Freedom of Information and Censorship

Rudaw: Closure of Roj TV to be Challenged at European Court.

The following post is on an article published by Deniz Serinci on Rudaw on March 20, 2014. The article explains that  a Kurdish TV Channel, Roj TV, was shut down in 2012 because it was convicted of supporting the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party) which is banned in Turkey, Europe and United States because it is considered a terrorist organization. The shutdown was confirmed after the three levels of jurisdiction in...

 
 

Techdirt: Senator Schumer About His ‘Media Shield’ Law

The following post is part of our news aggregation category; it is an update to our previous post on the “media shield” law in the US. A 24 March 2014 article by Techdirt explains how the US media shield law project won’t protect actual journalists due to a restrictive interpretation of the definition of a journalist. Here are some quotes from the Techdirt article: There had been a time when...

 
 

The US media shield law and WikiLeaks

Several articles have reported on the proposed US media shield law, stressing that it was designed to exclude WikiLeaks from the shield protection.  We summarize here what it is all about and quote several press articles. Definition and background: A shield law is legislation aiming to protect journalists and their sources. According to Wikipedia: “A shield law is law that gives reporters protection against being forced to disclose confidential information...

 
 

Kristinn Hrafnsson about Manning’s verdict and Snowden’s asylum (links)

Kristinn Hrafnsson about Manning’s verdict and Snowden’s asylum (links)

On July 30, 2013, Manning verdict has been ruled by the military judge presiding his court martial: Bradley Manning is not guilty on the most serious charge of “aiding the enemy”, but still faces maximum 136-year sentence for the other charges against him. Two days after, Russia granted temporary asylum to Edward Snowden. We put here the links about the statements made by Kristinn Hrafnsson, WikiLeaks spokesperson, on both issues....

 
 

An Open Letter to the Media on the ‘Irony’ of Snowden’s Request for Asylum in Venezuela and Ecuador

An open letter was published on Commondreams on July 18, 2013,  co-authored by academics specialists of Latin America. The letter was in response to numerous media outlets in the US that have repeatedly stressed the “irony” of Snowden’s asylum request to Venezuela and Ecuador, which supposedly do not respect freedom of the press. The letter presents an alternate view, with strong arguments pointing to the structure of Latin American media,...

 
 

Event: Kristinn Hrafnsson participated to “Fighting for Transparency”conference

Event: Kristinn Hrafnsson participated to “Fighting for Transparency”conference

The Academy of Journalism and Media,part of the Neuchâtel University (Switzerland) organized today May 24, 2013, a conference titled “Fighting for Transparency: Lost Battle or Mission to Accomplish?” The conference objectives were: “The conference will focus on free access to information and on its political, economic and social implications. The Wikileaks case spawned a hype of scale around the concepts of open data. Even though it has been absent from...