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Grayling’s plans for tougher sentencing are unlikely to act as a deterrent to trolls

The UK Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has announced plans to increase the maximum prison sentence for online abuse, or trolling, to two years. Laws already exist for dealing with harassment and threats of violence, and the Crown Prosecution Service last year issued clear and strict guidelines on what kind of

Rights groups call on UK to press Bahrain to release human rights defenders

Rights groups call on UK to press Bahrain to release human rights defenders

Nine human rights organisations called on the British government on Friday to speak out publicly in the case of activists currently being detained in Bahrain. Prominent human rights defenders Nabeel Rajab, Zainab Al-Khawaja and Ghada Jamsheer have all been arrested and face lengthy prison sentences in Bahrain for cases of

Azerbaijan: Stop harassment against investigative journalist

Azerbaijan: Stop harassment against investigative journalist

The Azerbaijani authorities should immediately lift the travel ban imposed on Khadija Ismayilova and cease all legal proceedings against her. Against the backdrop of the unprecedented crackdown on civil society, Khadija Ismayilova’s arrest on criminal defamation charges seems imminent and would confirm the authorities’ intent to silence all critical voices in

Padraig Reidy: Collective outrage and imagined slights

Padraig Reidy: Collective outrage and imagined slights

Padraig Reidy explores when writers are attacked for using their imaginations.

Russia: Justice Ministry seeks to disband Kremlin-critical human rights group

Russia: Justice Ministry seeks to disband Kremlin-critical human rights group

The ministry has filed a lawsuit with the Supreme Court to close the International Memorial Society, Jennifer Janiak reports

Azerbaijan: Protesters demand end to repression

Azerbaijan: Protesters demand end to repression

Powerful pictures show thousands gathering in Baku as crackdown on government critics continues

Azerbaijan: Journalist Arzu Geybulla threatened

Azerbaijan: Journalist Arzu Geybulla threatened

Azerbaijani journalist Arzu Geybulla has been the subject of ongoing intimidation via social media

Padraig Reidy: We all seem to be grieving for newspapers

Padraig Reidy: We all seem to be grieving for newspapers

Put two British journalists in a room and talk will likely turn to the managed decline of the newspaper industry in western Europe and the US. Padraig Reidy will miss the news agents most.

Romania: Audiovisual Council paralysed in middle of election campaign

Romania: Audiovisual Council paralysed in middle of election campaign

As Romania heads into its election season, its television and radio regulator languishes. Zoltan Sipos reports on the trouble ahead

Painting over the Clacton Banksy? Does nobody understand satire any more?

Painting over the Clacton Banksy? Does nobody understand satire any more?

All it seems to take is for one person to think that something’s ‘racist’ …

Padraig Reidy: Our public conversation is in danger of becoming a public whinge

Padraig Reidy: Our public conversation is in danger of becoming a public whinge

If arguments that counter our own prove more popular, it's not because ours may need rethinking -- no, it is because the world is biased against us

Hungary: Court legalises publishing unaltered photographs of police

Hungary: Court legalises publishing unaltered photographs of police

Photographs revealing the identity of police officers can now legally be published in Hungary. A recent ruling of the Hungarian Constitutional Court means that news organisations can now publish unaltered photographs showing the faces of police officers without gaining prior consent Since 2007, the Hungarian Judicial System considered the personal

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