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6 June 2013 | United Kingdom

Reforming U.K. libel law: A case study in campaign impact

Reforming U.K. libel law: A case study in campaign impact An interactive timeline of the Libel Reform Campaign.
22 March 2013 | United Kingdom

After the Leveson Report: What you need to know

After the Leveson Report: What you need to know Why some free expression advocates think David Cameron's royal charter deal on press regulation threatens free expression in the U.K.
20 December 2012 | United Kingdom

The Leveson Report: What you need to know

The Leveson Report: What you need to know IFEX lays out the main recommendations of the Leveson Report into the culture, practice and ethics of the U.K. press, and why some free expression advocates think they might constrain press freedom.
4 July 2012 | United Kingdom

U.K. libel law

U.K. libel law Too often, the "Communiqué" has covered cases where journalists and others have been convicted via laws that offer powerful and privileged people special protection from criticism. Think of...
9 May 2012 | United Kingdom

Queen announces major libel reform bill

Queen announces major libel reform bill Thanks largely to Index on Censorship's libel reform campaign, the government will introduce a law "to protect freedom of speech and reform the law of defamation" in the next parliament.
11 April 2012 | United Kingdom

Proposed snooping law: What you need to know

Proposed snooping law: What you need to know IFEX's guide to the government's plan to introduce more monitoring of people's emails, phone calls and web usage in the U.K. - and what it means for free expression.
11 April 2012 | Cuba

Dissident journalist takes own life after year in exile

Dissident journalist takes own life after year in exile A dissident Cuban journalist who was released last year and forced into exile has committed suicide, report the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
4 January 2012 | Ethiopia

Swedish journalists given 11 years on terrorism charges

Swedish journalists given 11 years on terrorism charges Ethiopia sentenced two Swedish journalists to 11 years in jail last week on charges of supporting terrorism after the pair illegally entered the country with a Somali rebel group, report IFEX's international members. Photojournalist Johan Persson and reporter Martin Schibbye were arrested by Ethiopian security forces in July during a gunfight between Ethiopian soldiers and rebels in the no-go region of Ogaden, and were put on trial in October.
9 November 2011 | France

Weekly firebombed over edition satirising Islamists

Weekly firebombed over edition satirising Islamists The office of a satirical French weekly was firebombed just before an edition that pokes fun at Islamists was due for release, report IFEX members. At 1am on 2 November, unidentified attackers threw a Molotov cocktail through a window of the "Charlie Hebdo" offices, acting on rumours about the issue.
28 September 2011 | United Kingdom

Police drop attempt to use Official Secrets Act against journalist in phone hacking scandal

After threatening to use the retrograde Official Secrets Act to force a "Guardian" journalist to reveal her sources in the phone hacking scandal, the Metropolitan Police is holding a closed-door meeting with members of parliament to explain the move, report Index on Censorship and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
31 August 2011 | Spain

Police assault journalists covering protests

Journalists covering anti-corruption protests as well as demonstrations against Pope Benedict's four-day visit to Madrid have been met with police violence, reports the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
17 August 2011 | United Kingdom

Prime Minister considers banning social media, interferes with journalists' editorial independence

Prime Minister considers banning social media, interferes with journalists' editorial independence On the heels of riots in England this month, Prime Minister David Cameron's government is looking at banning the use of social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook in order to stop suspected rioters from sharing online messages to foment violence. Cameron has also called on broadcasters to hand over unused footage of the riots to police. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) warn that censorship does not prevent social unrest, and that sharing personal data with police is a disturbing precedent.
13 July 2011 | United Kingdom

IFEX members weigh in on fallout of phone hacking scandal

IFEX members weigh in on fallout of phone hacking scandal Last week, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron announced not one but two inquiries into the phone hacking scandal. While IFEX members Index on Censorship, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the International Press Institute (IPI) welcomed the inquiries, they warn that the fallout from the scandal raises wider questions about media ethics, press regulations and the relationship between politicians and journalists.
29 June 2011 | Afghanistan

French reporters freed after 18 months

French reporters freed after 18 months Exactly 18 months after they were abducted in northeastern Afghanistan, French journalists Hervé Ghesquière and Stéphane Taponier and their Afghan interpreter have been released, say Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and news reports.
20 April 2011 | Palestine

Italian journalist kidnapped and killed in Gaza

Italian journalist kidnapped and killed in Gaza Hamas officials have found the body of an Italian journalist and activist who was kidnapped last week in Gaza, report the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) and the International Press Institute (IPI). Vittorio Arrigoni was affiliated with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), a pro-Palestinian rights group, and reported on Palestinian issues for the Italian newspaper "Il Manifesto" and online paper Peacereporter, and also wrote a blog.
12 January 2011 | United Kingdom

Government vows to reform "laughing stock" libel law

Government vows to reform The U.K.'s coalition government has promised sweeping changes to England's much-criticised libel laws, paying tribute to Index on Censorship's libel reform campaign which has "led the debate on this issue for so long."
17 November 2010 | Italy

Media concentration in hands of Berlusconi "cause for concern," says IPI mission

Media concentration in hands of Berlusconi Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's ownership of Italy's most powerful private broadcasting company - and willingness to use his power to influence the country's public broadcaster - are severe blows to the diversity of Italy's television news, the International Press Institute (IPI) found on a recent press freedom mission to the country.
14 July 2010 | Italy

Journalists strike back at gag law with silence and empty newsstands

Journalists across Italy refused to work on 8 July to protest a wiretapping bill that bans reporting on judicial investigations, say the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and Index on Censorship. Criticism of the law has also come from outside Italy's borders.
23 June 2010 | Iceland

Authorities create a safe haven for press freedom

On the cutting edge of press freedom, Iceland's parliament has approved a resolution known as the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative (IMMI) to protect journalists and their sources, and shield reporters from foreign libel judgments, report Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and Freedom House.
16 June 2010 | Italy

Journalists furious over gag law

Despite massive protest from both independent Italian journalists and those close to Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian Senate approved a gag law on phone taps on 10 June. The "legge bavaglio" criminalises journalists found guilty of publishing the contents of phone taps, serving them with huge fines and harsh prison terms, report Index on Censorship and the International Press Institute (IPI). The law limits journalists' ability to provide vital information to the public.


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