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Freedom of Speech

2018

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

07

Aug

Ohio judge orders man’s mouth taped shut during sentencing

A Cuyahoga County judge ordered a convicted robber’s mouth taped shut during his sentencing on Tuesday. Judge John Russo imposed the gag order because Franklyn Williams engaged in multiple outbursts in the courtroom, according to a docket entry. Russo eventually sentenced the 32-year-old Williams to 24 years in prison. Video shot by WJW Channel 8 shows Williams surrounded […]

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Country: United States
Source: Cleveland OH Local News , Star

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

03

Jul

Upon Israel’s request, Twitter closes Hamas, Hezbollah accounts

Twitter has closed a number of accounts belonging to Hamas and Hezbollah officials, the Israeli Ministry of Public Security and Strategic Affairs said yesterday. According to Haaretz the move comes two weeks after Israeli Minister of Public Security and Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan sent a letter to Twitter’s CEO and executive chairman claiming the social media giant was “largely […]

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Source: Middle East Monitor , TRT Haber

02

Apr

U.S. visa applicants to be asked for social media history: State Department

In a broad expansion of the information gathered from applicants for U.S. visas, the federal government is proposing to collect social media identities from nearly everyone who seeks entry into the United States, according to a State Department filing on Friday. The proposal, if approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), would require […]

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Country: United States
Source: Reuters

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

22

Feb

Macron sends 500 gendarmes to remove 20 eco-protesters

Five hundred gendarmes were deployed today at dawn in eastern France to dislodge about 20 protesters from woods destined to become an underground storage site for highly radioactive nuclear waste. President Macron’s government had ordered the site at Bure to be cleared amid concerns that it could become a magnet for ecologists and anarchists. Gérard Collomb, […]

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Country: France
Source: The Times

22

Feb

Anti-Brexit bus ‘banned’ from parking in Oxford

A council has been criticised for “banning” an anti-Brexit bus from stopping in a street in Oxford. The “Brexit Facts Bus” started a tour of the UK earlier but has been told it cannot park in Broad Street when it comes to the city on Monday. John Tanner, secretary of the Oxford European Association, called […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: BBC

13

Feb

Woman thrown out of West Virginia town hall meeting for listing politician’s oil and gas donors

A woman has been thrown out of a government town hall in West Virginia for reading out the state’s political donations from oil and gas corporations. Lissa Lucas, a local resident and a Democratic candidate in this year’s primaries, had prepared a testimony on a bill that would allow gas companies to drill on minority […]

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Country: United States
Source: The Independent

10

Jan

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