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

Balancing Civil Rights and National Security: Impact of Anti-Terror Laws on Media and Civil Liberties in Europe and Asia
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Edited by: Kalinga Seneviratne and Yeo Lay Hwee
ISBN: 978-981-07-0909-9
Year: 2011
Pages: 76
Price: US$ 13.00
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The adoption of anti-terror laws in the aftermath of 9/11 have resulted in censorship and self-censorhip to the detriment of society's right to be informed. The first segment of the book critically examines how governments in the UK, France, Germany, Netherlands and Denmark are grappling with the dilemma in treading a delicate balance between civil liberties and national security. The second part examines how five Asian countries (Pakistan, India, Indonesia, Philippines and Sri Lanka) which have suffered from terrorist attacks in past decades, are adopting a free rein attitude in enforcing terrorism laws. The two reports reflect that there are commonalities in the way governments and law enforcement authorities have been using the anti-terror laws to stifle free reporting.

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