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Rights groups condemn demand to shut Al Jazeera.

Rights groups and journalists raise concerns over suppression of press freedom as Gulf states issue demands to Qatar.

- Al Jazeera - QA

In terror fight, tech companies caught between US and European ideals.

Amid European pressure to crack down on terrorist content, US-based tech companies struggle to strike a balance between American and European concepts of censorship and freedom of speech.

- Christian Science Monitor - US

Chinese online video programmes told to get a licence or pull the plug.

Beijing has tightened restrictions on video and audio current affairs programming on the internet – an area said to be posing a big headache for censors – requiring all broadcasters to hold a licence. The media regulator has told three popular websites – the Twitter-like Sina Weibo, video sharing site ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Lutsenko: Freedom of speech was not infringed during Huzhva search.

Investigative actions taken involving editor-in-chief of the Kyiv-based Strana.ua news portal Ihor Huzhva were conducted legally. It was a case about extortion and has nothing to do with pressuring media,” head of Ukraine's Prosecutor General's Office Yuriy Lutsenko has said. “I can state unequivocally that ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Qatar's Al-Jazeera hits back at Arab states' attempt to close it down.

The Qatari-owned Al Jazeera television network hit back on Friday at reported demands by four Arab countries to close it down, calling them "nothing but an attempt to silence the freedom of expression in the region."

- The Daily Star - LB

'Rocks weren't used to prevent screening of documentary'.

The MUP has announced that the police secured the Media Center building in Nis where a documentary about the 1999 war was to be shown on Thursday evening. According to the Interior Ministry , several dozen citizens gathered around the building to protest against the film - titled, "Albanian women are our sisters."

- B92 - SK

Germany condemns Turkish criticism of Berlin's new liberal mosque | Reuters.

BERLIN/ANKARA The German government on Friday condemned Turkish criticism of a new liberal mosque in Berlin as interference in freedom of religion and opinion, adding further strain to an already fraught relationship.A number of Turkish media as well as Turkey's main Muslim religious authority, Diyanet, have poured scorn on ...

- Firstpost - IN

Johnny Depp's Trump Assassination Joke Thuds Online.

Johnny Depp cracked a President Donald Trump assassination joke to a laughing festival crowd in England on Thursday night and received a strong backlash on social media. The question now is, will he apologize or double down? No word yet.

- Newsmax - US

Media watchdog slams demand to shut Al Jazeera.

Reporters Without Borders raises concern over the suppression of press freedom as Gulf states issue demands to Qatar.

- Al Jazeera - QA

Preet Bharara was concerned by White House phone call, memo shows.

Just a few days before he was fired after refusing to resign, former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara wrote a memo sharing his concerns about a phone call he received from the White House, BuzzFeed News reports. Using the Freedom of Information Act, BuzzFeed was able to get an email on Thursday that Bharara sent on March 9 to ...

- The Week - US

BSP Warns of Protests Unless it Gets Monument from State.

The leader of Bulgarian Socialist Party , Korneliya Ninova, urged Prime Minister Boyko Borisov to keep what he had proposed about the Buzludzha monument, otherwise the socialists will protest in front of the government headquarters, a reporter of FOCUS News Agency reported. Ninova met with Regional Development Minister ...

- Novinite - BG

Sick of censoring content, China bans livestreaming altogether

Chinese authorities have sent shockwaves through the social media sphere, with a blanket ban on livestreaming across three major online platforms. On Thursday, the government ordered Weibo, iFeng and ACFUN to stop all its video and audio streaming services, according to an FT report. SEE ALSO: China ironically decides to ...

- Mashable! - US

China clamps down on live-streaming services

The Chinese government has cracked down on three of the country's top live-streaming services over their apparent broadcast of unsuitable political content. Weibo, the Nasdaq-listed microblogging site, disclosed that it had received a notice from The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of ...

- TechCrunch - US

Ontario set to announce ticket sale reforms, crackdown on 'scalper bots'

TORONTO - Ontario will announce reforms to ticket selling legislation on Monday, after a public consultation found widespread support for more transparent sales and more rules for resellers, The Canadian Press has learned. The attorney general sought public feedback earlier this year on how to craft legislation on ticket ...

- Global News - CA

China tightens online video controls, jolting investors

BEIJING — Three popular Chinese internet services have been ordered to stop streaming video after censors complained it contained improper comments on sensitive issues. Thursday's announcement adds to efforts by President Xi Jinping's government to tighten media control ahead of a Communist Party congress late this year. ...

- SFGate - US

HRC's Welcoming Schools Program Welcomes Young Facilitators from Mexico

Post submitted byMilagros Chirinos,Bilingual Media Manager-Spanish Jorge Herrera and Mara Orozco of Mexico City share a passion: advocating for LGBTQ students. These young leaders, inspired to action by the lack of inclusive practices and procedures in their own schools, are the founders of DILO, a non-profit ...

