26 April 2012

IFEX Communiqué Vol 21, No 17


World Press Freedom Day: The ultimate FAQ

IFEX's guide to 3 May, World Press Freedom Day, one of the most important days for honouring free expression.


Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! submit to external free expression check-up

The Global Network Initiative (GNI) has just released its annual report, which takes a critical look at how three of its founding members, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo!, are giving information to repressive governments or working with unscrupulous vendors.


Parliament considers death penalty for insulting God, Prophet

Kuwait's parliament has voted in favour of a legal amendment that could make blasphemy punishable by death Kuwait's parliament has provisionally voted in favour of a legal amendment that could make insulting God and the Prophet Mohammed punishable by death, reports the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI).


Media blackout follows coup

A sign for Guinea-Bissau's ruling political party PAIGC on election day in March, just weeks before a coup plunged the country into instability The coup against the government of Guinea-Bissau has been followed by "grave" media freedom violations, including threats to journalists, a news blackout and media censorship, say the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and Freedom House.


Lawyer killed while investigating murder of journalist

A district attorney investigating the killing of Peruvian journalist Pedro Flores Silva in 2011 was shot to death last week, reports the Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS).

International / Awards and other opportunities

Freedom House holds inaugural photo and art contest

Freedom House is holding a photo and art contest on the themes of freedom, political participation, human rights and repression. The deadline for submissions is 10 May 2012.
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