IFEX Daily Digest for 22 August 2012

A thing of the past? In early August,
22 August 2012 | Burma

IFEX members cautiously welcome censorship reform in Burma

The Burmese government's announcement that, after decades of harsh censorship, it is lifting pre-publication censorship was greeted with a mixture of jubilation, shock and scepticism.

Compiled by Diane Partenio

22 August 2012 | Ethiopia

New Ethiopian PM should "embrace openness" towards media, says press freedom group

For all its efforts to control news about the health of former Ethiopian prime minister Meles Zenawi, the government could not control the public's hunger for information; the official secrecy merely fueled rampant public speculation and fears about the country's future.
22 August 2012 | South Sudan

South Sudan government set to introduce Access to Information Bill

While the draft bill positively enshrines a number of progressive principles on the right of access to information, areas of concern remain, says ARTICLE 19.
22 August 2012 | Uganda

New report documents growing intimidation, threats to civil society in Uganda

A new Human Rights Watch report documents increasing government attacks on organizations whose focus includes oil revenue transparency, land acquisition compensation, legal and governance reform, and the protection of human rights.

Compiled by Erin Woycik

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