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Spanish Police Arrest Catalan Officials Over Secession Vote.

Spanish police arrested at least 12 people Wednesday in raids on Catalan government offices, news reports said, as national authorities intensified a crackdown on the region's preparations for a secession vote that Spain says is illegal. It was the first time Spanish authorities have detained Catalan officials since the ...

- Voice of America - US

Ello ello then! UK's second largest police force still running XP.

The Greater Manchester Police still has over 20% of its computers running Windows XP. The revelation came as the result of a Freedom of Information request and highlights a worrying problem.

- Neowin.net - US

European leaders ask social media companies to censor extremist speech.

British Prime Minister Theresa May wants to push social media companies to join the fight against extremist speech. Following a series of terror attacks, Ms. May is proposing rapid removal of extremist content to reduce the spread of the information.

- Christian Science Monitor - US

Trump to Ease Gun-Export Rules, Cops Kill Man Over a Stick, Dems Move to Censor Social Media: A.M. Links.

President Trump will reportedly ease restrictions on exporting American guns. Police in Oklahoma have fatally shot a man for holding a stick. Another former Fox News commentator, Scottie Nell Hughes, is suing the company over allegations of sexual harassment and sex-based discrimination. Another cop was caught in his ...

- Reason.com - US

CETA trade deal puts EU food and agriculture standards at risk.

Do you remember TTIP, the proposed trade deal between the US and the EU? Its negotiations were stopped by the hundreds of thousands of people who took to the streets in the capitals of Europe. 3.3 million signatures were collected against it. Greenpeace played a key role in the resistance against TTIP, by publishing the ...

- Greenpeace - INT

World Reacts to Trump's UN Address.

President Trump's extraordinary speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday has met with strong reactions from other countries—especially the ones he singled out for criticism. Cuba's Foreign Ministry says the country's UN delegation has "voiced a strong protest" against Trump's "disrespectful, unacceptable, ...

- Newser - US

Journalists stated protest in Turkey.

Journalists stated protest in Turkey...

- MENAFN - JO

Manchester Police Still Rely on Windows XP.

The emblematic version of Windows XP has long gone into the afterlife, but not for the second largest police station in the UK, the Manchester police, the BBC reported. In Manchester, more than 20% of computers rely on an operating system whose support by Microsoft was terminated three years ago. The information was ...

- Novinite - BG

House OKs SOGIE Equality Bill on final reading.

The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a measure that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.

- GMA News - PH

Dera violence: Police release photos of Panchkula violence.

Haryana Police has released a set of ten photographs showing those who engaged in violence following the conviction of the Dera Sacha Sauda chief last month and Police today said that anyone who provides information about those engaging in violence will be suitably rewarded and their identities will be kept a secret.The ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

Kashmir: Anganwari workers attempt self-immolation, arrested.

Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir Police on Wednesday arrested scores of Anganwari workers after at least two of them attempted self-immolation during a protest, demanding increase in their wages, in this summer capital. Reports said two women, who were among the Anganwari workers protesting at Press Enclave in Srinaga, poured ...

- Kashmir Life - IN

Miffed with anti-Pakistan protests in Geneva, Islamabad accuses Switzerland of supporting terrorism

Sept 20 : In a Bizarre Development here at the 72nd Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council , the Pakistan Government has accused the Swiss Government of supporting terrorism.This move by Pakistan comes in the wake of the Baloch, Sindhi and other oppressed minorities of Pakistan highlighting their plight through ...

- Sify - IN

China's 'most beautiful' library ordered to shut over claims it provided pirated material and obscene content

A library once selected as China’s most beautiful has been shut down by the authorities for allegedly providing pirated books and erotic content, local media has reported. Readers have complained recently online that the collection in Liyuan Bookhouse in suburban Beijing largely consisted of pirated books, which ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Chinese authorities seek to get tough on online dating scams with fresh move to target fake identities

The Chinese authorities have announced a crackdown on the use of fake identities to sign up for online dating sites amid concerns about widespread marriage scams targeting China’s 200 million singles. According to a set of new guidelines published by the government on Monday, dating sites will be required to take ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Lebanon: Refugees in Border Zone at Risk

Expand A general view shows Syrian refugee camps dotted in and around the Lebanese town of Arsal, near the border with Syria, Lebanon, September 21, 2016. © 2016 Reuters – Many refugees in Arsal, a border town in northeast Lebanon recently cleared of armed groups, face pressure to return to Syria, Human Rights Watch said ...

- Human Rights Watch - US

Brickbat: Constitutional Scholar

"There is a fine line between freedom of speech and hate speech," said Lori Stettler, vice chancellor of student affairs at Southern Illinois University. "Once that line is crossed, there is zero tolerance." Stettler tells the student newspaper that any student taking part in a hateful demonstration will face disciplinary ...

- Reason.com - US

World Reacts to Trump's UN Address

President Trump's extraordinary speech to the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday has met with strong reactions from other countries—especially the ones he singled out for criticism. Cuba's Foreign Ministry says the country's UN delegation has "voiced a strong protest" against Trump's "disrespectful, unacceptable, and ...

