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Freedom of Speech

2019

14

Feb

France: At least 8,400 arrested in Yellow Vest protests

French interior minister said that some 8,400 people were arrested since the beginning of Yellow Vest protests three months ago, according to local media on Thursday. French daily Le Figaro quoted Christophe Castaner as saying that around 1,300 police officers, firefighters and gendarmes were injured since the beginning of the protests on Nov. 17 last […]

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Country: France
Source: TRT Haber , AA

13

Feb

Almost 1,800 verdicts issued over yellow vest protests in France

As many as 1,796 verdicts have been issued in France over violence linked to the yellow vest movement since the protests began in mid-November, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said Tuesday. “Since the start of these events, 1,796 verdicts have been issued by the judiciary and 1,422 people are still waiting for court decisions … More than 1,300 […]

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Country: France
Source: Urdu Point , AA

31

Jan

French MPs condemn authoritarian plans to curtail gilets jaunes protests

French politicians have approved controversial measures to ban what the government calls “brute” troublemakers from street demonstrations as gilets jaunes (yellow vests) anti-government protests enter their 12th week. There were tense and heated exchanges in parliament late on Wednesday night, including from rebels within Emmanuel Macron’s own centrist party, as deputies backed giving regional prefects […]

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Country: France
Source: The Guardian

31

Jan

American prisoners coerced or tricked into providing voice-prints for use in eternal, secret, unchecked surveillance

In New York and other states across the country, authorities are acquiring technology to extract and digitize the voices of incarcerated people into unique biometric signatures, known as voice prints. Prison authorities have quietly enrolled hundreds of thousands of incarcerated people’s voice prints into large-scale biometric databases. Computer algorithms then draw on these databases to identify […]

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Country: United States
Source: TRT Haber , The Intercept

11

Jan

Town at the centre of France braces for ‘yellow vest’ invasion

Paris and Bourges, the town at the centre of France, have both been identified as locations for Act 9 of the ‘yellow vest’ protests set to take place this Saturday as another weekend of demonstrations looms in France. It’s nearly the weekend which means another day of protests for the gilets jaunes, with two locations pinpointed […]

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Country: France
Source: AA , The Local

2018

18

Dec

A Texas elementary school speech pathologist refused to sign a pro-Israel Oath so she lost her job

A children speech pathologist who has worked for the last nine years with developmentally disabled, autistic, and speech-impaired elementary school students in Austin, Texas, has been told that she can no longer work with the public school district, after she refused to sign an oath vowing that she “does not” and “will not” engage in a boycott of […]

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Country: United States
Source: AA , The Intercept

18

Dec

French TV channel ‘censors’ photo of Yellow Vest protester’s placard

TV channel France3 has “fixed” a placard held by a Yellow Vest protester, which urged President Emmanuel Macron to resign. The broadcaster explained that the sign was broadcast reading just Macron, due to a “human error.” The unfortunate blunder occurred on Saturday during an evening news program that was covering the ongoing Yellow Vest protests. […]

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Country: France
Source: Euro News , RT

12

Oct

German AfD proposes online portal for students to report teachers who criticize it

A far-right political party in Germany has proposed setting up online portals for students to report teachers who criticize it throughout the country, an idea that some have compared to practices used by the Nazis during World War II, Deutsche Welle reported. While the Alternative For Germany Party (AfD) has announced its plans to launch the […]

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Country: Germany
Source: Newsweek , TRT Haber

08

Oct

Denmark: Nazi-inspired draft law proposes 12 years imprisonment for criticizing NATO

A new draft bill proposed by the Danish Ministry of Justice is considered to try to put an end to the freedom of speech, especially on issues regarding the NATO. According to Danish Arbejderen news portal, the Justice Ministry prepares a law according to which even the sharing of any critical articles or views that […]

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Country: Denmark
Source: In Defence of Communism , Sputnik

15

Aug

Home Office stopped author from speaking at UK festival, says publisher

The publisher of a Palestinian author denied a visa to appear at the Edinburgh book festival this year says the Home Office has effectively stopped her from speaking, despite reversing its decision. Nayrouz Qarmout, who is also a TV journalist, was one of a dozen Middle Eastern and African writers and illustrators who had their applications […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: The Guardian