Freedom of expression

Zimbabwean women demand real rights for international women's day
Zimbabwean women demand real rights for international women's day 19 March 2007 APC

Posted on behalf of Isabella Matambanadzo, based in Harare, Zimbabwe. As the commemorations for International Women’s Day draw nearer, I am inspired to write to you all about the legacy Sekai Holland and Grace Kwinjeh have made to our movement. I realise that in their immediate roles they are largely seen as representatives of opposition politics, but that is not where they have always been located, and it is certainly not what I wish to focus on through this email. I visited both of ...

Violence in Zimbabwe
Violence in Zimbabwe 17 March 2007 APC

The situation in Zimbabwe has become very oppressive – not universally, but in isolated areas – an indication perhaps of the opposition re-engaging in the high density areas for the impending presidential (and possibly parliamentary) elections next year. This time round though, it would appear that some of the opposition activists have decided to use violence themselves. Although understandable, it is worrying to consider the consequences of their actions which have not been par...

Zimbabweans fight while SADC Watches in Silence: A Call to Action
Zimbabweans fight while SADC Watches in Silence: A Call to Action 14 March 2007 APC

The following statement will be run in a least one major newspaper in every country in the SADC region and in at least 2 South African papers. To add your support to this statement (either as an individual or as an organisation) mail your support to Roshnee Narrandes (roshneen@osisa.org) Deadline: 14 March 2007 at 16h00. NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT, THE FUTURE OF ZIMBABWE IS AT STAKE Zimbabweans ...

Crisis in Zimbabwe - state abuse worsens
Crisis in Zimbabwe - state abuse worsens 14 March 2007 APC

The crisis in Zimbabwe worsens as the state attacked its citizens on Sunday 11 March 2007 which resulted in the death of Gift Tandare. To follow events as they unfold, visit our index page on Strikes and Protests in Zimbabwe in 2007. Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and about 50 other activists appeared in court bruised and clearly suffering from t...

Reporter releases
Reporter releases 24 February 2007 APC

Reporters released after five-hour detention Reporters released after five-hour detention Three reporters arrested yesterday by the police in Rangoon were released after about five hours in detention. Two local correspondents Myat Thura of the Kyodo news agency, Sint Sint Aung of Nippon TV and May Thagyan Hein of Myanmar Dhana economic magazine, were detained in the Aung Tha Pyay police g...

Feb 22,2007 in Rangoon Burma
Feb 22,2007 in Rangoon Burma 23 February 2007 APC

Japan New Agency reorter Japanese news agency reporter detained by police in Burma A Burmese reporter of a Japanese news agency was arrested by the security police in Rangoon. Myat Thura (34) attached to the Kyodo News Agency in Japan was arrested while he was interviewing demonstrators protesting against the military junta this afternoon in downtown Rangoon. He was taken to an unknown lo...

Freedom of expression under siege in Tunisia
Freedom of expression under siege in Tunisia 24 January 2007 APC

Repression of human rights in Tunisia, especially the freedom of expression, remains rampant, says a joint statement signed by several international communication organisations. It is the first time that this coalition of human rights organisations writes to incoming UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and expresses its concerns, a bit more than one year after Tunisia has hosted the World Summit ...

Indian media freedom campaigners welcome new community radio policy
Indian media freedom campaigners welcome new community radio policy 11 December 2006 FN for APCNews

Eleven years after the Indian Supreme Court directed New Delhi to "open up the airwaves", campaigners who battled long for this to happen gave a sigh of relief when India finally opened up its broadcasts to community radio in mid November 2006. "The decision by the Indian government to allow civil society organisations and community groups to own and operate radio stations will give an additio...

Solidarity with the right to expression of all Fiji Islanders
Solidarity with the right to expression of all Fiji Islanders 10 December 2006 Suman Basset

December 8, 2006, Kathmandu. The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters  (AMARC) Asia Pacific condemns the unconstitutional military takeover in the Fiji Islands. This action of the military has severe implications for all citizens for Fiji, including organizations that are working to uphold the rule of law and the 1997 Constitution. The oppressive act of the military commanders...

Giving voice to the Voiceless!!
Giving voice to the Voiceless!! 16 November 2006 APC

Greetings! Lauren writing from the AMARC 9 World Assembly in Amman,Jordan. It has been a privilege to be present here among the global and regional AMARC family and the many local community radio activists and journalists. I wish to share very good news from the Community Radio sector of India…. This statement is issued by Ashish Sen, President of Asia pacific, AMARC at the Amarc 9 World ...

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