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FREE EXPRESSION: Iranian protesters raped, tortured in prison and Indians in Australia face racism

Iran once again grabbed headlines in the U.S, the U.K. and Middle East with allegations that Iranian protesters were raped in prison, and the admission by senior prison officials that torture took place. Asian press featured several stories about victimized Indian people in Australia. News around Africa showed journalists being denied access to information in South Africa and the arrest of six journalists in Gambia.

Investigation urged into Iran jail ‘rape’
BBC 10 August 2009

A defeated opposition candidate in Iran’s presidential election has called for an investigation into allegations some protesters were raped in prison.

Iran hearings/BBC

Iran hearings/European Pressphoto Agency

Iran admits election demonstrators were tortured The Guardian — Al JazeeraWashington Post

Iran judiciary looks to calm prison abuse outrage Washington Post
Trial of protesters seems only to hurt Iran, analysts say Los Angeles Times
Protesters savagely raped in jail: Iran’s Karroubi Al Arabiya — CNN
Report: Iranian prison chief dismissed, arrested CNN
Nobel winner demands democracy for Iran Al Arabiya

Another Indian student attacked in Australia
The Times of India 10 August 2009

A youth from Indore has now become the latest victim of racial attack in Australia. The victim, identified as Mohit Mangal, a resident of Old Palasia locality here, was attacked by four Australian youths around 1:30 a.m. (IST) yesterday night while he was on his way to a shopping mall in Sydney.

Private Australian colleges ‘ruining lives of Indians’ The Australian

Six journalists jailed in Gambia

Mail & Guardian 10 August 2009

Committee clashes with NIA on media access The Cape Times

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