Gag Law

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Media publications are advertised outside a newsstand in Sydney on September 14, 2017. Journalists and media outlets in Australia are facing potential fines and jail time for allegedly violating a gag order. (AFP/Peter Parks)

Australian journalists could be jailed for allegedly violating court’s gag order

Washington, D.C., April 11, 2019 — The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned about summons issued by the Victoria state supreme court in Australia to 23 journalists and 13 news organizations to appear on April 15 and face possible prison sentences or fines. The journalists and outlets allegedly breached a court order to suppress…

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A man reads a newspaper in Allahabad, India, on November 9, 2016. A Bengaluru court recently passed a gag order barring the Indian press and international social media networks from publishing derogatory remarks about a local political candidate. (Reuters/Jitendra Prakash)

Indian court gags news outlets from reporting ‘derogatory’ information about candidate

A Bengaluru court on March 30, 2019, issued a gag order to 44 Indian news outlets as well as Google, WhatsApp, YouTube, Facebook, and Yahoo, barring the outlets and platforms from publishing “defamatory and derogatory” content about Tejasvi Surya, a candidate in the upcoming parliamentary elections, according to independent Indian news website The News Minute.

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Newspaper vendors chat on their way to sell newspapers in Juba, South Sudan. Recently, the South Sudanese government has attempted to restrict local newspapers' ability to cover the ongoing political crisis in neighboring Sudan. (Adriane Ohanesian/Reuters)

South Sudanese media regulator bars newspaper from covering Sudan crisis

Nairobi, January 18, 2019–South Sudan’s state media regulator should immediately lift an order barring a privately-owned newspaper from covering protests in neighboring Sudan and issue a statement guaranteeing the media’s right to press freedom and editorial independence, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Self-Restraint vs. Self-Censorship

How much should journalists hold back when covering terrorism in Europe? By Jean-Paul Marthoz European journalists are on edge. Since the brutal execution of eight colleagues at the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on January 7, 2015, they have become acutely aware that they are in the firing line of extremists.

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The EU flag hangs in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. A series of votes on legislation could impact journalists in member states. (AFP/Patrick Hertzog)

EU rulings on whistleblowers and right-to-be-forgotten laws puts press freedom at risk

European journalists were reminded today that their freedom to report is not only determined by national laws, but increasingly by European institutions. Today, after years of political battle, the European Parliament adopted the Passenger Name Record directive, the Data Protection Package, and the Trade Secrets Protection Act. The stakes were immense and the debates long…

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A hologram of protesters is projected outside parliament in Madrid on April 10 in opposition to Spain's restrictive 'gag law,' which bans rallies near government buildings and threatens fines for photographing police. (Reuters/Susana Vera)

Why Spain’s new gag law is threat to free flow of information

On July 1 a public security law is due to come into force in Spain amid an increasingly vocal chorus of concern among the media and press freedom groups. The bill–dubbed the “ley mordaza,” or “gag law,” by opposition groups–would define protests in front of parliament and other government buildings as a “disturbance of public…

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Berlusconi finds a wiretap bill more difficult to pass than expected. (AP/Riccardo De Luca)

In Italy, vote postponed on Berlusconi’s ‘gag law’

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is leaving for vacation in a very bad mood. On Thursday, the House of Deputies, although dominated by Berlusconi’s center-right coalition, decided to postpone until September its vote on a wiretap bill that had been considered a bellwether by a government wracked by internecine wars and confronted with ominous poll…

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