21 May 2009

Volume 12 - 2003 Issue 32 (12 Aug 2003)


United States

INDEX ON CENSORSHIP EXAMINES FREE SPEECH IN AMERICA

Index on Censorship, the quarterly magazine on freedom of expression, has devoted its latest issue to America, a country where free speech is considered sacred yet now appears "inconvenient or unpatriotic" in the wake of September 11. "Rewriting America" looks at the most powerful country in the world through the words of local people on the frontlines of free expression.

Swaziland

MISA, IPI ALARMED BY SECRECY ACT

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) and the International Press Institute (IPI) have expressed concern over the Swaziland government's move to impose a new law critics say is an effort to muzzle investigative reporting.

Togo

ARTICLE 19 URGES SCRAPPING OF "DRACONIAN" LAWS

ARTICLE 19 has released a new report calling on the Togolese government to repeal laws introduced in 2002 that have been actively used to silence government criticism. The report says the laws ? which prohibit false news, criminalise defamation and require the licensing of journalists ? violate international standards on freedom of expression and should be scrapped immediately.

Tonga

MOUNTING CONCERN OVER PROPOSED MEDIA RESTRICTIONS

Concerns are mounting in Tonga over moves by the government to restrict press freedom, including a new law aimed at shutting down the country's only independent newspaper, reports the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA).

Brazil

IAPA PROMOTES JOURNALIST-JUDGE DIALOGUE IN BRAZIL

The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) will hold a conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on 29 August, bringing judges and journalists from all across Brazil to dialogue on press-freedom issues.

International

PEN CASE LIST DOCUMENTS ATTACKS ON WRITERS AND JOURNALISTS

The Writers in Prison Committee of International PEN (WiPC) has released its latest biannual Case List of attacks against writers and journalists around the world, noting that more than 700 attacks occurred in the first six months of 2003.

Mexico

OAS RAPPORTEUR TO VISIT MEXICO

The Organization of American States' Special Rapporteur on Free Expression, Eduardo Bertoni, will visit Mexico from 18 to 26 August to assess the state of free expression there, reports the Rapporteur's Office.

Open Society Justice Initiative Spotlights Freedom of Information

12 August 2003

International

APC Launches Lobbying Guide for Information Society Summit

For civil society organisations involved in Internet Communication Technologies (ICT) development, the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) presents an opportunity to open up debates on policy issues on both the world stage and on national levels, says the Association for Progressive Communications (APC).

Ukraine

Internews Assists Independent Media in Ukraine

Internews has announced the launch of a major program to support independent media in Ukraine, following the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)'s awarding of a five-year grant to the media development organisation.

International

MOZAMBICAN JUDGE WINS 2003 MISA PRESS FREEDOM AWARD

A judge in Mozambique has won the MISA Press Freedom Award for his contribution to the promotion of press freedom in southern Africa, reports the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA).

International

PHILIPPINE JOURNALIST WINS "ASIAN NOBEL"

Sheila Coronel, the executive director of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), has been awarded the 2003 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication Arts, reports the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA).