Azerbaijani journalist wins World Press Freedom Prize 2012

Freedom of Expression congratulates Mr Eynulla Fatullayev, an Azerbaijani journalist and human rights activist, who has won the prestigious UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize 2012.

According to UNESCO “Throughout his career, Mr Eynulla Fatullayev has unfailingly and steadfastly spoken out for freedom of the press and freedom of expression. Imprisoned in 2007, he was released last year by presidential pardon on Azerbaijan’s Republic Day, 26 May.”

Complete news here.

Latest curb on freedom of expression in Pakistan!

The Punjab province of Pakistan has imposed a ban on all of its officials to interact with media persons. By doing so journalists have been denied access to information required for their news reports. The move is being seen as a serious threat to the right to have access to information and obviously to freedom of expression.
One wonders as to why the provincial government did so despite recent insertion of Article 19-A to the Constitution of Pakistan in the wake of 18th Constitutional Amendment which ensures every citizen the right to have access to information. Article 19-A reads “Every citizen shall have the right to have access to information in all matters of public importance subject to regulation and reasonable restrictions imposed by law.”
According to a recent report following a new rule of Punjab government, different government departments refused to share information with journalists.

Threat to freedom of expression in Indonesia!

A new bill in Indonesia is likely to be a threat to freedom of expression. Read here

Swimsuits with graffiti of Hindu goddesses spark debate in India…

The photographs of models wearing swimsuits with graffiti of Hindu goddesses published in an Indian newspaper have started heated debate in India about freedom of expression. Personally, I do believe that one should respect and honour religion and religious sentiments of others. What do you think friends?

Here is the story.

Power outages in Pakistan, threat to social networks too!

THE ongoing power crisis, besides crippling routine life and damaging almost all the sectors in Pakistan, has been badly affecting the academic activities as well as causing nuisance to those involved in online social networking and micro-blogging. Read complete report here.

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How to celebrate World Press Freedom Day 2011?

Dear friends forward your suggestions and ideas as to how the World Press Freedom Day 2011 should be celebrated? Any resolutions….

UNESCO is celebrating the day this year with the theme “21st Century Media: New Frontiers, New Barriers”. There is no doubt freedom of expression has become more challenging in the wake of emerging digital tools.

Latest curbs on media in Pakistan

The infant electronic media in Pakistan is once again under attack by the so-called democratic government. The government has suspended transmissions of the country’s sole Sports channel Geo Super and youth channel Aag TV, both owned by Geo Group.

Read here.

Public reaction.

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