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· August, 2014

Stories about Law from August, 2014

31 August 2014

Indian Security Forces Open Fire on Peaceful Protestors in ‪‎‪‎Manipur

The Nagas in Ukhrul are protesting the ban on rallies and the militarisation of their home, which defies decade-long ceasefire between Naga separatists and the Indian Government.

28 August 2014

Activist Blogger in Vietnam Gets 3 Years Behind Bars for ‘Obstructing Traffic’

Advox

A court has sentenced a prominent Vietnamese activist blogger to three years in prison for posing a “serious obstruction to traffic.” Her two other companions will join her behind bars.

27 August 2014

A Private Hospital in Bangaldesh Held a Patient's Body Ransom Because the Family Couldn't Pay Up Immediately

The deficiencies in Bangladesh's government hospitals and the uncertainties regarding service prompts people to chose private hospitals -- at a huge expense.

25 August 2014

China Insists That Hong Kong Should Only Have Pro-Beijing Candidates — for National Security

China's Basic Law Committee Li Fei said that "the person who governs Hong Kong must be a patriot" or the city risks turning into an independent political entity.

Blogger Law Traps Russia's Activists in Limbo

RuNet Echo

The new blogger law's vagueness makes it an extremely potent tool for controlling dissent in Russia.

Is Zambia’s President Sata Working Quietly Behind the Scenes or Seriously Ill?

Zambia's President Michael Sata has not been seen in public since May. Many are speculating that the former publicity-loving politician is ailing.

24 August 2014

Critics Fear Bangladesh's New Media Monitoring Policy Will Stifle Free Expression

Advox

Questions have been raised by many about the new draft broadcasting policy of Bangladesh. Such a policy was much due, but analysts say its regressive and will control the media.

23 August 2014

Indian News Portal Says Thomson Reuters Has ‘Unethical’ Understanding of Copyright

Thomson Reuters sent an email to MediaNama saying it would use and redistribute the portal's content if MediaNama didn't refuse consent within 14 days.

22 August 2014

Advocates Petition UN for Action on Jailed Egyptian Blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah

Advox

The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Media Legal Defence Initiative asked the UN to intervene immediately in the case of Abd El Fattah, who began a hunger strike this week.

Why Protesters in Trinidad & Tobago Are Against the Proposed Constitutional Reform Bill

With general elections due next year, some suggest it is an attempt to boost the government's approval ratings before citizens go to the polls, while others see more sinister motives.

20 August 2014

SMS Death Threats Stoke Fears on Fate of Abducted Journalist in Maldives

Advox

The messages came just days before the unexplained disappearance of journalist and democracy advocate Ahmed Rizwan Abdulla.

Russians Don't Care for Bloggers, Approve of Bloggers’ Law

RuNet Echo

Russians are mostly unaware of the new bloggers' law, and those who do know about it think it's a good idea, a new public opinion poll has found.

Lessons from Marcus Garvey, Jamaica's First National Hero

Marcus Garvey, who was born 127 years ago, was a fervent supporter of Pan-Africanism. On the anniversary of his birthday, two bloggers commemorated the leader.

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