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Turkey: Hundreds of arrests and LGBTQI+ students targeted in crackdown on Boğaziçi University protests

This statement was originally published on hrw.org on 18 February 2021. Turkish authorities have placed hundreds of student protesters under possible criminal investigation, Human Rights Watch said today. The students were arrested during weeks of protests against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s appointment of an academic closely aligned with the government as rector of one of Turkey’s

Belarus: Two journalists handed two-year prison sentences simply for doing their jobs

This statement was originally published on europeanjournalists.org on 18 February 2021. Catarina Andreeva and Darja Chulcova, two journalists for Belsat, the Polish satellite television station aimed at Belarus, have each been sentenced on 18 February to two years in prison for reporting live from an anti-government rally in Minsk in November. The European and International Federations of Journalists

Military Police beat-up journalists covering NUP’s Kyagulanyi while delivering Petition to UNOHCR over Human Rights Violations

Kampala 18th February 2021; About 10 journalists are nursing injuries after they were assaulted by the military police personnel who were hell-bent on stopping them from covering the delivery of a petition against growing heinous human rights abuses by the Uganda Government to the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner for Human

UK: Are the government’s plans to protect free speech on campus the real threat to expression?

This statement was originally published on article19.org on 17 February 2021. The UK government is setting out plans to appoint a “free speech champion” to protect free speech on university campuses.  Under the plans, set out on February 16 by education secretary Gavin Williamson, people who believe their right to free expression has been violated

Former Ecuadorian president threatens, files suit against journalist Dayanna Monroy

This statement was originally published on cpj.org on 9 February 2021. Ecuadorian authorities must swiftly and thoroughly investigate threats made to journalist Dayanna Monroy, ensure she has adequate protection, and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On January 27, former Ecuadorian President Abdalá Bucaram Ortiz posted a video to

New EFF report shows cops used Ring cameras to monitor Black Lives Matter protests

This statement was originally published on eff.org on 16 February 2021. LAPD wanted unknown amount of video for unknown reasons – raising First Amendment concerns The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has obtained emails that show that the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) sent at least one request – and likely many more – for Amazon

Privacy Commissioners find police use of Clearview AI violated privacy rights of Canadians

This statement was originally published on openmedia.org on 3 February 2021. Clearview AI’s indiscriminate facial recognition technology an “affront” to Canadians’ privacy rights, says joint investigation report Today findings were released from the joint investigation into Clearview AI by the federal, Quebec, Alberta, and BC, Privacy Commissioners. The joint report confirms what the OpenMedia community has

Journalist Lucy Kassa assaulted for her reporting

This statement was originally published on rsf.org on 10 February 2021. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is shocked to learn that armed intruders physically attacked and threatened an Ethiopian freelance journalist in her Addis Ababa home with the clear aim of intimidating her in connection with her reporting. The authorities must take this attack seriously and

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