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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.
In the Media by Karen Graham

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.
In the Media by Justin King - 5 comments

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.
In the Media by Justin King - 8 comments

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.
In the Media by Karen Graham

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.
Digital Journal Report by Craig Boehman - 2 comments

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 the Media by Robert Myles - 7 comments

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.
Digital Journal Report by Leigh Goessl - 10 comments

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.
In the Media by R. C. Camphausen

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.
In the Media by Ryan Donnelly - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 7 comments
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PEN International announces a New Voices Award

One of the world's oldest writers' organizations, established in the United Kingdom in 1921, PEN International has...
May 21, 2013 in  Writers Group by Robert G Cope - 5 comments

Who is next?

The recent revelations regarding the surveillance of journalist and suppression of leaks makes me wonder who is next....
May 20, 2013 by sumdume - 16 comments

Can we kiss freedom of speech goodbye?

seems like people would rather tell you what herbal essences they've used than question: the bomb, the war, the...
Mar 30, 2013 by Joseph Caswell - 6 comments

On Golliwogs and Kung Fu

Jena Mason, a sixty-five year old grandmother, was charged with racially aggravated harassment. This heinous crime...
Oct 29, 2012 by Steve Hayes - 5 comments

2012 Shredding of the "Constitution of the United States" Continues

What happened to the "Constitution of the United States of America?" Is it now considered just a piece of paper with...
May 20, 2012 in  American Politics by Mindy Allan - 4 comments


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