NSA, surveillance, free speech and privacy
Edward Snowden’s leaks about the US’s international mass surveillance programmes has prompted perhaps the definitive debate of our age: How free are we online? Can we ever trust technology with our personal details?
25 July, Time 6.30pm, Free, but RSVP required. Space is limited.
Doughty Street Chambers, WC1N
Brazilian sociologist threatened at gunpoint after criticising police
A Brazilian sociologist says he was threatened at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro last week, after he gave a newspaper interview criticising police action in recent popular demonstrations
(Index on Censorship)
Minister attacks Putin’s ‘worrying’ free speech record
A Cabinet Minister has accused Russian president Vladimir Putin of presiding over a “worrying” clampdown on free speech.
On the ground in Syria: Fear still rules political expression
More than two years after the start of the uprising in Syria, the security apparatus remains committed to stifling freedom of expression. In its monthly reports, the SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom, based in Beirut, has documented the arrest of 12 journalists and dissident intellectuals since January this year. Well-known media activists, such as Mazen Darwish, who was arrested in 2012, continue to be held under charges of terrorism.
Tunisia: Strengthen New Constitution’s Rights Protection
It is critically important to bring Tunisia’s new constitution in line with international human rights standards and Tunisia’s obligations under international law, four human rights organizations said today.
(Human Rights Watch)
Yavuz Baydar sacked after columns criticising government
Journalist Yavuz Baydar has been fired by Turkish daily newspaper Sabah, after articles he wrote criticising the government were censored
(Index on Censorship)
Miley Cyrus fires back at ‘We Cant Stop’ censorship
Former Disney star Miley Cyrus says she is not impressed with the way her ‘We Cant Stop’ music video has been censored in the UK.
(The New Age)
‘United we stand’ not just a motto
What is America ’s favorite freedom? It’s freedom of speech by a wide margin, according to the annual State of the First Amendment survey.
Press Freedom Group Helps Circumvent Net Censorship in Zambia
The non-governmental organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has made a strong statement in favour of freedom of the press by offering several banned websites solutions to circumvent the government’s efforts to block access by citizens.