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Freedom of Speech

2017

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

10

Sep

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Professors arrested during pro-DACA protest in Boston

Professors from Harvard University and other Boston-area colleges were arrested Thursday while protesting against President Trump’s plan to rescind an Obama-era program shielding young illegal immigrants from deportation. Thirty-one people, including professors from Harvard, Babson, and Boston College, were arrested after forming a human chain and blocking traffic along Massachusetts Avenue, The Harvard Crimson reported. Cambridge Police […]

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Country: United States
Source: The Washington Times

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

12

Jul

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Open NGO Letter to EU Member States and Institutions Regarding the Export of Surveillance Equipment

Open NGO Letter to EU Member States and Institutions Regarding the Export of Surveillance Equipment Following the alarming evidence that EU-made electronic surveillance equipment is still being exported to authoritarian countries around the world, we strongly urge all EU member states and institutions to respect their human rights obligations and call on them to prioritise […]

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Country: Belgium
Source: Bahrain Watch

07

Jul

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Netherlands: Turkish deputy PM not welcome for rally

The Dutch government has said that Turkish politicians are not welcome at a ceremony commemorating last July’s failed coup attempt in Turkey. A similar dispute in March severely tested ties between the two countries. The Netherlands’ foreign ministry said in a statement on Friday that Turkey’s deputy prime minister, Tugrul Turkes, would not be welcome at a […]

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Country: Netherlands
Source: DW English

11

Jun

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German soldier who ‘jokingly’ called for coup facing criminal charges

Bild reported in May that the soldier said during a UN mission seminar on May 12th in Wildflecken, Bavaria that: “I’m fed up that 200,000 soldiers have been placed under general suspicion because of two crazy guys. The Defence Minister has lost all credibility for me – we need to address that or have a […]

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Country: Germany
Source: Local.de , Sputnik

08

Jun

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May: I’ll rip up human rights laws that impede new terror legislation

Theresa May has declared she is prepared to rip up human rights laws to impose new restrictions on terror suspects, as she sought to gain control over the security agendajust 36 hours before the polls open. The prime minister said she was looking at how to make it easier to deport foreign terror suspects and […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: The Guardian

01

Jun

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Man fined by Swiss court for ‘liking’ defamatory comments on Facebook

A Swiss court has fined a man for “liking” defamatory comments on Facebook, in what is believed to be the first case of its kind. According to a statement from the Zurich district court, the 45-year-old defendant accused an animal rights activist, Erwin Kessler, of racism and antisemitism and hit the “like” button under several […]

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Country: Switzerland
Source: The Guardian

15

May

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Ex-RAF guerilla Horst Mahler seeks asylum in Hungary

A prominent former German left-wing militant turned neo-Nazi applied for political asylum in Hungary, where he was arrested, German daily TAZ reported on Monday, citing a spokesperson from the Munich prosecutor’s office. A German court in 2009 sentenced Horst Mahler to 10 years in prison for inciting hatred and Holocaust denial, which is a criminal […]

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Country: Germany
Source: TAZ , DW English

09

May

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Austrian court rules Facebook must delete “hate postings”

Facebook must remove postings deemed as hate speech, an Austrian court has ruled, in a legal victory for campaigners who want to force social media companies to combat online “trolling”. The case – brought by Austria’s Green party over insults to its leader – has international ramifications as the court ruled the postings must be […]

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Country: Austria
Source: Reuters