Monthly Archives: April 2021

Turkey: Writer Ahmet Altan released after Supreme Court overturns his conviction

This statement was originally published on expressioninterrupted.com on 14 April 2021. The court also overturned the conviction of Nazlı Ilıcak, who was sentenced to 8 years and 9 months in prison for “aiding a terrorist organization” at the retrial Novelist and journalist Ahmet Altan was released from the Silivri Prison on 14 April 2021 based

Crimea: Press groups call for immediate release of tortured journalist Vladislav Yesypenko

This statement was originally published on europeanjournalists.org on 14 April 2021. Freelance journalist Vladislav Yesypenko has told a court he was tortured and forced to confess after he was arrested in March by Federal Security Service (FSB) officers in Crimea on fabricated charges. The European and International Federations of Journalists (EFJ-IFJ) call for his immediate release and the

Brazilian journalist Diego Santos receives envelope with threat and bullets

This statement was originally published on cpj.org on 8 April 2021. Brazilian authorities should promptly and thoroughly investigate the threat made to journalist Diego Santos and ensure his safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On the morning of April 1, Santos checked the mailbox outside his home in the city of Boa Vista,

Victory for fair use: The Supreme Court reverses the Federal Circuit in Oracle v. Google

This statement was originally published on eff.org on 5 April 2021. In a win for innovation, the U.S. Supreme Court has held that Google’s use of certain Java Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) is a lawful fair use. In doing so, the Court reversed the previous rulings by the Federal Circuit and recognized that copyright only promotes innovation

ECtHR: Ahmet Altan’s detention violated his right to liberty, freedom of expression

This statement was originally published on expressioninterrupted.com on 13 April 2021. Noting that there was no indication that Altan’s actions had been part of a deliberate plan to overthrow the government, the European Court rules Altan has been unlawfully detained and accused without reasonable suspicion of involvement in an illegal organization and the attempted coup

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