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Illinois Death Penalty Repeal Has National Implications
March 9, 2011 | by Diann Rust-Tierney and Shari Silberstein
Illinois governor Pat Quinn has signed legislation making his the 16th U.S. state to end the death penalty. We can expect to see more states joining those ranks.
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Posted in: Justice, United States
Topics: capital punishment, criminal justice, Criminal Justice Fund, death penalty, Diann Rust-Tierney, Illinois, moratorium on executions, prisons, Shari Silberstein
Case Watch: Can a Book Review Constitute Defamation?
March 9, 2011 | by Sarah Montgomery
French criminal courts recently resolved an unusual case, which might have had a chilling effect on academic speech, with a judgment that should be welcomed by scholars everywhere.
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Posted in: Europe, Justice, Media & Arts
Topics: book review, Case Watch, defamation, European Court of Human Rights, forum-shopping, France, freedom of expression, Joseph Weiler, Karin Calvo-Goller, libel, MGN Ltd. v. UK, Sarah Montgomery
The Advent of Githeri
March 8, 2011 | by Mugambi Kiai
The executive arm of government in Kenya resembles a plate of githeri—a mixture of maize and beans where none takes precedence over the other and the absence of one fatally detracts, degrades, and diminishes the entire dish.
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Posted in: Africa, Governance & Accountability
Topics: coalition goverment, constitution, Kenya, Mugambi Kiai, Raila Odigna, Uhuru Kenyatta
Hushing Up Civilian Casualties Investigations in Afghanistan
March 8, 2011 | by Erica Gaston
The detention of journalists for trying to provide an independent voice on security incidents undermines Western governments' otherwise positive efforts to support free media in Afghanistan in the past 10 years.
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Posted in: Governance & Accountability, Media & Arts, Middle East
Topics: Afghanistan, civilian casualties, Erica Gaston, freedom of speech, ISAF, journalists, media independence, transparency
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