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Championing Independent Journalism

Championing Independent Journalism

Obama signs US legislation to stymie Britain's libel law | Media President Obama yesterday signed into US law legislation aimed at protecting American authors, journalists and academics from Britain's libel laws. The Securing the Protection of our Enduring and Established Constitutional Heritage Act, known as the SPEECH Act, makes libel judgments against US writers in foreign territories unenforceable if they are perceived to counter the First Amendment right to free speech. The British-based Libel Reform Campaign has expressed concern that Britain's reputation is being damaged internationally due to what it calls "our restrictive, archaic and costly libel laws, which cost 140 times the European equivalent." The SPEECH Act is inspired by the Libel Terrorism Protection Act passed by the New York State assembly in February 2008, after American academic Dr Rachel Ehrenfeld was sued in London by an Arab businessman Sheikh Khalid bin Mahfouz. Only 23 copies of her book Funding Evil were sold in Britain compared to thousands distributed in the US.

The Report an Error Alliance Public Service Podcasting 10-04-2008 (Paris) UNESCO releases a series of 9 video podcasts on human rights, peace, tolerance and the fight against discrimination. The videos were selected out of more than one hundred proposals submitted under a project on ICT-enhanced Public Service Broadcasting. Last biennium, UNESCO launched a call for submissions of video podcast proposals for a series of production grants, within the framework of its project “ICT-enhanced Public Service Broadcasting: Contributing to the development of human rights, peace, tolerance and the fight against discrimination”. This project aimed at putting ICT, particularly brand new formats, at the service of content development on major societal and development issues. More than one hundred proposals were received from fifty countries, out of which nine projects were finally selected and produced throughout 2007. The DVD includes the following titles: Related themes/countries Share this story:

The Jakarta Globe Microsoft Quashed Personal Privacy Features of IE8 Browser Z Communications MediaBugs Religion & Ethics - Audio/video GroundTruth » Julian Assange: The end of secrets? - opinion - 16 August 2010 Read full article Continue reading page |1|2 Lifting the lid on the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks and its enigmatic hacker-turned-activist founder Editorial: Will someone leak the leaker's secrets? "QUICK, you've got to come now or you'll miss him," says the press officer. I find Assange sitting on a red leather armchair surrounded by journalists and holding a makeshift press conference. Assange was thrust into the limelight in April after WikiLeaks posted a video of US forces killing civilians in Iraq in 2007. "Is there a threat to your security coming from the United States?" "There have been unreasonable statements made in private by certain officials in the US administration," Assange replies. "How would you define 'unreasonable'?" "Statements which suggest that they may not follow the rule of law." Assange says he hasn't had any direct physical threats, but adds that he cancelled a recent trip to the US on the advice of an investigative journalist. What, exactly, has changed?

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