Free Expression & the Law

When legislation and the judicial system affect your right to express yourself.

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Link to: News website latest target in government’s offensive against independent media

Reporters Without Borders condemns the Iraqi government’s continuing legal offensive against independent news media, which for the first time is also targeting Internet media

Link to: Radio station shut down, staff arrested following election coverage

Reporters Without Borders expressed its concern after the 19 May 2009 closure of privately owned opposition radio station Joy Radio and the arrest of four staff members, two of them journalists, accused of breaking election rules

Link to: Media defense lawyer arrested

Police in Zimbabwe should immediately release Alec Muchadehama, a prominent human rights lawyer targeted for his work on behalf of journalist Anderson Shadreck Manyere and others, the Committee to Protect Journalists said

Link to: High court grants bail to detained photojournalist

On 13 May 2009, High Court Judge Justice November Mtshiya granted bail to detained freelance photojournalist Shadreck Andrisson Manyere and his co-accused, Gandhi Mudzingwa and Chris Dhlamini

Link to: Editors detained, special press court established in Yemen

The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns an ongoing campaign to suppress independent journalism in Yemen and urges President Ali Abdullah Saleh to immediately bring it to a halt and order the release of two detained bloggers

Link to: TV reporter cleared of inciting teenager in body piercing “suspension”

Reporters Without Borders welcomes the 12 May 2009 decision by a court in the southern city of Toulouse to acquit TV reporter Isabelle Cottenceau of inciting a teenager to allow himself to be suspended from body piercings in his back

Link to: Journalist Nur Muse Hussein shot while covering fighting between rival militia forces

Nur Muse Hussein, 56, was wounded while he was trying to cover fighting in Beledweyn between militias loyal to Hiran Regional Administration and Hisbul Islam

Link to: “Narodnih Novina” editor and journalist fined in defamation case

SEEMO/IPI strongly condemns the excessive fine handed down 30 March 2009 by a court in Nis, Serbia, in a defamation case against Dragana Kocic and Timosenko Milosavljevic, journalist and editor-in-chief, respectively, for the Serbian daily newspaper, Narodnih Novina

Link to: Al Quds correspondent freed in Jenin

Reporters Without Borders hails the Palestinian Authority’s release of Ahmed Bikawi

Link to: Journalist Jama Ayanle Feyte pardoned and released

On 15 April 2009, the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) welcomed with joy the release of journalist Jama Ayanle Feyte from the Bossasso jail after a pardon from the Puntland president

Link to: Jailed newspaper editor pardoned by head of military government

Reporters Without Borders hails the release of Abdel Fettah Ould Abeidna, editor of the weekly “Al Aqsa”, on 8 April 2009 as a result of a pardon issued by the head of the military government, Gen. Ould Abdel Aziz.

Link to: Editor Ali Hasanov released from prison

On 11 April 2009, “Ideal” newspaper editor-in-chief Ali Hasanov was released from prison #5.

Link to: Two Moroccan journalists prevented from covering presidential election

Reporters Without Borders deplores the 9 April 2009 arrest of two Moroccan journalists, Hicham El Madraoui and Mahfoud Aït Bensaleh, who had gone to Algiers to cover the presidential election for the Moroccan weekly “Assahrae Al Ousbouiya”.

Link to: WPFC urges president to decriminalise defamation laws; journalist Freddy Aponte released from prison

(WPFC/IFEX) – The following is a 23 March 2009 WPFC letter to President Rafael Correa Delgado: His Excellency Rafael Correa Delgado President of the Republic Presidential Palace Quito, Ecuador Your Excellency, The World Press Freedom Committee ( ) – an organization representing 45 press freedom groups from throughout the world – expresses its profound […]

Link to: Newspaper suspended and fined after reporting on horse-racing scandal

(ANHRI/IFEX)- On 19 November 2008, the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) condemned an order handed down on 18 November by the Abu Dhabi court of appeal suspending the “Emarat Alyoum” newspaper for defamation. The court also fined the newspaper’s editor-in-chief, Sami Al-Alraymi, 20,000 dirham (approx. US$5,400) and the newspaper 500,000 dirham (approx. US$136,000). […]

Link to: IAPA concerned at bid to amend Penal Code to stiffen penalties for journalists found guilty of defamation

(IAPA/IFEX) – The following is a 20 June 2006 IAPA press release: IAPA concerned at bid to amend Penal Code in Panama MIAMI, Florida (June 20, 2006) – The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) said today it is extremely concerned at the introduction of a draft bill to reform the Penal Code in Panama, saying […]