Three trials relating to issues of corruption and abuse of office have been taken against crusading Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon. The verdict of one trial, resulted in an eleven year disbarment order, with no recourse for appeal. Was it a case of the law being fairly applied or is it a political witch hunt against a man many view as a political nuisance?
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Censorship; it’s a rather ugly word and a difficult concept but is it a necessary evil? Recent phone hacking controversy in the United Kingdom has demonstrated the dangers of an unregulated media which is allowed to act illegally with complete impunity and print whatever they wish, without need to verify facts. But where does regulation end and censorship begin? Do we trust states to fairly regulate media? Judging by the recent furore throughout Europe at Hungary’s repressive media law, the answer would appear to be no.
A typically overlooked consequence of the EU’s fall from global grace due to its financial crisis is the debate it has precipitated at the highest political levels of East Africa. Since its most recent inception in 1996, the East African Community (EAC)-an envisioned political and fiscal union of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi- has looked to the European Union as a role model for regional integration, the embodiment of all it aspires to achieve. However, with the recent Euro Zone crisis and political fracturing within the EU, discontent has begun to circulate amongst the East African countries involved; should they heed the warning of the European Union and abandon their endeavour before it’s too late?