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France: Parliament Adopts Domestic Security Bill

(May 11, 2021) On April 15, 2021, the French Parliament adopted a bill on domestic security entitled “Bill for Overall Security Which Preserves Freedoms.” This bill, which is currently under review by the Constitutional Council before President Emmanuel Macron can sign it into law, aims to change the legislative framework concerning video surveillance, police body […]

Brazil: Federal Supreme Court Decides Right to Be Forgotten Is Not Supported by Constitution

(Mar. 15, 2021) On February 11, 2021, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (Supremo Tribunal Federal, STF) dismissed the extraordinary appeal by family members of the victim of a notorious 1958 murder who had sought redress for the reconstruction of the case on a 2004 TV show without their permission. In a ruling of “general repercussion”—one […]

Uzbekistan: Codes Amended to Increase Criminal and Administrative Responsibility amid Coronavirus Pandemic

(Sept. 17, 2020) On March 26, 2020, the president of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, signed a law amending the country’s criminal code, criminal procedure code, and code of administrative responsibility. The law entered into force upon publication. (Law No. 3RU-613 of the Republic of Uzbekistan on Amendments and Additions to the Criminal and […]

Hungary: National Assembly Adopts Act Giving Government Special Powers during Coronavirus Pandemic

(May 26, 2020) On March 29, 2020, Hungary’s National Assembly adopted a special legal regime aimed at “mitigating the consequences of a natural disaster or industrial accident endangering life and property” and preserving the governability of the country in case the National Assembly is not able to meet because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The new […]

Pakistan: Federal Cabinet Delays Approval of Bill to Protect Journalists

(Mar. 23, 2020) On February 25, 2020, the federal cabinet of Pakistan delayed the formal approval of a federal government bill to ensure the protection and safety of journalists. The bill, which was prepared by the Ministry of Human Rights and is titled the Protection of Journalists & Media Professionals Bill 2020, aims to “promote, […]

Pakistan: Electronic Media Regulatory Authority Issues Directive Barring TV Anchors from Offering Opinions

(Nov. 21, 2019) On October 27, 2019, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), an independent federal institution responsible for regulating the issuance of broadcasting licenses and distribution of privately owned print and electronic media channels (including those for radio, television, and satellite broadcasting), issued a directive under Section 18(g) of the Television Broadcast Station […]

Burkina Faso: Parliament Amends Penal Code

(Sept. 20, 2019) On June 20, 2019, Burkina Faso’s Parliament amended the country’s Penal Code to introduce a series of new offenses that aim to fight terrorism and organized crime, fight the spread of “fake news,” and suppress efforts to “demoralize” the Burkinabe armed forces. Many journalists and NGOs have denounced the newly created offenses, […]

United Kingdom: Belfast High Court Quashes Warrants Against Journalists, Leading to Case Being Dropped

(July 24, 2019) On May 31, 2019, the Northern Ireland High Court in Belfast ruled that search warrants executed on two journalists for journalistic materials seized during an investigation into the suspected theft of confidential documents from the Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman’s office were “inappropriate.”  The Court recommended that the journalistic materials be returned. (Loughinisland: […]