Tell Europe’s leaders to stop mass surveillance #dontspyonme
Index on Censorship launches a petition calling on European Union Heads of Government to stop the US, UK and other governments from carrying out mass surveillance. We want to use public pressure to ensure Europe’s leaders put on the record their opposition to mass surveillance. They must place this issue firmly on the agenda for the next European Council Summit in October so action can be taken to stop this attack on the basic human right of free speech and privacy.
(Index on Censorship)
Teacher ‘should have faced trial’
An American kindergarten teacher, who was deported for having links with radical opposition groups, should have been put on trial, according to political societies.
(Gulf Daily News)
Popular China bloggers should ‘promote virtues’
Chinese Internet celebrities have been told to “promote virtues” by a leading official, state media said Sunday, after a singer sparked a free speech debate by venting about bombing government offices.
The Pirate Bay Launches Censorship-Dodging Web Browser
Notorious torrent-sharing site The Pirate Bay is 10 years old today, and they got you a little something. They launched PirateBrowser, a custom Firefox browser that skirts Internet censorship and lets you access the Pirate Bay from anywhere. We should at least send them a card or something.
Stand up for freedom of expression: Anand Patwardhan
Acclaimed documentary filmmaker AnandPatwardhan believes civil society groups in Gujarat must unite to defend the right to free expression, especially of oppressed sections.
(Times of India)
Freedom of Expression: Indians are Becoming Increasingly Intolerant
Instead of nurturing the spirit of debate, we have become aggressive, bigoted and abusive
Russia asked by IOC about gay propaganda law
Mr Rogge said in Moscow that Russian written reassurances over the Winter Olympics in Sochi needed clarification. “We don’t think it is a fundamental issue, more a translation issue.”
(Radio New Zealand)
Fear of offending betrays hard-won rights
When President Jacob Zuma and the ANC calls on “intellectuals” not to be “antagonistic”, it raises several questions, says Judith February and Richard Calland.
(St Kitts News)
Press Freedom and Freedom of Information Act
Press freedom and Freedom of Information Act are like two wings on which transparency, accountability and openness in government rises to the needs of democracy and good governance.
(St Kitts News)
The power of pictures
Swiss photographer Christian Lutz began a reportage on the International Christian Fellowship (ICF) more than two years ago after gaining explicit approval from the founder of the community, its managers and event organisers. But more than 20 legal complaints stopped the publication of Lutz’s book, In Jesus’ Name.
(Swiss Broadcasting Corporation)
Political signs are free speech, not a blight on suburban lawns
While many consider political signs ugly and annoying, they are free speech at its purest. In case after case, courts have struck down efforts to limit this most basic form of political speech. In 1994, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in City of Ladue et al. v. Gilleo that curbs on political lawn signs were unconstitutional.