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Monthly Archives: August 2012

Myanmar: Analysis of Constitutional Guarantees

The Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) and International Media Support (IMS) today released an Analysis of the guarantees for freedom of expression in the 2008 Constitution of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. Although the 2008 Constitution represented an important step forward in terms of democracy and human rights, the Analysis highlights shortcomings … Continue reading

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Egypt: Need for Real Reform of Defamation Laws

On 23 August 2012, Egypt’s newly elected President, Mohamed Morsi, passed his very first decree after having wrested back legislative powers from the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) earlier that month. The decree cancelled the possibility of pre-trial detention for journalists charged with insulting the president, leading to the release of Islam Afifi, … Continue reading

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BLOG: Google Announces Plans to Revise Search Results to Protect Copyright

Google has announced plans to recalibrate their search algorithms to lower the rankings of websites that are the subject of “valid copyright removal notices”. It’s something of a surprise move, considering the way Google weathered previous storms over their ranking system by essentially claiming their algorithms were sacrosanct. In 2009, Google came under fire after … Continue reading

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Myanmar: Guidance on an Empowering Press Law

The Government of Myanmar is preparing a press law which is supposed to significantly democratise regulation of the print media, an important part of its overall plans to become a democracy. In order to help ensure that the law promotes press freedom, the Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD), working with the Southeast Asian Press … Continue reading

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Open Letter to Cambodian Government Protesting Broadcaster’s Detention

Centre for Law and Democracy, along with Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada and the International Federation of Journalists – Asia Pacific, have drafted an open letter to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen to protest the detention of Mam Sonando, an independent broadcaster and prominent critic of Cambodia’s government.

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