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Freedom of the Press

2017

12

Sep

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German Federal Police Illegally Collect Data to Blacklist Journalists and Activists

Germany’s Federal Criminal Police (BKA) are illegally storing masses of data regarding supposed “politically motivated crimes.” As broadcaster ARD reported, data on more than 100,000 people accused of such offenses is being held in a database called “Internal Security,” even though in the vast majority of cases, there has never been a charge, let alone […]

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Country: Germany
Source: Global Research

12

Sep

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Germany shuts down left-wing news website

The German Interior Minister, Thomas de Maiziere, has announced that the left-wing website, Linksunten, a part of the larger Indymedia family, has been closed down. Interestingly, with this case, Maiziere tried to justify the takedown by claiming that Linksunten, which is popular with Antifa (a militant anti-fascist network), isn’t a news website, but instead an […]

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Country: Germany
Source: Neowin

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

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

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

26

Apr

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World Press Freedom Index 2017 finds democracies are clamping down

Press freedom deteriorated in two thirds of the world’s countries, according to the Press Freedom Report published on Wednesday by Reporters Without Borders (RSF.) “The rate at which democracies are approaching the tipping point is alarming for all those who understand that, if media freedom is not secure, then none of the other freedoms can […]

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Country: Germany
Source: , RSF

28

Mar

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UK interior minister calls for end to WhatsApp ‘hiding place’ for terror suspects

Amber Rudd, the UK Home Secretary, has accused internet-based communications company WhatsApp- which is owned by Facebook- of giving terror suspects a “place to hide”. Rudd’s promise to “call time” on such operations comes after it was discovered the Westminster attacker’s final message was inaccessible due to WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption system. The Home Secretary says […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: Euronews