IFEX Daily Digest for 22 August 2012
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
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.
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.
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
Tell Malaysia "Don't Change Evidence Act"
Section 114a, an amendment which has been passed by both Upper and Lower Houses, extends to practically everyone who uses any internet platform - from e-mail and social media to blogs and online media. Sign the petition
calling for its withdrawal.
15 August 2012
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