IFEX This Week for 19 September 2012



18 September 2012 | International

Controversy and censorship over anti-Islam film

Is there a new argument for censorship, Index on Censorship asks, as it considers the controversy over the film "The Innocence Of Muslims" and Google's decision to remove it from YouTube Egypt and Libya.




Africa
Compiled by Caro Rolando


17 September 2012 | The Gambia

Gambian daily newspapers ordered to shut down

Two Gambian newspapers received orders on Friday to immediately cease operations, according to local journalists, in what is apparently the second attempt within a month to censor Gambian media.


Americas
Compiled by Erin Woycik


17 September 2012 | Ecuador

Asylum for Assange in Ecuador boosts free expression debate

After the government of Rafael Correa announced it would grant political asylum to Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, the issue of freedom of expression in Ecuador has been the focus of many news pieces in the media all over the world.


Asia and Pacific
Compiled by Marianna Tzabiras


19 September 2012 | Philippines

Philippines passes first law since 2000 affecting cyberspace communication

The successful passage of bills affecting the media suggests how restrictive rather than expansive is the mindset of Filipino legislators, says CMFR.


Europe and Central Asia
Compiled by Diane Partenio


17 September 2012 | Ukraine

Twelve years on, no justice for Ukrainian journalist Georgiy Gongadze

As the twelfth anniversary of the death of investigative journalist Georgiy Gongadze passes, the masterminds behind his killing have still not been brought to justice.


Middle East and North Africa
Compiled by Lama Mourad


19 September 2012 | Morocco

Confessions allegedly obtained by torture used to imprison protesters in Morocco

Five activists of the pro-reform February 20 Movement to prison terms, and one to a suspended term, for assaulting and insulting police officers despite their claim that they had been tortured into signing false confessions, the sole evidence against them.


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