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Controversial Special Court sentences journalists to jail and bans them from writing


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Controversial Special Court sentences journalists to jail and bans them from writing

On January 17, Moaz Al-Ashihabi, a journalist for the Al Thaqafieh newspaper was taken to central prison following a Special Court sentence of one-year’s imprisonment for writing an article that “infringes on the Islamic faith”. Al–Ashihabi, is also banned from writing for one year.


By Article 19, UK.


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Copenhagen: Voices of those Affected Ignored and Transparency Disregarded


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Copenhagen: Voices of those Affected Ignored and Transparency Disregarded

The outcome of the Copenhagen summit was deeply disappointing. It failed to deliver the legally binding and fair global climate deal sought by civil society organisations and individuals, and promised by many governments. The process lacked transparency, and restrictions on freedom of expression were widespread.


By Article 19, UK.


Human rights Policy Resource.

Brazil: First National Conference on Communications


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Brazil: First National Conference on Communications

National Conferences are used in Brazil to bring together different stakeholders to discuss and recommend policy options in different fields to the government, building on earlier debates at the municipal, state and national levels. This first Conference on Communications was a long-standing demand from social movements complaining about the lack of representation within the Brazilian media.


By Article 19, UK.


Human rights Policy Resource.

Maldives: Defamation Decriminalised


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Maldives: Defamation Decriminalised

The Bill was passed overwhelmingly by the People’s Majlis on 23 November, in a clear victory for freedom of expression. This was despite the fact that the parliamentary committee reviewing the Bill, proposed by the government, had recommended that it be rejected and the crime of defamation retained. The Bill was part of the government’s wider platform to enhance respect for freedom of expression. It was also prompted by the announcement last year of the newly appointed independent Prosecutor General that he would start pursuing criminal defamation cases, reversing a prior practice of not bringing such cases. A few criminal defamation cases have been brought over the last year. .


By Article 19, UK,


Human Rights Policy Resource.