A collection of Commonwealth related news stories - updated regularly.
Around ten journalists covering Islamist rioting in the central Dhaka district of Paltan on 5 May were injured in attacks by protesters and two were hospitalized in a critical condition. The rioting...
Journalists detained on World Press Freedom Day in Sierra Leone
On May 6, 2013, The Freetown Court No.3 charged Kasho Cole and Ibrahim Samura, managing editor and editor, respectively, of privately-owned Prime Newspaper, on eight counts of offences including...
Press regulation: newspapers drop right to have veto on watchdog appointments
By: Media Guardian
The biggest newspaper groups in the country, including those that publish the Daily Mail and the Sun, have conceded they must abandon their plans to have a veto on appointments to a new press regulator...
Zimbabwean journalists could face up to 20 years in jail for political story
On 7 May 2013, Dumisani Muleya, editor of the Zimbabwe Independent and chief reporter Owen Gagare, were arrested and charged with publishing or communicating false statements prejudicial to the state....
Newspaper association backs independent self-regulation of U.K. press
The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) backs an industry-proposed Royal Charter for independent self-regulation of the press that has been formally submitted to the Privy...
Provincial journalist killed in eastern India
Part-time reporter Jitendra Singh was killed Saturday 27 April 2013 in Khunti district, Jharkhand state, according to news reports. Members of the People's Liberation Front of India (PLFI), a breakaway...
Private radio station has licence withdrawn in Sierra Leone
By: Media Foundation for West Africa/IFEXAfri Radio, a privately-owned radio station has resolved to take legal action against the statutory media regulatory body, the Independent Media Commission (IMC) after its broadcast license was withdrawn on 12 April 20
Afri Radio, a privately-owned radio station has resolved to take legal action against the statutory media regulatory body, the Independent Media Commission (IMC) after its broadcast license was withdrawn...
Victory for free speech as U.K. libel bill passes
By: Index on Censorship
24 April saw history made. The UK parliament has passed a new Defamation Bill, which will now go on to Royal Assent. A major victory against censorship in Britain and beyond has been won, with England's...
Gambian government passes stiff law on false information
By: Media Foundation for West Africa/IFEX
On 16 April 2013, the National Assembly of The Gambia amended sections of the country's criminal code to empower the courts to mete out stiffer punishments to persons found guilty of giving false...
Commonwealth, La Francophonie and Russia convene dialogue on G20 issues
By: Commonwealth Secretariat
Finance ministers, central bank governors and senior officials from Commonwealth and La Francophonie countries will meet in Washington DC on 21 April 2013 to rub minds on how to draw greater awareness...