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Freedom of Speech

2018

10

Jan

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Teacher handcuffed after speaking out about pay at Vermillion schools meeting

A Louisiana teacher who spoke out about teacher pay at a school board meeting was handcuffed by a law officer as she screamed on the floor while the officer tried to gain control of her in a brief struggle. In dramatic video posted by KATC-TV, the teacher yells at the officer that he’d just pushed her […]

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Country: United States
Source: CBC News

2017

24

Nov

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Paris police use tear gas to combat new education plan protest

On Wednesday, French police used tear gas to disperse the crowd of lyceum students protesting against new education plans of the French government, a Sputnik correspondent reported. Several hundreds of lyceum students opposing the reform marched through Paris from the Place de la Republique square to the Place de la Bastille square, however after that […]

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Country: France
Source: Sputnik

10

Nov

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Twitter illegally locks Turkish columnist’s account over his warning against a new military coup in Turkey

Turkish columnist Fatih Tezcan said Thursday that his account was locked by Twitter due to his anti-coup tweet. Tezcan wrote in his tweet that if the US attempts to stage a coup again, Turkey will definitely respond harshly to that. Twitter has locked his account because of this tweet and gave the following explanation as […]

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Country: United States
Source: Yekvücut

30

Oct

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Comedian prevented from waving scrambled egg flag

German comedian of Turkish origin was prevented by German authorities from hanging a black flag that carried the recipe of menemen, a Turkish version of scrambled egg with capsicum and tomatoes, written in Arabic script. Aiming to protest German authorities for allowing demonstrations by the PKK, which the EU as a whole considers a terrorist […]

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Country: Germany
Source: Daily Sabah

26

Oct

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Groups slam US states’ crackdown on Israel boycotts

Rights groups and Palestine advocacy organisations have blasted a Maryland executive order that bars state contracts for firms that boycott Israel as part of a “legislative assault” that targets the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. On Monday, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed the executive order, which accuses firms that boycott Israel of posing “undue risks […]

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Country: United States
Source: Al Jazeera

20

Oct

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Rights group accuses Poland of crackdown on protesters

Amnesty International on Thursday alleged police and justice authorities in Poland are suppressing anti-government protesters, a claim flatly rejected by the interior ministry. “The Polish government is cracking down on peaceful protesters in a blatant attempt to dissuade further protests,” AI said in a new report published on Thursday. Titled “Poland: on the streets to […]

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Country: Poland
Source: France 24

17

Oct

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Spain just jailed two Catalan independence leaders on sedition charges

A Spanish judge jailed two leaders of the Catalan independence movement Monday on charges of sedition, the BBC reported, in a move that will likely only worsen a national crisis that has pitted the Spanish government against one of its wealthiest regions. Jordi Sánchez and Jordi Cuixart are now being held without bail for their alleged […]

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Country: Spain
Source: Vice News

29

Sep

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‘Do not interfere with freedom’ UN condemns Spain’s violent crackdown on Catalan voters

Experts from the UN have called on Madrid to ensure measures taken ahead of the Catalan referendum this Sunday “do not interfere with the fundamental rights to freedom of expression, assembly and association, and public participation”. Spain’s Constitutional Court ruled at the beginning of this month the referendum, which could split Spain in two, would […]

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Country: Spain
Source: Express

26

Sep

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Vatican blocks pope heresy site

The Secretariat for Communication of the Holy See has blocked access to a website where it it possible to sign a petition accusing Pope Francis of heresy in his 2016 document Amoris Laetitia – The Joy of Love, sources said Monday. As a result it is not possible to access the page in any language […]

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Country: Holy See (Vatican City State)
Source: ANSA

19

Sep

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Danish politicians of Turkish descent forced to resign ahead of local elections

Two Danish politicians of Turkish descent, known for their active involvement in local politics, were forced to resign ahead of the upcoming local elections on Nov. 21 due to their activities on social media, reports said Thursday. Furesö Municipal Councilor Neslihan Diksan from the Social Democratic Party and Silkeborg Municipal Councilor Mustafa Kellegöz resigned from […]

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Country: Denmark
Source: Daily Sabah