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Journalist could face death penalty at verdict

Journalist could face death penalty at verdict

Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega and other activists accused of inciting terrorism could face the death penalty, report PEN American Center and other IFEX members, whom Nega has worked with. The case was heard in court on 11 May and postponed to 21 June.

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A new wave of anti-terror laws, enacted in El Salvador, Russia and the Philippines, will give the authorities further ways to muzzle journalists, opposition critics and civil society groups, IFEX members say.

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President approves problematic amendments to Anti-Terror Law

(WiPC/IFEX) - On 17 July 2006, President Necdet Sezer approved amendments to the Turkish Anti Terror Law despite widespread concern that their implementation would lead to a steep downturn in the state of freedom of expression in Turkey. In a statement dated 14 July, International PEN wrote that the passing of these amendments threatens to broaden "the definition of terrorism and brings with it the possibility of many more prosecutions of writers and journalists for writings that cannot be construed as supporting or advocating violence." It added, "International PEN fears that the effect of passing this law would be to reverse the many positive legislative changes of recent years that have led to improvements in the state of freedom of expression."

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