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Media Censorship: Media Freedom Worsens in China

Tightened press controls followed official concerns about ‘Jasmine’ uprisings. China has fallen once again in world press freedom rankings, following a year marked by crackdowns around the world, the Paris-based press monitor Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said in an annual

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Posted in Free Speech, Government Control, Human Rights, Media Censorship

Freedom of Expression: Activists Jailed for Criticizing Government

The Supreme Court in the United Arab Emirates has sentenced five political activists to prison for publicly criticizing the country’s leaders. The defendants were arrested in April for making various comments, and they appeared in court several times, mostly behind

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Posted in Freedom of Expression, Government Control, Human Rights

Brave Vietnamese Writers Honored for Commitment to Rights

This week, Human Rights Watch awarded forty-eight writers from 24 countries 2011 Hellman/Hammett grants for their commitment to free expression and their courage in the face of persecution. Included in the diverse group are 28 winners from Asia, including eight

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Posted in Human Rights

Syrian Protests Ripple Across Nation Despite Crackdown

Tens of thousands of Syrians continued to protest against their government Friday, in spite of a growing crackdown and the deaths of dozens of people during the past week.  Reports from Syria say security forces killed at least six more

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Posted in Human Rights

Rights Groups Say Burma Army Using Prison Labor on Front Lines

Rights groups say they have new details about how Burma’s military forces prisoners to work as laborers and human shields on the front lines of its battles against ethnic militias. Human Rights Watch and the Karen Human Rights Group say

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Posted in Human Rights

Anti-Government Protests Spread in North Africa

Source: VOA – By Lisa Bryant   Thousands of anti-government protesters took to the streets of Morocco and Tunisia Sunday, while there are reports of 173 people killed during clashes with security forces in eastern Libya. Morocco was the latest

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Posted in Human Rights

Crackdown on Protesters Deepens in Libya

Source: VOA   News reports say Libyan security forces fired shots Saturday to disperse a crowd gathered to mourn protesters killed in a government crackdown on demonstrations. The Associated Press quotes a hospital official who says at least 15 people

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Egypt: Demonstrators Defy Riot Police, Censorship

Source: Human Rights Watch Internet Blackout Threatens Rights The Egyptian people are on the streets demanding reform and a government whose police no longer attack them. After decades of torture and brutality, the Egyptian government is all too comfortable beating

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Posted in Human Rights

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