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Balancing Civil Rights and National Security – Impact of Anti-Terror Laws on Media and Civil Liberties in Europe and Asia

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17 Dec 2011

Singapore Council of Women’s Organisation (SCWO), 96 Waterloo Street

9.30 am to 12 noon


“There has been a rush to adopt anti-terror laws in the aftermath of 9/11, and this has undermined respect for human rights and the rule of law”, said a statement issued by 40 representatives of journalists, media, lawyers and civil rights organizations that met in a Forum on anti-terrorism legislation and its impact on freedom of expression and information, in preparation for the 1st Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Media and New Communications Services that took place in Reykjavik, Iceland in May 2009. They reiterated that these laws have resulted in censorship and self-censorship, to the detriment of society’s right to be informed. Be it the liberal democracies of the West or those in the East, anti-terror laws introduced since 9/11, or tightened in that atmosphere, seem to have impacted negatively on hard-won media freedoms in many countries. This book examines its impact in both Europe and Asia, particularly on the journalism profession.

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