Just got this punch that independent media will be kept at far far distance tomorrow from highly controversial, unethical and outrageous presidential elections in Pakistan. Only state owned media will cover these elections at the designated polling stations, and issue the footage or "official news" at their will, with no possibility of cross check by any independent source. This silly order has been issued by highly controversial, discredited, shameless Election Commission of Pakistan.
In Pakistan, its "freedom of expression like never before". This is the lead line of advertisements by the state owned media.
Bangladesh : Free flow of information can curb corruption Says Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) chief
Free flow of information can be a strong weapon in curbing corruption, Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman Lt Gen (retd) Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury said yesterday and hoped that the government would take measures to etablish the right to information.
…. was one of the main conclusions of Ethan Zuckerman’s ‘killer’ presentation at the Web2forDev conference. "One thing all geeks love is developing software. Give a geek a free minute and he will start writing software" he says, although he himself is a geek and enthusiastic software developer. "Your task is to stop them!", he added.
You are informed that September 28 is the International Right to Know Day. In recognition of the international right to know day In Bangladesh the day will be observed with full attention. Different NGOs/CSOs celebrate the day through different programs. I am mentioning here some programs:
Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) and with other Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) has been continuing advocacy with the Government for a long time to open up the Community Radio in Bangladesh.
A seminar on ‘Multi-Stakeholder National Consultation: CSOs and Aid Effectiveness’ was held in the city yesterday. The seminar was organised jointly by a research and advocacy organisation (and APC-member) VOICE and a global networking organisation ‘Reality of Aid’ at the Brac Centre, said a press release.
A couple of weeks ago we blogged that workers employed in care homes in
north London (UK) were told by their employer — a private company
called Fremantle — that their wages were being cut by 30%, their hours
increased, their sick pay become a thing of the past, and their
pensions reduced, triggering an <a href="http://blog.apc.org/en/index.shtml?x=5197682">online campaign from LabourStart</a>
which was then taken offline following letters to LaborStart’s internet
service provider from Freemantle. The campaign continues. Read this
update from LabourStart.
Delegates representing NGOs-members of the EDRI (European Digital Rights) network took part in the General Assembly (GA) in Berlin September 1-2, 2007, discussing current issues of interest and the overall functioning of the association.
Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Africa are to send a 20-member
delegation to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil, in November 2007 to ensure that the African voices are heard.
Speaking on behalf of the CSOs, Ms Natasha Primo of the Association for
Progressive Communications (APC) said that the essence of bringing the
crusade to the largest gathering of pen-pushers on the continent was to
guarantee that African communicators were not left out.