When free expression comes second to fear of protest

If there’s a lesson to be learnt from recent incidents of censorship in the UK arts sector, it’s that a really noisy public protest will close a show that you don’t want to see – or want others to see either. … More When free expression comes second to fear of protest

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Facing censorship despite presidential promise

The Colombo Telegraph, Sri Lanka’s most iconoclastic investigative news website, is gearing up for this year’s second national election. And once again they face the threat of censorship – despite a presidential promise to bring it to an end. … More Facing censorship despite presidential promise

Protecting sources: Raising the stakes

“No matter how careful you are from that point on, no matter how sophisticated your source, journalists have to be sure that they make no mistakes at all in the very beginning to the very end of a source relationship or they’re placing people actively at risk… It’s a constantly increasing list and one that we’re not even aware of today. I would say lawyers, doctors, investigators, possibly even accountants. Anyone who has an obligation to protect the privacy interests of their clients is facing a new and challenging world and we need new professional training and new professional standards to make sure that we have mechanisms to ensure that the average member of our society can have a reasonable measure of faith in the skills of all the members of these professions.” … More Protecting sources: Raising the stakes

Restore public info & media rights to post-2015 agenda

Commitments to greater media freedom and public access to information have been cut from a draft pact on post-2015 global development, barely days after campaigners had been told they had successfully won a place for them in the text. As the pact’s drafters reconvene this week and next, they face calls to restore the cut … More Restore public info & media rights to post-2015 agenda