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Pew study gives dark prediction for future of web

Internet freedom is greatly threatened, mainly from government and corporate interests say internet experts in a Pew Research survey conducted as part of its Internet Project.

LinkedIn: Free speech or yuan?

Mountain View - LinkedIn users concerns about freedom of speech are being complicated by reports of communist party ties, mainstream media says.

Turkey may leave World Wide Web says Communication Minister

Turkey's Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communication Lüfti Elvan says Turkey may establish a national 'ttt' protocol instead of the regularly used 'www'.

Russia puts the squeeze on independent media, freedom of speech

A very real fear of censorship has now taken hold in Russia after the federal media watchdog ordered the closing of several major opposition-leaning news sites, as well as the internet sites of prominent Kremlin foes Alexei Navalny and Garry Kasparov.

Op-Ed: NSA chief seeks to end free press

Outgoing National Security Agency boss, Keith Alexander, advocated making it a crime to report on government leaks this week, and said that legislation to accomplish this was coming in weeks.

Michigan representative seeks to make picketing illegal

Lansing - The proposed law grants businesses the ability to gain an injunction against anyone picketing their premises and imposes massive fines on protesters.

FCC newsroom survey suspended

The Federal Communications Commission has backed down in its attempt at surveying radio and television stations over their newsroom's editorial practices. Called the Critical Information Needs (CIN) study, a pilot test was to have started this spring.

Chalker protests to continue in Jeff Olson's honor Special

San Diego - Jeff Olson was acquitted on Monday of vandalism charges for writing anti-bank slogans on sidewalks with water-salable chalk. Bank of America had pressed charges relating to Olson's personal protest outside of three BoA locations.

Author investigated for calling Portuguese President ‘a clown'

Lisbon - Portugal's Attorney General has opened an investigation after celebrated author, Miguel Sousa Tavares, called Portugal’s head of state, President Silva, a clown in an interview. The author’s remarks could see him facing a three year jail term.

In photos ─ Observing the First Amendment in Washington, D.C. Special

Washington - At a time where many feel some freedoms are being eroded in American society, First Amendment rights are still valued. This is evident in Washington, D.C., as at any given time, numerous people can be observed expressing themselves on a variety of issues.

Kuwait media law proposes jail and fines of up to $1 million

Kuwait - The cabinet of Kuwait has approved a new media law that severely restricts freedom of the press and free speech; including bloggers and people using FaceBook, Twitter or other social media.

Egypt's 'Jon Stewart' tests the nation's freedom of speech

The case against Bassem Youssef, a political satirist from Egypt known as the country's Jon Stewart, has been thrown out by an administrative court.

Mocking Sarkozy not a crime, says European Court of Human Rights

Strasbourg - In a judgement issued yesterday the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has over-ruled an earlier decision of a French court which resulted in a man who had mocked former French President Nicolas Sarkozy being given a suspended fine of €30.

Cambodian court is expected to free rights activist

Phnom Penh - What has been regarded largely as a political trial in Cambodia against a radio-journalist, Mam Sonando, appears -- after a week of testimony -- to be an almost total win for the defendant.

New Jersey activist sued for comments at public hearing

Glassboro - The New Jersey Supreme Court is expected to hear the case of a New Jersey man, sued for defamation following remarks made at a public hearing.

UK Defamation Bill poses threat to freedom of speech

A new law to tackle people who publish offensive messages online would have a ‘chilling effect’ on free speech, the Joint Committee on Human Rights has warned the British Government.

Reporters sans Frontières launch censored content website

Under the banner ‘We fight censorship’ journalists’ campaigning organisation Reporters sans Frontières last week launched a website which will carry content that has been censored, banned or which has given rise to reprisals against its author.

Poland's supreme court rules against rock musician

Warsaw - Adam Darski, lead singer of Behemoth, is facing up to two years in prison for tearing up a Bible on stage. Poland's supreme court has ruled that the singer offended religious feelings.

Free Speech in UK: Rowan Atkinson and the right to insult people

British actor and comedian, Rowan Atkinson has given his full support to a newly launched campaign aimed at reforming the UK’s controversial insults law. The campaign relates to Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986.

Op-Ed: Islamic radicals holding First Amendment hostage

The First Amendment, an instrument of truth and justice. Or has The First Amendment become an instrument for lies and propaganda?

Op-Ed: UN chief limits freedom of expression to 'common purpose'

New York - In an extraordinary announcement, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon told a press conference on Wednesday that freedom of speech is limited to "common justice, common purpose."

Op-Ed: 'Be braver' says Salman Rushdie

Paris - Today, "Charlie Hebdo" published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. Its website is unavailable and riot police have been deployed. Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right and it is under attack.

NFL players fight for free-speech in support of same-sex marriage

Baltimore - Teammates, the head of the NFL Players Association, fellow players and fans are all coming to the defence of Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo for his right to support same-sex marriage.

Op-Ed: Free speech and the recent 'Aborignal memes' debacle

Brisbane - Given the very recent 'Aboriginal memes' controversy, should free speech be subject to censorship, if the subjects of humour happen find the matter offensive?

Vietnam: Mother sets self on fire to protest daughter's arrest

Hanoi - On July 30 Dang Thi Kim Lieng set herself on fire outside the Bac Lieu People's Committee building. She was protesting the trial of her daughter Ta Phong Tan for propaganda against the Vietnamese state. She died before she arrived at the hospital.

Facebook, ACLU appeal court, argue 'Like' button is free speech

This week both Facebook and the ACLU have filed a brief in an Eastern Virginia Court asserting the "Like" Button is covered as free speech under the First Amendment.

Op-Ed: No First Amendment for Tweets and no justice for online opinions?

Sydney - A young lady passed out at a party, was sexually molested, and her attackers posted a video of the attack online. She didn’t like the “slap on the wrist” for her attackers, and said so on Twitter. She might go to jail for that.

Videos promoting ‘terrorism’ removed from YouTube

Over 600 videos which allegedly display or discuss acts of terrorism have been removed from YouTube. The request came from the UK police service. However, Google refused other requests for 'censorship' from governments across the world.

North Carolina teacher: Saying bad things about Obama is a crime

Spencer - According to the teacher, anyone saying nasty things about the president can end up charged with a crime, just like the people who spoke ill of George W. Bush did. Mitt Romney on the other hand, is fair game.

Free press worried about U.S. 'plugging up' of WikiLeaks

U.S. journalists are getting worried by Washington's relentless pursuit of Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder and treatment of whistle-blower Bradley Manning. They are concerned that they too could end up in custody for speaking the truth.
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