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Jul 04, 2014

Freedom of the press came of age in NYC

Hamm: July 4 marks not only the day 13 colonies declared their independence, but also the birth of a new political system. And as every American knows, the right to criticize those in power is indispensable to our representative democracy...

Jun 27, 2014

Groups pressure US lawmakers with NSA surveillance scorecard

U.S. lawmakers got a report card on Friday: they’ve been graded by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and other groups on whether they are effectively reining in the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs. The new StandAgainstSpying.org sco... #Electronic Frontier Foundation #GREENPEACE New Zealand #National Security Agency #Sunlight Foundation

Jul 13, 2014

David Davis' devastating attack on our loss of privacy: This data law has nothing to do with catching terrorists - and everything to do with a lust for power

The last time the main parties got together in a closed room, we were on the edge of abandoning 300 years of press freedom. This time our privacy is under threat, writes DAVID DAVIS... #Electronic Frontier Foundation #GREENPEACE New Zealand #National Security Agency #Sunlight Foundation

Jul 12, 2014

Made-up stories, old photos: behold a free press lifting the lid on scandal

The Mail shouts about a free press, but used that freedom to run two celebrity stories that were either false or pointless The Daily Mail runs another resounding editorial: "Only a free press can lift the lid on scandal." Though a few dossiers short ... #Brad Pitt #George Clooney #National Enquirer #Angelina Jolie #William Hague

Jul 18, 2014

Ethiopian bloggers and journalists charged with terrorism

Seven bloggers for Zone Nine website and three journalists accused of plotting 'to destabilise nation' for having ties with outlawed Ginbot 7 group A group of Ethiopian bloggers and journalists detained for nearly three months have been charged with ... #Ethiopia #Africa

Jul 14, 2014

Pakistani teen seeks release of Nigerian girls

(AP) -- The Pakistani teen who survived a Taliban assassination attempt in 2012 marked her 17th birthday Monday with a visit to Nigeria and urged Islamic extremists to free the 219 schoolgirls who were kidnapped there, calling them her "sisters." Mal... #Taliban #Boko Haram

Jul 02, 2014

EU's right to be forgotten: Guardian articles have been hidden by Google | James Ball

Publishers must fight back against this indirect challenge to press freedom, which allows articles to be 'disappeared'. Editorial decisions belong with them, not Google When you Google someone from within the EU, you no longer see what the search gia... #Google Inc. #European Union #Europe

Jul 04, 2014

Peter Grestes mother describes ordeal of visiting her son in Egyptian prison

Lois and Juris Greste's called their first meeting with their son since he was sentenced to seven years in jail an 'horrendous experience' The parents of Australian al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste have visited their son in jail for the first time ... #Egypt #Australia #Cairo #Muslim Brotherhood

Jun 25, 2014

Andy Coulson jury discharged as judge criticises Cameron as it happened

David Cameron criticised by judge over comments that threatened to derail the trial Hacking jury discharged after failing to reach verdicts on two charges against Andy Coulson and Clive Goodman Prosecutors to decide on Monday whether they will seek a... #David Cameron #News Corporation Limited #Andy Coulson #Clive Goodman #News International #Tom Watson (politician)

Jun 23, 2014

Egypt 'declaring journalism a crime' by jailing al-Jazeera correspondents

Leading journalists condemn judiciary's sentences and fear for consequences on press freedom in turbulent times Journalists and media organisations have warned that the jailing of three al-Jazeera English correspondents by the Cairo regime was intend... #Cairo #Egypt #Africa