several others that have emerged in the past six months, that function to curtail freedom of speech in the region. Iraq has sued several media organizations for publishing work that is critical of the government. Iraq has defended its actions on the grounds that the country is experiencing a period of instability.

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/05/world/middleeast/05briefs-iraq.html?_r=1&ref=freedomofspeechandexpression

Pakistan: Life in jail for two Pakistani Muslim blasphemers

A terrorism court in Pakistan’s eastern province of Punjab has sentenced a Muslim prayer leader and his son to jail for blasphemy. The sentence carries a mandatory death penalty. The charges came after the pair allegedly tore down and trampled on a poster created for a gathering to celebrate the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. The charges are said to be motivated by sectarian differences and that blasphemy laws are in fact often used to target minority faiths. The attorneys for the men have said they intend to appeal the sentence.

Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-12169123 Continue reading ‘Freedom of Expression in the News: Weekly Round-up, 9-14 January 2011’

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

In Iran, Internet surfers battle cyber police

TEHRAN — Western sanctions have done little to stop the flow of computers and software to Iran, where the real challenge for cyber surfers is getting around local censors who block thousands of websites, including Facebook and YouTube. Last month, authorities launched the Islamic republic’s first Internet police unit to counter the growing popularity of web-based social networks, expected to increase cyber roadblocks in a country with the Middle East’s highest number of web surfers.

Link:  http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gGuq_ANStIVwFK0ZtLNDV-KCUfSw?docId=CNG.4bf1d9b99ad76d5eb936170dbf8befbe.221

Libya: Protests ‘rock city of Benghazi’

There are reports of protests by hundreds of people in the Libyan city of Benghazi. Eyewitnesses told the BBC that the unrest had been triggered by the arrest of a lawyer who is an outspoken critic of the government.

Link:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12477275 Continue reading ‘Freedom of Expression in the News: Weekly Round-up, 14-18 February 2011’

Freedom of Expression in the News: Weekly Round-Up, 5th – 11th February 2011

Rwanda: women journalists get 17, 7 years in Jail

Agnes Uwimana Nkusi, The Rwandese Editor of the bi-monthly  journal Umurabyo  and one of the journal’s reporters, Saidath Mukakibibi, were respectively sentenced to 17 and 7 years imprisonment by the Kingali High Court. They were convicted of inciting civil disobedience, causing divisions, and denying the 1994 genocide.

LINK: http://www.ifex.org/rwanda/2011/02/09/nkusi_mukakibibi_sentenced/

China: Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng ‘beaten’

Chinese Human Rights Defenders reported to the news that prominent Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng and his wife Yuan Weijin had been severely beaten.

The punitive action followed the recent release of a secret video showing the couple living under house arrest. The video was made public by a US-based campaign group called China Aid.

Guangcheng spent the last four years in jail. He was arrested soon after speaking out publically  on the forced abortions or sterilisations against up to 7 000 women carried out by the Chinese authorities in the province where he lives, Shandong. Guangcheng is also known for having provided legal aid to local people. Nevertheless, he was formally charged with damaging property and disrupting the traffic.

LINK: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12428385

Continue reading ‘Freedom of Expression in the News: Weekly Round-Up, 5th – 11th February 2011’


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