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Freedom of Expression

2018

28

May

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Gov. John Bel Edwards bans state contracts with businesses that support Israel boycott

State government agencies in Louisiana are being barred from contracting with companies that boycott Israel. Gov. John Bel Edwards issued an executive order Tuesday prohibiting such contracts and requiring his administration to put the ban in place quickly. In a statement, the Democratic governor called Israel “America’s closest ally in the Middle East and a beacon of […]

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Country: United States
Source: U.S. News

24

May

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Spanish rapper Valtonyc flees to Europe to avoid going to prison

Josep Miquel Arenas, aka Valtonyc, the Majorcan rapper who was ordered to enter prison no later than today (24 May), is believed to have fled Spain and to be in Belgium. The Catalan television station, TV3, announced that the rapper had gone to Belgium to avoid starting a three and a half year sentence. This […]

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Country: Spain
Source: Majorca Daily Bulletin , Star

19

Apr

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US academic investigated for calling Barbara Bush ‘racist’

California state university is investigating comments made on Twitter by an English professor who called former first lady Barbara Bush an “amazing racist” shortly after her death Tuesday at age 92. “Barbara Bush was a generous and smart and amazing racist who, along with her husband, raised a war criminal,” Randa Jarrar wrote on Twitter. […]

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Country: United States
Source: Akşam , The Standard

03

Apr

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German prosecutor seeks extradition for ex-Catalan leader Puigdemont

German prosecutors decided on Tuesday to apply to a regional court for the extradition of former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont who faces charges of rebellion in Spain over the region’s campaign for independence. Puigdemont has been held in a detention center in the northern German town of Neumuenster for just over a week after he […]

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Country: Germany
Source: Business Insider

06

Mar

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US: Muslim leaders arrested while supporting Dreamers

Prominent Muslim-American faith leaders on Monday were arrested at the U.S. Capitol while urging Congress to stand against President Donald Trump’s effort to end a program that protects certain young immigrants. Led by prominent Muslim leaders and activists such as Imam Omar Suleiman, Imam Dawud Walid, Imam Mujahid Fletcher, Imam Talib Shareef, Nihad Awad of […]

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Country: United States
Source: The Muslim News

28

Feb

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Amnesty International accuses Spain of restricting freedom of speech

In its annual report on the state of human rights in countries across the world, Amnesty International has criticized Spain for making excessive terrorism allegations against people expressing a difference of opinion on social media. “Authorities pressed criminal charges against people who had expressed opinions that did not constitute incitement to a terrorism-related offence and fell within […]

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Country: Spain
Source: El Pais

22

Feb

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Spanish Supreme Court orders arrest of former Catalan MP Anna Gabriel

Spain’s Supreme Court ordered the arrest of former Catalan member of parliament Anna Gabriel after she failed to appear in court on Wednesday to answer charges related to the region’s independence campaign. Gabriel, who had moved from Spain to Switzerland at an unknown date, was called to appear in the Supreme Court in Madrid on […]

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Country: Spain
Source: Reuters

22

Feb

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Rapper Valtonyc’s prison sentence for offensive lyrics upheld by Spanish Supreme Court

Spain’s Supreme Court has upheld the three-and-a half year sentence for Jose Miguel Arenas Beltran, a rapper known as Valtonyc, who a court in Madrid had previously sentenced for “inciting terrorism” and insulting the Spanish King and other members of the royal family in songs posted on YouTube. The Supreme Court ratified the sentence on Tuesday (Feb. […]

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Country: Spain
Source: Billboard

21

Feb

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UK: Labour expels Jewish anti-Zionist Tony Greenstein

he Labour Party on Sunday expelled prominent Jewish anti-Zionist Tony Greenstein, citing his allegedly abusive language and his criticism of leading pro-Israel figures in the UK’s main opposition party. A disciplinary panel expelled Greenstein for what it claimed was online abuse. But Greenstein disputes this and says the real reason was that he has spoken out against the […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: The Electronic Intifada

14

Feb

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Lawmakers are trying to cancel Lorde’s upcoming Florida shows because of her stance on Israel

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Lorde is scheduled to perform in Tampa and Miami this April, but one Republican lawmaker says her shows should be canceled due to her involvement in the BDS movement. BDS stands for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the Israel government for its treatment of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. The 21-year-old’s […]

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Country: United States
Source: Florida Politics