Media & freedom of expression
PAMBAZUKA NEWS 440: LINKS & RESOURCES
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Pambazuka News (English edition): ISSN 1753-6839
EGYPT: PROMINENT BLOGGER STAGES SIT-IN
Wael Abbas, a leading Egyptian blogger and activist who has documented
police abuse in the country in recent years, staged a sit-in for 10
hours after security confiscated his computer upon arrival from
attending the Talberg Forum in Sweden.
GAMBIA: AFRICAN LEADERS URGED TO INTERVENE IN VIOLATIONS
Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) is once again calling on
President John Atta Mills and other African leaders currently meeting
in Sirte in Libya to condemn the systematic campaign being waged by
President Yahya Jammeh's administration to undermine media freedom and
freedom of expression in The Gambia.
GAMBIA: NEW TWIST IN JOURNALISTS' "SEDITION" CASE
The trial of seven Gambian journalists accused of publishing with
"seditious intention" will now continue at a High Court in Banjul
instead of the Kanifing court where the trial began. On July 1, 2009,
the accused, four newspaper journalists and three executives of the
Gambian Press Union (GPU) were summoned to appear on July 3, instead
of the original adjourned date of July 7.
NIGER: CSC'S PRESIDENT CLOSES DOUNIA RADIO AND TV STATION
Daouda Diallo, President of Conseil Supérieur de la Communication
(CSC), Niger's media regulatory body, on June 29, 2009 banned
Niamey-based independent Dounia TV and Radio station for broadcasting
a statement calling on Mamadou Tandja to resign as President of the
WEST AFRICA: ECOWAS COURT DISMISSES GAMBIAN GOVERNMENT OBJECTION
The ECOWAS Community Court hearing the case of torture brought by Musa
Saidykhan, a Gambian journalist against the operatives of the Gambia's
notorious National Intelligence Agency (NIA), on June 30, 2009
dismissed the preliminary objections raised by the Gambian government,
the defendant in the case. According to the Community court, Saidykhan
is a citizen of West Africa and that the court is mandated by the
ECOWAS protocol to hear human rights violation cases brought before
ZIMBABWE: JOURNALISTS IN COURT TO MAKE MEDIA COMMISSION ORDER LEGALLY BINDING
The freelance journalists who were barred from covering the COMESA
summit recently, have made an application in the High Court to make a
court decision legally binding. High Court Justice Bharat Patel ruled
in June that the Media and Information Commission (MIC), led by
Tafataona Mahoso, was now a defunct body and no journalist should be
required to register with it.
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