Philipines: Broadcaster freed after two years in jail for libel

Posted on Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

A Filipino broadcaster was released on 23 December 2008 after spending almost two years in prison in Davao del Norte for libel. Davao del Norte is a province approximately 946 km south of Manila. Libel is a criminal offense in the Philippines.

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Raising the impact of media on violence against women

Posted on Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) and the Kuala Langat Municipal Council collaborated in a day-long workshop for the women in Banting to raise awareness on violence against women. By helping them to recognize an issue, CIJ hopes to encourage the community to express their view and experience through community media.

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Let the press do its job

Posted on Friday, December 19th, 2008

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) is concerned that journalists continue to be harassed at political parties' functions. In the latest incident, a journalist and a photographer with a Tamil daily claimed they were singled out and threatened by the president of the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC).

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Police must guarantee Jerit cyclists' right to enter Parliament

Posted on Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

A group of people who went on a cycling tour across the peninsular to raise awareness on national issues were arrested, interrogated, held for hours in police station and their bicycles torched by arsonists. Among them are two parliamentarians who supported the exercise. At first, police said their arrest is due to illegal assembly. Then, [...]

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INDIA: Journalist and assistants arrested over book exposing violence against minorities in Orissa

Posted on Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemned the arrest of Lenin Kumar Roy, author and editor of the quarterly review Nishan, in Bhubaneswar, Orissa State over a book in which he accuses Hindu extremists of waging a campaign of violence against minorities in the Kandhamal district.

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Rights take centre stage at 3rd global internet forum in India

Posted on Thursday, December 11th, 2008

The 3rd Internet Governance Forum (IGF) commenced in Hyderabad, India to continue addressing the issue of managing and harnessing the potential of Internet for the globalized world. Once again, the raging debate is whether the Internet should be controlled in view of challenges such as security, privacy, and pornography.

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Asian parliamentarians urge Ban to persuade Burmese junta

Posted on Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

New Delhi (Mizzima) – Over 240 parliamentarians from Asian countries on Monday renewed calls to the United Nations chief to make a fresh trip to Burma and goad the military junta to release all political prisoners including Nobel Peace Laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

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IT for change open letter against Internet control

Posted on Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Most of us tend to take the commons and the public nature of the Internet for granted. However, increasing corporatisation and control of the Internet are strongly threatening these fundamental characteristics of the Internet as we know it.

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Council should counter media through media, not police

Posted on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) is concerned that the Subang Jaya Municipal Council plans to lodge a police report against the journalist and the media outlet which reported unfavourably of the council. CIJ finds it worrying that the council chooses to view in criminal light the media's duty to report to the public objectively. [...]

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Thai journalists caught in crossfire of tense standoff-SEAPA capsule report

Posted on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

As the political crisis in Bangkok escalates, Thai journalists are increasingly finding themselves caught in the crossfire between two warring political factions and their respective supporters, with reports of harassment, shootings, and physical attacks targetting media offices and practitioners.

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