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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.
In the Media by Justin King - 3 comments

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.
In the Media by Chikako Uchinami

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'.
In the Media by Paul Iddon - 2 comments

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 - 6 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

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.
In the Media by Robert G Cope - 4 comments

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.
In the Media by Eric Morales

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.
In the Media by Milo Noblet - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Steve Hayes - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 14 comments

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?
In the Media by Christopher Wager - 4 comments

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."
In the Media by Steve Hayes - 17 comments

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.
In the Media by Steve Hayes - 14 comments

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.
In the Media by Darren Weir - 1 comment

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?
In the Media by Joseph Power - 4 comments

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.
In the Media by Ken Hanly - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Leigh Goessl - 3 comments

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.
In the Media by Paul Wallis - 7 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 4 comments

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.
In the Media by Arthur Weinreb - 15 comments

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.
In the Media by Anne Sewell
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