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Crackdown on Media

2017

15

Nov

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Detained Dutch reporter ‘badly treated’ in jail in Greece

Dutch journalist Sakir Khader, who was detained on Monday at the Greek-Turkish border, has been released from police custody in Greece. Khader, who was reporting on refugees crossing into Greece via Turkey, was handed a suspended five-month prison sentence on Tuesday for entering a restricting military area near the town of Didymoteicho without permission, Greek police told Al Jazeera. A reporter with […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Al Jazeera

02

Nov

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Lawmakers Warn Tech Executives More Regulation May Be Coming for Social Media

Lawmakers on Wednesday warned at a hearing featuring executives from three technology giants that they are considering stricter regulations on social-media platforms, expressing deep concern about the tech companies’ failures at preventing foreign actors from using such platforms to amplify political tensions during the 2016 election and beyond. Officials from Facebook Inc., Alphabet Inc.’s Google […]

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Country: United States
Source: The Wall Street Journal

27

Oct

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Twitter bans ads from Russia Today and Sputnik

Twitter says that it will ban ads from two Russian media organisations, citing allegations by US intelligence agencies that Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik tried to interfere with the 2016 presidential election in the US. “Twitter has made the policy decision to off-board advertising from all accounts owned by Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik, effective […]

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Country: United States
Source: Al Jazeera

16

Oct

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UK: Internet giants could face a crackdown

Facebook and Google could be forced to uphold the same standards as newspapers and other publications as part of a Government crackdown, it has emerged. Ministers are looking at whether to classify social media giants as publications instead of communication platforms, which would bind them to strict rules and make them responsible for everything they […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: The Telegraph

06

Oct

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US embassy cancels invitation of Sabah columnist over newspaper’s report

Daily Sabah and its sister newspaper Sabah’s columnist Hilal Kaplan said Friday that the U.S. embassy cancelled her invitation to a meeting with the U.S. ambassador to Ankara John Bass over Sabah’s headline about one of its employees’ suspected links to the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ). Kaplan said on her Twitter account that an embassy […]

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Country: United States
Source: Daily Sabah

17

Aug

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Emmanuel Macron files lawsuit against photographer

The French president’s complaint alleges ‘harassment and attempted invasion of privacy.’ French President Emmanuel Macron filed a complaint for “harassment and attempted invasion of privacy” against a photographer who followed him on his holiday in Marseille, the Elysée said in a statement quoted by Le Monde on Tuesday. The legal action was initiated following the alleged trespassing by the man last Sunday […]

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Country: France
Source: POLITICO

13

Jul

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Dutch pass ‘tapping’ law, intelligence agencies may gather data en masse

The Dutch Senate passed a law early on Wednesday giving intelligence agencies broad new surveillance and other powers, including the ability to gather data from large groups of people at once. The Senate’s approval was the last hurdle for the “tapping law,” which was moulded into its current form after years of debate and criticism […]

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Country: Netherlands
Source: Reuters

19

May

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It’s not the Elysée’s job to choose journalists, RSF says

The Elysée Palace sent the media a disturbing signal today by announcing that it wants to choose which journalists accompany President Emmanuel Macron when he travels, both within France and abroad. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned that this measure, announced four days after Macron’s inauguration, could be used as a way of putting pressure […]

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Country: France
Source: RSF ,

01

May

A woman carries a British union flag design umbrella as she walks past the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville

UK MPs criticize social media over response to extremist and violent content

Social media were heavily criticized by a committee of British lawmakers on Monday for failing to do enough to remove illegal and extremist material posted on their sites, and for not preventing it appearing in the first place. Platforms such as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook has been criticized over their moderation policies after high-profile cases […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: Reuters

23

Mar

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In a shameful action, EP President bans Daily Sabah of Turkey from EP

Following a campaign to ban distribution of Daily Sabah copies at the European Parliament (EP), President Antonio Tajani made a scandalous decision on Wednesday to stop presence of the newspaper at the parliament. The hate-campaign was started by Jeroen Lenaers, a Christian Democrat and Dutch member of the European Parliament, who sent a letter to […]

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Country: Belgium
Source: Daily Sabah