- Newser - US

Afghanistan Again? When Will They Ever Learn?

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Last year, an internal report commissioned by the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the agency that oversees Voice of America and other U.S. government-supported foreign news outlets, examined the “perception of U.S. international media in Afghanistan.” This study, obtained by ...

- Antiwar.com - US

Indonesia protests underline threat to free speech

Debates on country's violent history disrupted by 'anti-Communist' demonstrators

- Financial Times - US

Pelosi Press Conference Crashed by Illegal Alien Mob

At a press conference Monday by left-wing Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, a group of protesters overtook the room in order to warn the House Minority Leader against forsaking those who are in the country illegally and their stated claim to unencumbered amnesty.

- TruthRevolt.org - US

3 members of Congress arrested outside Trump Tower

Democratic Reps. Raul Grijalva , Luis Gutierrez , and Adriano Espaillat were arrested Tuesday on disorderly conduct charges during a protest outside Trump Tower in Manhattan. The three members of Congress were part of a small group of demonstrators calling for a law to help undocumented immigrants who were brought to the ...

- The Week - US

After Protests, St. Louis Mayor Says Address Racism

The legacies of racism, not only the violent protests that gripped St. Louis after a white former police officer was acquitted of murdering a black man, must be addressed, the city's mayor said on Tuesday. Mayor Lyda Krewson said she had listened and read the reaction of residents since the controversial verdict on Friday ...

- Voice of America - US

ZAMAN HEARINGS: Ali Bulaç: My Greatest Wish is Release of the Journalists

Which crime I am committing with which article of mine? I am exercising my freedom of expression. Intriguer, disorder and warmongering are my red line", said former Zaman daily columnist Ali Bulaç.

- Bianet - TR

Şahin Alpay: I Exercised My Freedom of Expression

Arrested defendant former Zaman daily columnist Şahin Alpay said, I am innocent. I just exercised my freedom of expression secured by the Constitution and the European Court of Human Rights'.

- Bianet - TR

Russian Activist in Court on 'Gay Propaganda' Charge

Expand Interior Ministry officers guard the LGBT community rally "VIII St.Petersburg Pride" in St. Petersburg, Russia August 12, 2017. © 2017 Reuters A Russian court will soon decide whether posts that Evdokia Romanova, a Russian activist, made on social media back in 2015 amount to gay propaganda' – a charge that could ...

- Human Rights Watch - US

Anti-LGBTQ hate group Alliance Defending Freedom attacks Michigan elementary school for trans-inclusive policy

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters International anti-LGBTQ hate group Alliance Defending Freedom is once again trying to stop a local school district’s attempts to create an inclusive environment for transgender students. ADF sent a letter that mentioned possible litigation against the Grass Lake Community Schools ...

- Media Matters for America - US

Freedom of expression: Official responsible for press law alarm identified

Govt working on legislation for access to information and safety of journalists, says minister The post Freedom of expression: Official responsible for press law alarm identified appeared first on The Express Tribune.

- The Express Tribune - PK

Trump slams Venezuela at UN; Maduro calls him 'Hitler'

President Donald Trump urged world leaders Tuesday to help restore "democracy and political freedoms" in Venezuela, singling out the South American country for some of his most blistering criticism in a speech to the United Nations.

- FOX News - US

3 members of Congress arrested outside Trump Tower

Democratic Reps. Raul Grijalva of Arizona, Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, and Adriano Espaillat of New York were arrested Tuesday on disorderly conduct charges during a protest outside Trump Tower in Manhattan. The three members of Congress were part of a small group of demonstrators calling for legislation to be passed ...

- The Week - US

International artists explore fragmented Middle East in Istanbul

The 2017 Istanbul Biennial asks what makes a good neighbor in a world plagued by war, repression and division.

- Al-Monitor - EG

Censorship, social media and Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia orders Snapchat to block Al Jazeera in latest move after Riyadh-led bloc imposed blockade on Qatar in June.

- Al Jazeera - QA

Trump slams Venezuela at U.N.; Maduro calls him 'Hitler'

President Donald Trump urged world leaders Tuesday to help restore "democracy and political freedoms" in Venezuela, singling out the South American country for some of his most blistering criticism in a speech to the United Nations. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro hit back by calling the U.S....

- Baltimoresun.com - US

Protesting Pipelines Is Becoming A Growing 'Industry'

Protesting pipelines is becoming a growing 'industry' fueled by scare tactics and social media.

- Rigzone.com - US

Watch: Radical anti-Zionist Jews protest near UNGA

Arutz Sheva meet representatives of extreme, minor fringe Neturei Karta sect outside UN General Assembly prior to Netanyahu's speech.

- Arutz Sheva - IL

Vranje-based weekly closes, founder starts hunger strike

The founder of the Vranjske weekly, that was closed on Monday, and former NUNS President Vukasin Obradovic has begun a hunger strike. Beta is reporting on Tuesday that he has done this "to draw attention to the pointlessness of the fight for media freedom."

