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IFEX This Week for 23 January 2013


16 January - 23 January 2013

This Week Putting free expression issues in focus

SPOTLIGHT EGYPT
Under Morsi, criminal defamation suits soar in Egypt
President Mohamed Morsi's first 200 days in office alone have witnessed more defamation lawsuits than under all Egyptian rulers combined since 1892, states ANHRI in its latest report, issued to mark the second anniversary of the Egyptian revolution. (read more)

Wall art in France depicting President Mohamed Morsi

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INTERNATIONAL COMPILED BY MARIANNA TZABIRAS
Transparency, access to information key to addressing global hunger crisis
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AFRICA COMPILED BY CARO ROLANDO
SOMALIA
SOMALI JOURNALIST KILLED ON WAY TO WORK

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AMERICAS COMPILED BY ERIN WOYCIK
MEXICO
MEXICAN TEACHER FIRED FOR SHOWING GAY RIGHTS FILM

Index on Censorship


ASIA AND PACIFIC COMPILED BY MARIANNA TZABIRAS
THAILAND
THAI EDITOR SENTENCED TO 11 YEARS OVER DEFAMATORY ARTICLES

Southeast Asian Press Alliance


EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA COMPILED BY CARO ROLANDO
TAJIKISTAN
AUTHORITIES BLOCK NEWS WEBSITES, FACEBOOK IN TAJIKISTAN

Committee to Protect Journalists REGIONS IN THE NEWS

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Gordon Campbell: On How Obama’s Supreme Court Choice Says Everything (Bad) About His Presidency

Nothing has epitomised the presidency of Barack Obama quite like his Supreme Court nominees. Time and again, Republican presidents will blithely nominate right wing ideological extremists (Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas) who only sometimes misfire and turn out to be liberals in disguise (David Souter). Yet Obama has consistently skipped over the judicially qualified liberals and gone for a succession of centrists... More>>

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Turkey: UN Secretary-General On The Terrorist Bombing In Ankara

The Secretary-General condemns the terrorist attack in Ankara earlier today. According to the latest reports, the explosion in the Kizilay district killed and wounded dozens of people. More>>

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Five Years On: Fukushima And New Zealand

Science Media Centre: It was the worst nuclear event since Chernobyl. In the wake of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, a crippled Japanese nuclear powerplant went into meltdown, and the world watched as emergency workers scrambled to shut down and contain the reactors. More>>

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UNICEF: 1 In 3 Syrian Children Has Grown Up Knowing Only Crisis

An estimated 3.7 million Syrian children – 1 in 3 of all Syrian children - have been born since the conflict began five years ago, their lives shaped by violence, fear and displacement, according to a UNICEF report. This figure includes more than 151,000 children born as refugees since 2011. More>>

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Franklin Lamb: Syria’s Truce Bodes Well For Salvaging Our Cultural Heritage

The tentative cessation of hostilities in Syria, which came into effect on 2/28/2016, brokered by Washington and Moscow, is only in its second week... It is well documented that there have been daily incidents of artillery shelling, airstrikes and clashes. Yet, for the nearly 12 million displaced civilians, half of Syria’s population, it’s a much welcomed respite. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Rubio’s Last Stand (And Sleater-Kinney)

Well, it certainly was entertaining to watch Rubio succeed in getting under Donald Trump’s skin the other day, in the last debate before tomorrow’s Super Tuesday multi-state sweepstakes... The real killer for Rubio was that the most recent poll from Florida which shows him losing his home state to Trump by a huge margin in the primary due on March 15. More>>

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