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No more limbo

It’s official. You can no longer be in limbo. The Catholic Church has officially abolished it.
Yes, really. A document by the International Theological Commission published today and approved by the Pope establishes that there is no limbo. Under the original theory children (or others) who were not baptized would go to limbo – nothingness -, according to Dante, one of the circles of hell. But the Catholic Church is concerned about providing such fate for the millions of aborted fetuses, whom, according to them, have souls. So their solution? Abolish limbo, let them go straight to hell… I mean, heaven. Now you know.

Blogger arrested and held for reporting on torture of detainees

I17 April 2007
Blogger arrested and held for reporting on torture of detainees
SOURCE: Reporters sans frontières (RSF), Paris
**Updates IFEX alert of 16 April 2007; please note that in the previous
alert, the journalist’s name was spelled “Mahmoud”**
(RSF/IFEX) – Voicing concern about increasingly repressive policies towards
online dissent, Reporters Without Borders has called for the release of
blogger Abdul-Moneim Mahmud, who was arrested on 14 April 2007 at Cairo
airport. He has been charged with membership of an “illegal organisation”
(the Muslim Brotherhood), but his arrest seems to be linked to the photos
and reports about the torture of detainees that he has posted online.

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Civilian Claims on U.S. Suggest the Toll of War

The New York Times
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April 12, 2007
In February 2006, nervous American soldiers in Tikrit killed an Iraqi fisherman on the Tigris River after he leaned over to switch off his engine. A year earlier, a civilian filling his car and an Iraqi Army officer directing traffic were shot by American soldiers in a passing convoy in Balad, for no apparent reason.
The incidents are among many thousands of claims submitted to the Army by Iraqi and Afghan civilians seeking payment for noncombat killings, injuries or property damage American forces inflicted on them or their relatives.

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MALAYSIA: Government plans to force bloggers to register

SOURCE: Reporters sans frontières (RSF), Paris
(RSF/IFEX) – Reporters Without Borders has voiced concern about a 4 April
2007 statement by Deputy Minister of Energy, Water and Communications Datuk
Shaziman Abu Mansor, that in order to prevent the spread of “negative or
malicious content,” bloggers will soon have to register with the
government. While claiming it does not intend to censor bloggers, the
government has warned that bloggers are not above the law when they
“disturb peace and harmony” in Malaysia.
“This measure could jeopardise online free expression,” Reporters Without
Borders said. “It could push many bloggers to opt for anonymity or censor
themselves out of fear of reprisals. The deputy minister’s statement once
again demonstrates the government’s desire to exercise improper control
over the online flow of information inside Malaysia. The obligatory
registering of blogs is a measure that so far has only been adopted by
countries such as China that violate Internet users’ rights.”
The political parties and the government control most of the media in
Malaysia. The most popular blogs serve as a counter-weight, offering
political comment that is often critical of the government. Science and
Technology Minister Kong Cho Ha said on 4 December 2006 that he wanted to
“create strict laws to control abuses on the Internet” and to dissuade
“bloggers from advocating disorder and chaos in society.”
On 19 January 2007, Reporters Without Borders took up the cause of two
Malaysian bloggers who are the target of libel suits by members of the
staff of the “New Straits Times”, a Malaysian newspaper. Jeff Ooi, who
writes one of the country’s most popular blogs, Screenshots ( ), has been sued for refusing to take down 13 posts
which the newspaper’s staffers consider to be defamatory (see IFEX alerts
of 1 February and 19 January 2007).
Ahiruddin Attan, who produces a blog called Rockybru ( ), says he is being sued over a post in
which he accused some of the newspaper’s journalists of being agents of the
Singaporean government (see alerts of 1 February and 19 January 2007).
For further information, contact Julien Pain, RSF Internet Desk, 5, rue
Geoffroy Marie, Paris 75009, France, tel: +33 1 44 83 84 71, fax: +33 1 45
23 11 51, e-mail:, Internet:

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