- B92 - SK

Detained arms supplier gives important tips on Russia involvement in Donbas war – journalist

Testimony by one of the high-ranking mercenaries who was detained by Ukraine’s counterintelligence operatives June 28, 2017, will be a useful tool aimed at proving Russia’s war crimes in Donbas at the European Court of Human Rights, a journalist and editor-in-chief at Censor.net Yuri Butusov wrote on Facebook.

- UNIAN - UA

To avoid honoring FOIA requests, some governments are suing requesters

Freedom of information requests for public records are getting harder to complete, especially now that some governments are suing requesters.

- Boing Boing - US

Study shows mainstream press condemns Nazis and anti-racist activists at comparable rates

FAIR surveyed the discussion of Nazi protesters in the month since the Charlottesville demonstration in America's six top broadsheet newspapers and found "virtually equal amounts of condemnation of fascists and anti-fascist protesters."

- Boing Boing - US

Reporters are getting less access to the Pentagon

The Trump administration's Department of Defense has become increasingly inaccessible to journalists, Politico reports, citing interviews with unnamed "numerous reporters who cover the beat." As one such source summarized, "This is the worst relationship I've seen" between the Pentagon and the media in recent years, even ...

- The Week - US

Three people arrested after violence broke out during a vigil for a Georgia Tech student shot by police

AP Photo/Kevin D. LilesThree people were arrested during a protest that followed a vigil for a Georgia Tech student who was fatally shot by campus police, a university spokesman said. Police shot and killed Scout Schultz late Saturday night after the 21-year-old student called 911 to report an armed and possibly intoxicated ...

- Business Insider - US

As Rohingya Muslims flee Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi says: 'We want to find out why this exodus is happening'

MUMBAI, India — Under mounting pressure to address Myanmar's bloody military crackdown against Rohingya Muslims, Aung San Suu Kyi said Tuesday that her government was “working to restore the situation to normalcy” but declined to accept responsibility for what a top United Nations ...

- The Raw Story - US

Survey warns of campus free speech 'peril'

Student Republicans support the use of violence to disrupt a controversial speaker on campus in roughly the same proportion as student Democrats, according to a survey that warns freedom of expression is deeply imperiled' on U.S. campuses. In the Brookings study, which collected views from 1,500 st...

- The Raw Story - US

3 Arrested After Vigil For Georgia Tech Student Shot By Police Turns Violent

ATLANTA — Three people were arrested Monday night during a protest after a vigil for a Georgia Tech student who was fatally shot by campus police, a university spokesman said. Police shot and killed Scout Schultz late Saturday night after the 21-year-old student called 911 to report an armed and possibly intoxicated ...

- TPM News - US

The Case Against the Higher Prices of Heating and Hot Water Begins

On Tuesday, the lawsuit against the decision of the Energy and Water Regulatory Commission was initiated, which increased the price of heat, reports Mediapool.  At the end of April, it became known that the Prosecutor's Office filed a case before the Metropolitan Administrative Court. With the decision, the regulator has ...

- Novinite - BG

Individual Users Targeted by New Internet Rules

In a post for China Media Project, David Bandurski looks at how new internet regulations are shifting the onus of censorship from the media or internet platforms to the individual

- China Digital Times - CN

Chelsea Clinton rips Alabama candidate who used racial slur

Chelsea Clinton is not one to spare words when it comes to fighting bigotry and discrimination. SEE ALSO: Here's what happened to all the 1-star reviews of Hillary Clinton's new book In her latest tweet, Clinton took aim at Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who used racial slurs to refer to Native Americans ...

- Mashable! - US

Fox News guest Scottie Nell Hughes says Fox Business host raped her, then Fox News blacklisted her

On Monday, conservative political commentator Scottie Nell Hughes sued Fox News, 21st Century Fox, Fox Business Network host Charles Payne, and two Fox News executives for a host of allegations tied to rape, gender discrimination, and retaliation. In the lawsuit, Hughes said that Payne "pressured" his way into her hotel ...

- The Week - US

Aung San Suu Kyi addresses nation on Rohingya violence in Myanmar

World leaders have said this speech is Aung San Suu Kyi's last chance to avoid international action against Myanmar. A crackdown on the country's Muslim minority has led to a mass exodus into Bangladesh.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Has Azerbaijan Turned A Corner?

It is conceivable, although judging by past practice unlikely, that the arrest on August 24 of Mehman Aliyev, longtime head of Azerbaijan's last remaining independent news agency, Turan, may come to be seen as a turning point in that country's track record of suppression of dissent and media freedom.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Journalists’ Forum Assam Concerned about Cambodian Crackdown

Guwahati: Journalists’ Forum Assam in northeast India expresses concern over the ongoing crackdown on newspaper & radios in Cambodia with an aim to silence the media ahead of next year’s general election. The recent shut down of an independent ...

- Scoop NZ - NZ

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