Free expression in the news
13 May 2013

Missing Bahraini blogger surfaces in London
Opposition activist Ali Abdulemam, sentenced to 15 years in absentia, has reemerged after two years in hiding. (Aljazeera)

Bahrain policeman’s trial postponed
Bahrain’s court of appeals on Sunday adjourned until June 2 the trial of two policemen who had challenged a 10-year jail verdict by a lower court. (Gulf News)

EU warns Israel to respect freedom of worship
The European Union’s top foreign affairs official on Friday called on Israel to respect freedom of worship in holy places. (World Bulletin)

Amanda Knox faces libel trial over memoir
Giuliano Mignini, the prosecutor who investigated Knox for the murder of Meredith Kercher, an exchange student from Coulsdon, Surrey, told the Sunday Times he had decided to sue the Italian magazine Oggi after it published extracts from Knox’s book last week. (The Sunday Times

Shell Censorship
I fail to understand how Shell’s long-standing policy of silencing criticism by covert activity, or through the courts, is compatible with its claimed core business principle of transparency? (Royal Dutch Shell plc .com)

UK spyware used against Bahraini activists – court witness
UK spy technology was used against British citizen in Bahrain, new evidence filed in a UK high court has claimed. Activists are calling for a judicial review of the UK’s failure to hold firms accountable for sales of spy software to repressive regimes. (RT)

Peer warns over Stormont’s blocking of ‘free speech’ bill
A leading historian has warned that Stormont’s veto of a law to strengthen freedom of speech will undermine the work of academics, as well as hampering responsible journalism. (News Letter)

David Cameron’s head of strategy sues Australian minister for libel
Lynton Crosby takes Australia’s defence procurment minister, Mike Kelly, to court over tweet. (The Guardian)

Animal cruelty laws stir free speech debate
A feverish debate in Tennessee over a law that would compel people with video of alleged animal cruelty to hand a copy over to police has set off a debate about wider First Amendment issues.

Sean Gallagher

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