- Human Rights Campaign - US

Proposed ACA Repeal Puts Health Care for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Individuals at Risk

Post submitted by HRC Law FellowBailey Metzger The passage of the Affordable Care Act was a health care milestone for the LGBTQ community. Section 1557 of the ACA, a groundbreaking non-discrimination provision has proven transformational for transgender and gender non-conforming people seeking health care. In May 2016, the ...

- Human Rights Campaign - US

Japanese government upholds freedom of press

The opinion pieces by Jeff Kingston in the June 11 edition and William Pesek in the June 14 paper presented their interpretation of the relations ...

- The Japan Times - JP

'Catholics' for Choice Lies about Catholics…Again

On June 21, 2017, the far-left group Catholics for Choice put an unsavory, anti-Catholic ad on the cover of The Washington Post tabloid Express, falsely accusing Catholics of “discrimination.” The aim of the ad is clear: coerce Catholic institutions into paying for abortion-inducing drugs by lying. The ad ...

- NewsBusters - US

Netflix Documentary Claims Trump Destroying Freedom of the Press

Thursday’s Morning Joe took the time to devote a whole segment to a new Netflix documentary entitled Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press. In discussion with the director, Brian Knappenberger, the panel lamented the supposed deplorable attacks by Donald Trump and his supporters on the media and First Amendment. Time ...

- NewsBusters - US

Reporter to Sanders: 'What's Your Reaction' to Lefty Fears GOP Health Care Plan Will Kill People

During Thursdays audio-only White House daily briefing, deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders received a question from CBS Radio News that touted far-left Senate protesters that have claimed that the proposed Senate Republican health care bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare would cause people to die. “I ...

- NewsBusters - US

It's Time for Congressman Issa to Come Down From the Roof and Support the First Amendment

Rep. Darrell Issa has stood idly by as the city of Vista attacks his constituents' right to protest outside of his office. On May 30, Rep. Darrell Issa's San Diego County constituents saw a different side of the nine-term member of Congress. Angry at peaceful protesters outside his district office building in Vista, ...

- ACLU - US

Fin24.com | How to attain true economic freedom

Focusing on inequality and the notion of maliciously repressive rich people deflects attention from the real reason why millions remain poor, say Jasson Urbach and Martin van Staden.

- Fin24 - SA

Israeli woman wins discrimination case over airline seat

Rabinowitz was asked to move her seat to avoid discomfort to an ultra-Orthodox man The post Israeli woman wins discrimination case over airline seat appeared first on The Express Tribune.

- The Express Tribune - PK

Egypt Expands Media Crackdown; Rights Groups Lament Plight of Press

Rights groups warn that rulers across the Middle East are stepping up efforts to silence political dissent, detaining journalists, shuttering newspapers and blocking news sites. Egypt added seven sites to its blacklist last weekend, including Turkey's Hurriyet Daily News, bringing to 103 the number of its blocked news ...

- Voice of America - US

Preet Bharara was concerned by White House phone call, memo shows

Just a few days before he was fired after refusing to resign, former US Attorney Preet Bharara wrote a memo sharing his concerns about a phone call he received from the White House, BuzzFeed News reports. Using the Freedom of Information Act, BuzzFeed was able to get an email on Thursday that Bharara sent on March 9 to ...

- The Week - US

Palestinian press groups blast ban on websites linked to Abbas rivals

The Palestinian Authority blocked 12 websites affiliated with the Hamas movement and with dismissed Fatah leader Mohammed Dahlan, raising questions about the government's respect for press freedoms.

- Al-Monitor - EG

Sen. Feinstein: Protecting College Free Speech from Violent Protests Is Too Much of a Burden

Also, she thinks the Kent State shootings are an argument for censorship.

- Reason.com - US

The Relentless Tide of Morocco's Rif Protests

The Moroccan authorities are unsuccessfully using their influence over religious discourse and the media to try to turn the public against protesters in the Rif. | عربي

- Carnegie Endowment - US

Loan waiver: Cong wants Centre to toe line

Congress party workers on Thursday celebrated the decision of the state government to waive farm loans advanced by cooperative banks.The party workers, led by their district committee president Dr D L Vijaykumar, who gathered at Azad Park circle here, welcomed the decision of the state government with jubilation. "It is one ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

Joe Biden to LGBTQ community: 'Hold Trump accountable' for his promises

During his campaign Donald Trump pledged to fight for the freedoms of the LGBTQ community, but since taking office, he has yet to follow through on his promises. Like many others, former Vice President Joe Biden has taken notice, and at a private LGBTQ gala in New York on Wednesday, Biden encouraged the community to take ...

- Mashable! - US

Vietnam singer Mao Khoi adds a youthful tone to aged politics

The Vietnamese singer and activist Mao Khoi is an outspoken advocate for human rights and freedom of expression in Vietnam. After her performance at the Global Media Forum she spoke with DW about her political activism.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Expect more of the same

Britain needs an imaginative government to crack down on spending, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Sadly, we haven't got that. The post Expect more of the same was first published on MoneyWeek.

