16 May 2012

IFEX Communiqué Vol 21, No 20


Eurovision 2012: Five things the hosts don't want you to know

Eurovision host Azerbaijan's treatment of protesters is just one reason why the free expression situation is alarming, says a coalition of rights groups Behind the Eurovision glitz is an "alarming" free expression situation, says a coalition of international rights groups. Plus:- Take action! Support human rights in Azerbaijan- Video petition: Sing for Democracy - Human Rights Watch Azerbaijan Eurovision page- Amnesty International Azerbaijan Running Scared campaign

Kosovo (Serbia)

President rejects bill that criminalises libel

Following a public outcry, Kosovo's President last week rejected a proposed law that would have criminalised libel and allowed journalists to be jailed if they didn't reveal their sources, report the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), and Human Rights Watch.


Rapper jailed for video insulting police

Rapper Mouad Belghouat, better known as One of Morocco's most famous rappers and activists was handed a one-year jail sentence on 11 May for "insulting the police" through a video, report the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), Human Rights Watch and Freedom House.

Europe and Central Asia

Does your country support free expression?

Voting percentage in favour of free speech Index on Censorship has analysed the voting patterns of the delegates of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly to show who protects free expression and who hinders it.

International / Awards and other opportunities

War correspondents: Apply now for Bayeux-Calvados Awards

War correspondents and photographers from all over the world are invited to apply for the Bayeux-Calvados Awards, which honour journalists who risk their lives in the world's hot spots to cover the news. The deadline for applications is 8 June 2012.
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