Monthly Archives: November 2020

Jamii Forums founder convicted on charges of obstruction

This statement was originally published on cpj.org on 19 November 2020. The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern about the conviction of Maxence Melo, founder of the Tanzanian online discussion platform Jamii Forums, on charges of obstruction. On November 17, the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court acquitted Melo on charges of operating a website that

Ecuadorian journalist Juán Sarmiento sentenced to prison for ‘discrediting’ local official

This statement was originally published on cpj.org on 20 November 2020. Ecuadorian authorities should not contest journalist Juan Sarmiento’s appeal of a recent criminal conviction for critical comments about a local politician, and the country should remove speech laws from its penal code, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On November 12, the Justice

Introducing Cover your Tracks! EFF’s online privacy tool

This statement was originally published on eff.org on 19 November 2020. Today, we’re pleased to announce Cover Your Tracks, the newest edition and rebranding of our historic browser fingerprinting and tracker awareness tool Panopticlick. Cover Your Tracks picks up where Panopticlick left off. Panopticlick was about letting users know that browser fingerprinting was possible; Cover

Australia urged to follow up Afghan report on war crimes with prosecutions

This statement was originally published on hrw.org on 18 November 2020. The findings of the four-year inquiry into alleged war crimes by Australian forces in Afghanistan highlight the need for prompt, independent criminal investigations leading to appropriate prosecutions, Human Rights Watch said today. The Australian government should provide adequate and swift compensation to the Afghan victims of abuses

Solomon Islands bans Facebook for ‘harmful content’

This statement was originally published on advox.globalvoices.org on 21 November 2020. It is republished here under Creative Commons license CC-BY 3.0. The Cabinet of Solomon Islands has issued a temporary ban on Facebook for what it considers ‘harmful content’ disseminated on the social media platform. It is unclear when the ban will begin and how long

Combating ideological exclusion with Julia Rose Kraut

This statement was originally published on pen.org on 10 November 2020. Lawyer and historian Julia Rose Kraut has long been examining America’s history of ideological exclusion and instituting laws and practices that bar or deport visitors or immigrants based on their beliefs or their expression. Her new book, Threat of Dissent, tells this dark parallel

Thailand government asked to protect the right to protest

This statement was originally published on article19.org on 18 November 2020. Thai authorities used excessive force against pro-democracy protesters and failed to prevent violence by counter-protesters yesterday, leading to dozens of injuries, said ARTICLE 19. The Thai government must take immediate steps to facilitate the enjoyment of the right to protest in line with international

IFJ calls on Indian government to end impunity for crimes against journalists

This statement was originally published on ifj.org on 17 November 2020. As part of its 2020 campaign to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has sent on 17 November a letter to Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, calling on the Indian government to take swift action to improve the

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