11 April 2012

IFEX Communiqué Vol 21, No 15

United Kingdom

Proposed snooping law: What you need to know

Under new U.K. government proposals, the authorities could have the right to monitor what websites you visit - in real time and on demand IFEX's guide to the government's plan to introduce more monitoring of people's emails, phone calls and web usage in the U.K. - and what it means for free expression.


New authorities, old-style crackdown

April 2012: Tunisians defying a ban to demonstrate on the legendary Habib Bourguiba Avenue in Tunis were met with police repression Security forces marked Martyr's Day on 9 April in Tunisia by dispersing thousands of protesters - including more than a dozen journalists - with tear gas and truncheons. It is just the latest sign that despite Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali being the first dictator to fall in the Arab uprisings, old-style free expression violations continue, reports the IFEX Tunisia Monitoring Group (IFEX-TMG), a coalition of 21 IFEX members.


IFEX members and partners urge Iraq not to pass overbroad, punitive cyber crimes law

A bill on "information-technology crimes" with particularly broad wording and harsh punishments is due to come before Iraq's parliament this month. More than 40 IFEX members and partners have banded together to try to stop it, at the initiative of ARTICLE 19 and Access Now.


Security services find new way of censoring critics

The Sudanese authorities have resorted to bankrupting the media as a new way of silencing dissent, report the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the International Press Institute (IPI) and the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI).

Cuba / Spain

Dissident journalist takes own life after year in exile

Albert Santiago Du Bouchet Hernández A dissident Cuban journalist who was released last year and forced into exile has committed suicide, report the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

International / Awards and other opportunities

Kurt Schork Awards now accepting submissions

The Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism celebrate freelance journalists and local reporters who show great courage in reporting on controversial issues. The deadline for entries is 31 May 2012.
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