IFEX Daily Digest for 27 July 2012

27 July 2012 | Thailand

Constitutional challenge to controversial lese majeste laws

The case concerns the trial of a man caught selling pirated copies of an allegedly defamatory TV documentary.

Compiled by Diane Partenio

27 July 2012 | Côte d'Ivoire

RSF to Ivorian president: improve media freedoms

On the eve of President Alassane Ouattara's first state visit to France, RSF congratulates him on making necessary improvements but says that much more still needs to be done.
27 July 2012 | Madagascar

Radio station suspends broadcasts after airing message from mutinying soldiers

The communication minister reacted to the airing of the message by saying Free FM was "liable to be prosecuted for complicity in an attack on state security."

Asia and Pacific
Compiled by Marianna Tzabiras

27 July 2012 | China

Government stifles querying of storm death toll

The media should not be forbidden from raising questions of great public concern which serve to protect public safety, said IFJ.
27 July 2012 | Taiwan

IFJ concerned by threat to media diversity

The National Communications Commission recently approved the expansion of the services of media giant Want Want China Times Group.

Europe and Central Asia
Compiled by Diane Partenio

27 July 2012 | United Kingdom

Court overturns conviction for Twitter joke

Paul Chambers' conviction was quashed following a Divisional Court ruling that a Tweet in which Chambers jokingly threatened to blow up an airport was not objectively "menacing".

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