Posts Tagged ‘ freedom of press ’

Chilean Journalist Faces 3 Years in Prison for Recounting a Crime Committed by a Convicted Criminal

August 14, 2018
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Chilean Journalist Faces 3 Years in Prison for Recounting a Crime Committed by a Convicted Criminal

The first hearing for a Chilean journalist charged with defamation is scheduled for this week, and the results could have a chilling effect on freedom of the press in the country. Javier Ignacio Rebolledo Escobar, faces three years in prison for defamation charges after the publication of his book Camalèon: Double Life of a Communist…

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Survey Shows First Amendment is a Mystery to Many

August 7, 2018
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Survey Shows First Amendment is a Mystery to Many

Freedom Forum Institute released the results from their annual State of the First Amendment survey, and 40% of participants could not name even one of the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights. Out of the 1,009 respondents 3% could name four of the five freedoms protected, and only person who…

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Free Speech Falters in Hong Kong

August 1, 2018
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Free Speech Falters in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has been in the news a lot recently for failures of protecting free speech. A popular book by a world-famous author being label indecent. Children’s books being removed to a “closed section.” Freedom of the press in danger from self-censorship while being undermined by the government. These all add up to an unattractive…

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Freedom of Press Facing Global Deterioration

April 30, 2018
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Freedom of Press Facing Global Deterioration

Last week, Reporters Without Borders released the 2018 World Press Freedom Index, and increasingly it seems that Freedom of the Press is under attack globally. The report demonstrates “growing animosity towards journalists. Hostility towards the media, openly encouraged by political leaders, and the efforts of authoritarian regimes to export their vision of journalism pose a…

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Turkish Cartoonist one of 14 Convicted on Terrorism Charges

April 27, 2018
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Turkish Cartoonist one of 14 Convicted on Terrorism Charges

In a verdict certain to have a chilling effect on journalism in Turkey, political cartoonist Musa Kart and 13 of his fellow staffers were sentenced to jail this week. The defendants all worked for Cumhuriyet, a Turkish newspaper critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The official charge was that of “aiding a terror group without…

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Charges Against Cartoonist Ramón Esono Ebalé Dropped

February 27, 2018
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Charges Against Cartoonist Ramón Esono Ebalé Dropped

The specious charges of counterfeiting and forgery against political cartoonist Nsé Ramón Esono Ebalé were dropped today. The case was seen in Equatorial Guinea’s capital Malabo, where Ebalé has been imprisoned since September 16, 2017. He is scheduled to be released in two days. Before his arrest, Nsé Ramón Esono Ebalé was living in Paraguay…

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In Their Own Words – Presidential Edition

February 19, 2018
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In Their Own Words – Presidential Edition

“If this nation is to be wise as well as strong, if we are to achieve our destiny, then we need more new ideas for more wise men reading more good books in more public libraries. These libraries should be open to all—except the censor. We must know all the facts and hear all the…

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Government Attempt to Shut Down Free Press Group in Ecuador Fails

October 8, 2015
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The latest target in Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa’s campaign against free speech is the non-governmental organization Fundamedios. Citing legal violations for publishing political blog posts that might suggest participation in partisan politics, the government is attempting to shut down the organization. In response, several global free speech groups have protested, temporarily halting the dissolution of…

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