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Ethiopian law criminalizes independent telecom use

15 Jun

Nairobi, June 15, 2012–A new law in Ethiopia imposes prison
sentences for offenses related to the independent use of telecommunications
tools and services, according to local journalists and news reports. The
Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by broad and vaguely worded
provisions of the law, under which journalists could be prosecuted for the
methods they use to circumvent government surveillance and censorship.

from Committee to Protect Journalists http://cpj.org/2012/06/ethiopian-law-criminalizes-independent-telecom-use.php

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Malaysia – Call on the government to withdraw amendment to the Evidence Act

15 Jun

Section 114a, an amendment which has been passed by both Upper and Lower Houses, extends to practically everyone who uses any internet platform – from e-mail and social media to blogs and online media. Sign the petition calling for its withdrawal.

via IFEX

Police assault and seize journalist’s equipment in Ghana

15 Jun

Victor Kwawukume was attacked by police while covering a raid. (Victor Kwawukume)

Abuja, June 15, 2012–Authorities in Ghana must
investigate the assault on a journalist by police while covering a police raid
in Ho, the capital of Ghana’s Volta region, and bring the perpetrators to
justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Victor Kwawukume, who reports for the state-owned Daily Graphic and is the regional chairman of the Ghana Journalists Association, was attacked by four unidentified police officers on June 10 as he covered a raid in Ho in which police arrested suspected criminals and drug peddlers, according to news reports. Kwawukume said he verbally identified himself as a journalist, but the officers attacked him, violently hitting him on the head and seizing his camera, the reports said.

from Committee to Protect Journalists http://cpj.org/2012/06/police-assault-and-seize-journalists-equipment-in.php

Ecuador – Minister confirms that high ranking officials shall not grant interviews to private media

15 Jun

Policy Coordinating Minister Betty Tola officially announced that members of the presidential cabinet shall not grant interviews to the private media – a policy that violates the Ecuadorian Constitution.

via IFEX

Somalia – Mission journal: Somaliland’s press harassed, disappointed

15 Jun

Arbitrary arrests and other forms of intimidation have become the order of the day for Somaliland’s press, CPJ reports.

via IFEX

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