Archive for January 24th, 2013

24/01/2013

French, Malian Military Restrict Access of Media to Conflict Areas

“French military and Malian government forces are restricting access to conflict areas for members of the media, making covering the situation a major challenge”

Northern Mali conflict | Author: Orionist | Wikimedia Commons

Northern Mali conflict | Author: Orionist | Wikimedia Commons

By Peter Townson*, 23/01/2013 – As violence continues in Mali, the national and international media are finding it increasingly difficult to provide quality coverage of the situation.

The primary reason behind the challenges is the fact that journalists are being forced to stay in the capital city of Bamako, and are not being allowed to travel freely throughout the country.

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24/01/2013

Under Morsi, Criminal Defamation Suits Soar in Egypt

Human Wrongs Watch

By Hiba Zayadin, (IFEX)* – 23 January 2013 – When promises of increased media freedoms followed President Hosni Mubarak’s downfall in early 2011, a wave of new satellite channels and newspapers flooded the media scene in Egypt.

Wall art in France depicting President Mohamed MorsiAbode of Chaos/flickr | IFEX

Wall art in France depicting President Mohamed Morsi
Abode of Chaos/flickr | IFEX

It seemed back then that most red lines had dissolved; Egyptians were free to express their political views and criticisms without fear of retribution.

A few months after the revolution, however, it became apparent that the rights of journalists were not to be safeguarded, as criminal defamation made its way into the new constitution.

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