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2008-08-11 15:00:46

The idea that the "speech-in-debate" clause protects the selling of votes by Rhode Island legislators has about as much merit as the idea that the "freedom of speech" clause protects the person who falsely yells "Fire!" in a crowded theater. ("Lawyer: Irons' argument would harm ethics laws," news, July 31). All provisions in the state constitution are subject to balance against other provisions and interpretation based on the intent of the framers. History shows clearly that the...

2008-08-02 09:00:15

Some MPs comment on the government's latest move to investigate the financing and funding sources of media outlets and the arrest of a presenter of Ariana TV. They say such moves further harm the government. The following is the text of analytical report by Zafarshah Rohi entitled: "Restricting the media is violation of law" by Afghan independent secular daily newspaper Hasht-e Sobh on 31 July Though freedom of expression and the media has been counted as one of the important achievements...

2008-07-23 09:00:46

By Deseret News editorial The irony is that Janet Jackson's infamous "wardrobe malfunction" can be viewed on-demand on YouTube. That illustrates the problem the FCC has when trying to turn back the clock on objectionable behavior in the name of public decency. Still, a federal appeals court in Philadelphia this week made the FCC's job a lot more difficult. The public airwaves still hold a great deal of influence over the nation's cultural climate, even if that influence is shrinking. By...

2008-07-19 06:00:22

Text of report by Tsireletso Motgelwa entitled "How Mugabe's 'Press freedom' shames Khama's" published by Botswana newspaper Mmegi website on 18 July Staff writer Tshireletso Motlogelwa finds that the controversial Zimbabwean Access to Information and Protection Act may be a repressive piece of legislation, but it beats Botswana's Media Practitioners Bill at every turn. Journalism has been a much talked about, often controversial, topic of the modern world. The number of quotes relating...

2008-07-09 06:00:22

Text of open letter addressed to Belarusian President Alyasksandr Lukashenka, published by New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) website on 8 July Dear Mr. President, As an independent, non-partisan organization defending press freedom worldwide, the Committee to Protect Journalists calls on you to veto a severely restrictive draft media law, which will further curb press freedom conditions in Belarus. The bill was adopted by the upper chamber of the Belarusian parliament...

2008-06-27 12:02:39

Text of press release from Vienna-based Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on 27 June The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Miklos Haraszti today called on the upper chamber of Belarus's parliament not to adopt a draft law that would further restrict media freedom in the country. "Unfortunately, against expectations in and outside Belarus, this draft establishes further obstacles to the development of free media in the country," said Haraszti. On 17...

2008-06-21 12:00:20

By Joe Pinchot, The Herald, Sharon, Pa. Jun. 21--HERMITAGE -- Hermitage and state school officials are advancing an "unprecedented and radical assertion" that school authority should expand beyond school property in fighting a federal judge's decision over the district's discipline of a student, an opposing attorney said. The district, Hickory High School alum Justin Layshock, and his parents, Donald and Cheryl Layshock, each appealed the decision of U.S. District Court Judge Terrence F....

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2008-04-09 00:05:00

Internet sites like YouTube and Myspace have been blocked by several Indonesian internet providers for carrying a Dutch film that is critical of the Koran, according to an information ministry official. Geert Wilder, a Dutch anti-immigration politician made the 15-minute film and posted it on several blogs and file-sharing sites. The film is called "Fitna" (translated as "Strife" when used in the Koran) and alternates images of the September 11, 2001 attacks and other Islamist bombings with...

2007-01-10 15:00:28

By LANDRIGAN JOHN NEW Zealand's porn king will risk jail to challenge censorship laws with a cutting-edge adult internet site. "It's on the internet. They can't stop it. This will remove the subjectiveness of the law," says Steve Crow. "We will be able to show anything between two consenting adults. This will take (NZ chief censor Bill) Hastings out of the equation." But the censor's office says if Crow imports uncensored movies he faces up to 10 years in prison. A defiant Crow...

2006-09-05 09:39:14

By Kim McLaughlin COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Danish security police on Tuesday arrested nine men suspected of plotting to carry out a terrorist bomb attack in the Nordic country. Justice Minister Lene Espersen said most of the men are Danish citizens and that police had acted after discovering several of the group had collected materials to make explosives. "This is what is most alarming. These are Danish citizens living in Denmark that have been plotting a terror attack in Denmark,"...


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