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Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan): Proposed Amendment to Media Law

(Feb. 4, 2015) According to a January 30, 2015, report, Kyrgyzstan is considering amendments to its media legislation that would strengthen the ability of the government to take steps against media outlets. The news came in a statement by Emir Zulpuev, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice. The amendments would allow the government to […]

Egypt: Al Jazeera Journalists Deported

(Feb. 4, 2015) On January 31, 2015, the Egyptian authorities deported two foreign journalists who had been imprisoned for the past year. The two journalists, who worked for Al Jazeera’s English-language service, are Peter Greste, an Australian citizen, and Mohamed Fahmy, an Egyptian Canadian. Fahmy had to renounce his Egyptian citizenship to be able to […]

Egypt: Court of Cassation Accepted Petition from Al Jazeera Journalists

(Jan. 8, 2015) On January 1, 2015, the Court of Cassation, the highest judicial body in the Egyptian court system, accepted the petition for a retrial submitted by the defense lawyer for a group of Al Jazeera journalists who had been detained in December 2013. The Court of Cassation has the authority to scrutinize decisions […]

Egypt: Draft Law Banning Publishing of Information Concerning the Armed Forces

(Nov. 19, 2014) On November 6, 2014, the legislative department of the State Council of Egypt (a judicial organ) approved a draft law banning the publication in media outlets of any information concerning the armed forces. The State Council referred the draft law to the Council of Ministers, the country’s Cabinet, for further debate and […]

Senegal: Newspaper Editor Charged over Ebola Story

(Aug. 19, 2014) Felix N’Zale, editor of the Senegalese newspaper La Tribune, has been detained by the Senegal police since August 11, 2014. He was charged with “spreading false news” and was remanded to custody in the Rebeuss prison. The charge is based on an article in his newspaper that appeared on August 11. It […]

Kenya: Controversial Legislation on the Media Under Consideration

(Dec. 6, 2013) Two controversial bills with similar provisions on the control of the media are at different stages in the legislative process in Kenya. The Kenya Information and Communications Amendment (KICA) has been passed by the legislature but not yet approved by the President. (Ally Jamah, Media Stakeholders in Kenya Seek Amendments to Proposed […]

Vietnam: Controversial Internet Decree in Effect

(Sept. 6, 2013) The Vietnamese government adopted the Decree on Management, Provision, and Use of Internet Services and Information Content Online (Decree 72/2013-ND-CP) on July 15, 2013; it became effective on September 1, 2013. (English translation of the Decree, Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade website (July 15, 2013) [scroll down page to file attachment].) […]

Burma: Call for Amendment of Controversial Press Bill

(Aug. 28, 2013) After a discussion held on August 23, 2013, the Bill Committee of the Upper House of the Parliament of Burma (Myanmar) has called for the cancellation and amendment of certain sections of controversial draft legislation on printing and publishing enterprises. The draft legislation was approved by the Lower House in July. (Parliamentary […]

Greece: Council of State Reverses Government

(June 20, 2013) On June 17, 2013, the Council of State, Greece’s highest administrative court, ordered the re-opening of the state-owned radio and television network, Hellenike Radiophonia Teleorasi (ERT). The Council of State also ordered the Greek government to take the necessary measures to allow ERT to continue broadcasting until the formation and operation of […]

Burundi: New Media Law on President

(May 28, 2013) Burundi’s bi-cameral legislature recently passed a controversial new media law, with the final vote in the Senate on April 19, 2013. Organizations devoted to freedom of the press have voiced concerns about the restrictions the law places on accessibility to information sources and the increased sentences it would impose for some media-related […]