Latest Freedom of expression Stories

2010-10-26 12:23:00

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- PEN USA, the West Coast center for the renowned writers' organization International PEN, will salute the winners of its prestigious 2010 Literary Awards competition at its 20th Annual Literary Awards Festival (LitFest), Wednesday, November 17th at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The prizes, announced by PEN USA Executive Director Adam Somers, honor outstanding work by writers in 11 separate genres. In addition to the literary prizes, the LitFest gala will...

2010-09-16 16:17:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A clear majority of Americans - even those who don't practice a particular faith - say public school students should have more latitude to express their religious faith in school, according to the latest State of the First Amendment poll conducted by the First Amendment Center. The national survey, conducted between July 28 and Aug. 6, found: 75% of those polled said students should be able to speak about their faith at public school...

2010-09-10 11:16:00

ESA Files Brief Urging Court to Uphold Lower Court Rulings WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A brief asking the United States Supreme Court to find unconstitutional a 2005 California law restricting the sale and rental of computer and video games to minors was filed today by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). The ESA, the trade association representing computer and video game publishers, said in its brief that the 2005 California statute, which would deny First...

2010-07-29 11:20:00

UNESCO's World Heritage Committee said Wednesday that it removed Ecuador's Galapagos Islands from its list of endangered sites because of Quito's protective efforts in the Pacific archipelago. As reported by the AFP news agency, the committee removed the islands from its endangered environments list "by a vote of 14 to five, with one abstention," said Brazil's Culture Ministry, who is presiding over this week's committee meeting in Brasilia. "It's important to recognize the Ecuadoran...

2010-07-23 06:35:00

Thirty-two natural wonders and cultural treasures are competing to join the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) top world heritage list when it meets in Brazil next week. The sites are nominated to join 890 already on the cultural body's list of the world's top spots, with three new candidates, including the Marshall Islands and Kiribati, in the Pacific. The Marshall Islands include the Bikini Atoll, which were evacuated when the United States carried...

2010-05-03 08:58:00

OTTAWA, May 2 /PRNewswire/ - To view this Social Media Release, please enter the following address in your web browser. http://smr.newswire.ca/en/canadian-committee-for-world-press-freedom-ccwpf/michelle-lang-honoured-with-world-press-freedom-award SOURCE CNW Social Media

2010-04-26 13:30:00

On Monday, the Supreme Court said it would determine whether a California law banning the sale and rental of violent video games to minors violated constitutional free-speech rights. The justices agreed to hear an appeal by the state after a U.S. appeals court based in California struck down the law. The high court is expect to hear the case and issue its ruling during its October term.  It will be one of the most important cases for the upcoming term. The Entertainment Software...

2010-04-26 11:12:00

WASHINGTON, April 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following statement was issued today by Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association, which represents U.S. computer and video game publishers, in response to the Supreme Court's decision to grant a writ of certiorari and thus agree to review California's video game law. "Courts throughout the country have ruled consistently that content-based regulation of computer and video games is...

2010-03-23 14:25:41

In the new issue of Index on Censorship, 'Brave New Words', leading internet experts Ron Deibert and Rafal Rohozinski call for a new approach to tackling censorship online. As cyberspace has become the arena for political activism, governments are growing more sophisticated in controlling free expression online "“ from surveillance to filtering. And it's now becoming harder than ever for human rights activists to outwit the authorities. In their article 'Cyber wars', Deibert and...

2010-03-03 15:32:00

WASHINGTON, March 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Press Club on Tuesday March 2 joined with other media organizations in condemning the abusive treatment of journalists, writers and bloggers in Iran, where it is estimated that more media professionals are imprisoned for merely doing their jobs than in any other nation. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080917/NPCLOGO) National Press Club President Alan Bjerga encouraged members of the club and visitors to its web...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.