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Freedom of Expression

2018

05

Oct

Brett Kavanaugh: Hundreds arrested in Supreme Court protest

Hundreds of protesters against US President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have been arrested in Washington, DC. Comedian Amy Schumer and model Emily Ratajkowski were among 302 women held for demonstrating against the nominee. Thousands of mainly female demonstrators marched through the nation’s capital on Thursday, starting at the appeals court where Judge […]

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Country: United States
Source: BBC , BBC Türkçe

05

Sep

Policeman sent to psychologist after backing anti-corruption campaign

Police chiefs in Romania told one of its cops to see a psychologist after he backed a campaign to stop criminals serving in public office. Radu Dutu wore an armband under his police uniform to show support for #FaraPenali, a petition that has gathered more than a million signatures to change Romania’s constitution to stop […]

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Country: Romania
Source: Euronews

18

Jul

UK anti-terror legislation a threat to free speech and privacy – HoC Committee

The British Parliament’s cross-party select committee on human rights has publicized serious concerns over the scope and wording of anti-terrorism and border control legislation currently under consideration. Among the most problematic aspects of the legislation highlighted in the Committee’s report are the criminalization of an opinion expressed in support of a proscribed terrorist organization or that might encourage support for such an organization. Viewing online material supportive […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: Sputnik

27

Jun

Clergy arrested while protesting Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ visit to LA

Arrests were made as hundreds of protesters gathered in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday ahead of a planned visit by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Twenty-five people were taken into custody after the peaceful organized protest was declared an unlawful assembly by Los Angeles police. Clergy were seen among those being arrested. Crowds holding signs were given […]

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Country: United States
Source: ABC

28

May

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

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

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

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

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

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