- MoneyWeek - UK

BSP warns of protests unless it gets monument from state

The leader of Bulgarian Socialist Party , Korneliya Ninova, urged Prime Minister Boyko Borisov to keep what he had proposed about the Buzludzha monument, otherwise the socialists will protest in front of the government headquarters, a reporter of FOCUS News Agency reported. Ninova met with Regional Development Minister ...

- Novinite - BG

CTD decides to shutdown 30 sites, 10 social media accounts spreading extremism

ISLAMABAD: The crackdown against the websites and social media accounts spreading extremism continued, as in the latest move the Counter-Terrorism Department Sindh has decided to shut down 30 such sites and 10 Facebook accounts, sources informed.The CTD wrote a letter to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority and Federal ...

- Geo.tv - PK

Morocco: Protest Leader Alleges Police Beat Him

Expand Moroccan activist Nasser Zefzafi gives a speech during a demonstration against injustice and corruption in the northern town of al-Hoceima, Morocco, May 18, 2017.  © 2017 Reuters – Police arrested and severely beat the de facto leader of ongoing social protests in Morocco's Rif region, Human Rights Watch and ...

- Human Rights Watch - US

D.C. cops used 'rape as punishment' after Inauguration Day mass arrests, lawsuit says

Wide array of unconstitutional tactics alleged in suit over chilling round-up that hit peaceful protesters, journalists, and anarchists alike.Cameras, gas, and chaos on Inauguration Day in Washington, D.C. CREDIT: AP Photo/Mark TenallyWhen black-clad marchers began smashing windows in Washington, D.C., on Inauguration Day, ...

- ThinkProgress - US

UN agency condemns killing of two journalists working on assignment in Iraq

The killing of two journalists in Iraq drew strong condemnation today from the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom and the safety of journalists.

- UN - INT

Protesters try to interrupt Trump during Iowa rally. Then something amazing happens.

President Donald Trump was speaking in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Wednesday night when protesters tried to interrupt his speech and rally. Fortunately for Trump, his many…

- TheBlaze.com - US

'Not racist' member of 'White Privilege Club' tries to run over Trumpcare protesters with motorcycle

A member of the “White Privilege Club” social media group was arrested for attempting to run over Trumpcare protesters in San Francisco with his motorcycle. The motorcyclist drove at high speed directly at a group of demonstrators staging a “die-in” Wednesday afternoon to pro...

- The Raw Story - US

DC cops used 'molestation and rape as punishment' against activists arrested at Trump inauguration: suit

Journalists and activists have sued Washington, D.C., and three police officers over alleged sexual abuse after they were arrested during protests against the inauguration of President Donald Trump. The plaintiffs , photojournalist Shay Horse, legal observer Judah Ariel and demonstrators Eliza...

- The Raw Story - US

'Cow economics' are killing India's working class

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Indian parliament for the first time in June 2014, his inaugural speech focused on integrating and protecting India's Muslims. Even the third generation of Muslim brothers, whom I have seen since my young days, are continuing with their cycle-repairing job,' he said, referring ...

- The Conversation - UK

Foreigners discriminated against in German renting market, report finds

What's in a name? A person's chance of landing an apartment lease in Germany, that's what. Discrimination of non-German sounding names is common in the rental housing market, according to media reports.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

India farm protests push for rise in edible oils import tax

MUMBAI - India's government is facing mounting pressure to raise import duties on edible oils after farmers staged mass protests in key farm states amid a slump in oilseed prices to below government support levels.

- Reuters - US

Public Records Sought Over Massive Interior Senior Staffing Shake-up

Center for Biological DiversityThe Center for Biological Diversity today filed a Freedom of Information Act

- Common Dreams - US

Kazakhstan: Government Retaliates against Civil Society Groups

Press ReleasesKazakhstan: Government Retaliates against Civil Society GroupsJune 21, 2017Freedom House issued the following statement in response to an Almaty appellate court's decision to uphold a large fine against the International Legal Initiative. 

- Freedom House - US

News24.com | Support for media freedom is more important than ever

South African companies that contribute to media development and freedom deserve accolades for investing in the future of the country's democratic project, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

- News24.com - ZA

Venezuela president fires military brass amid unrest

CARACAS, Venezuela , Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro fired four top military commanders Tuesday, including the head of a police force that is accused of attacking anti-Government protesters during months of deadly unrest.The commander of the National Guard military police, General Antonio Benavides Torres, will move on ...

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Senator Feinstein Defends Suppression of Conservative Speakers On College Campuses

The hearing took place following several recent violent protests on college campuses where opposition to scheduled speeches decided to use physical intimidation and violence to suppress the free speech rights of conservative speakers.

- Mediaite - US

Protesters try to interrupt Trump during Iowa rally. Then something amazing happens.

President Donald Trump was speaking in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Wednesday night when protesters tried to interrupt his speech and rally. Fortunately for Trump, his…

- TheBlaze.com - US

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