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Egypt: Tribal Council Fines Journalist

(Nov. 2, 2007) In a precedent, the first of its kind in journalism, a customary tribal judicial council in Sinai has fined a journalist member of al-Byadiah tribe, who was accused of slander and libel, 2.7 million Egyptian pounds, the equivalent of the price of 1,000 female camels, to be paid to the al-Tarabin tribe. […]

Ghana: Phone Chip Registration

(Nov. 2, 2007) It was reported in late September 2007 that Ghana's National Communication Authority (NCA) was introducing reforms in the mobile phone industry. Under the NCA's proposed new regulations, a spokeswoman stated, customers would have to provide such information as name, home address, other telephone numbers, and a form of identification before the seller […]

United States: Moratorium on State Taxation of Internet Access Extended to 2014

(Nov. 2, 2007) On October 31, President Bush signed into law the Internet Tax Freedom Act Amendments Act of 2007. The act extends a moratorium on state and local taxation of Internet access services through November 1, 2014. The moratorium was first enacted in 1998, and was renewed in 2001 and 2004, but was due […]