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Philippines: Brutal Killing Undermines Freedom of Expression


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Philippines: Brutal Killing Undermines Freedom of Expression

At least 39 people were viciously killed when a convoy they were travelling in was attacked in the Philippines on 23 November. The convoy was intercepted by approximately 100 men in Ampatuan town whilst on its way to register Ishmael ‘Toto’ Mangudadatu as a candidate for provincial governorship elections, Ampatuan is the home town of the incumbent governor Andal Ampatuan, and there are strong indications that the attack was politically motivated. According to the local media, Mangudadatu belongs to a clan that has been engaged in a long-running feud with the Ampatuan family, which has intermittently governed the region since 2001. This attack represents a troubling development in the Mindanao region, where Muslim rebels have been fighting for self-rule in the predominantly Roman Catholic nation. .


By Article 19, UK,


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Council of Europe: ARTICLE 19 Testifies on Gaps in the Protection of Journalists’ Sources


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Council of Europe: ARTICLE 19 Testifies on Gaps in the Protection of Journalists’ Sources

In a written submission to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), ARTICLE 19 provides its input in the preparation of a report on the protection of journalists’ sources in Europe. The report is to be released next year by Morgen Johansson, a PACE special rapportuer on this issue. .


By Article 19, UK,


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Kenya: Communications Regulations Require Significant Amendments


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Kenya: Communications Regulations Require Significant Amendments

The Broadcasting Regulation govern the exercise of the Communications Commission of Kenya’s licensing powers to set out rules for broadcast content, and to establish a mechanism to enforce those rules. The Radio Communications and Frequency Regulation (RCF) set out how the Commission will administer the frequency spectrum through the issuance of radio communication licences and the enforcement of rules designed to prevent harmful interference. The two sets of regulations will play a key part in shaping the future of radio and television in Kenya.


By Article 19, UK,


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