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Category: Civil Liberties :: Freedom of the Press
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Facebook urged to give users greater control over what they see 17.1.2019 TechCrunch
Academics at the universities of Oxford and Stanford think Facebook should give users greater transparency and control over the content they see on its platform. They also believe the social networking giant should radically reform its governance structures and processes to throw more light on content decisions, including by looping in more external experts to […]
Is U.S. Freedom of the Press in Jeopardy? 15.1.2019 The Moderate Voice

“Journalists from Latin America…are in a unique position to help us better appreciate what we are facing in the U.S. — and where we might be headed if we do not defeat the virulent strain of press hatred stoked by President Trump.” - Bruce D. Brown, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

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Five Forces Driving the Rise of Fascism in 2019 13.1.2019 Truthout.com
The forces driving fascism are strong. We have to be stronger.

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Scooter startup Bird tried to silence a journalist. It did not go well. 12.1.2019 TechCrunch
Cory Doctorow doesn’t like censorship. He especially doesn’t like his own work being censored. Anyone who knows Doctorow knows his popular tech and culture blog Boing Boing, and anyone who reads Boing Boing knows Doctorow and his cohort of bloggers. The part-blogger, part special advisor at the online rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation, has written […]
Jury orders Mongols motorcycle club to forfeit logo trademarks 12.1.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

A federal jury on Friday decided an outlaw motorcycle club should be stripped of the trademarks it holds on its coveted logo as punishment in a racketeering case, delivering a victory to the U.S. government in its unusual legal fight to dismantle the notorious organization.

Last month, at the end...

Senators Push Bill to Punish Boycotts of Israel Amid Shutdown 7.1.2019 Truthout.com
The legislation would give states more legal authority to punish companies that participate in the BDS movement.

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The next two years are about democracy itself 7.1.2019 The Moderate Voice

WASHINGTON — “This is what democracy looks like.” It’s the chant heard again and again at the women’s marches the day after Donald Trump was inaugurated and echoed later in mobilizations on behalf of gun sanity and the Affordable Care Act, in defense of immigrants and refugees, and in support of democracy itself. Those determined […]

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Prayer at government meetings violates the 1st Amendment 4.1.2019 LA Times: Commentary

When citizens attend a government meeting, they shouldn’t have to be subjected to official prayer, whether it takes the form of a petition to God “in Jesus’ name” or a more ecumenical invocation. Inevitably a prayer offered as part of a public proceeding — whether it’s a city council meeting or...

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Under pressure, Netflix pulls episode of 'Patriot Act' in Saudi Arabia 2.1.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

Netflix subscribers in Saudi Arabia will no longer be able to view an episode of the comedy variety series “Patriot Act” after the streaming service pulled the installment that contained references to the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.

While the move drew a sharp rebuke from free speech proponents,...

Media groups file motion opposing sheriff’s union's bid to limit scope of landmark law to disclose police shootings 29.12.2018 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

The Los Angeles Times and three other organizations have filed a motion with the California Supreme Court opposing a law enforcement union’s last-minute bid to limit the scope of a new law requiring broader disclosure of government records in cases of police shootings and misconduct.

The San Bernardino...

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Political Moderates Have Principles Too 29.12.2018 The Moderate Voice

Political moderates have principles, which is why it is wrong to claim that they don’t. Being a political moderate means that . . . . . . one is flexible when it comes to gray areas. Whether or not one admits it, plenty of gray areas exist in politics. Compromise is necessary in order for […]

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Elon Musk says ‘pedo’ insults aimed at cave-rescue volunteer are protected by 1st Amendment 28.12.2018 LA Times: Business

Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk has moved to have a defamation lawsuit against him dismissed, arguing that his insults aimed at a Thai-cave rescue volunteer whom he called a "pedo" and a "child rapist" were merely opinions and protected by the 1st Amendment.

"This motion boils down to a single question,"...

Musk seeks to dismiss 'pedo' defamation claim 27.12.2018 BBC: Technology
Mr Musk's insults to cave rescuer were a "schoolyard spat" say Tesla chief's lawyers.
What history could tell Mark Zuckerberg 25.12.2018 TechCrunch
Perhaps Mark Zuckerberg obsessed over the wrong bit of history. Or else didn’t study his preferred slice of classical antiquity carefully enough, faced, as he now is, with an existential crisis of ‘fake news’ simultaneously undermining trust in his own empire and in democracy itself. A recent New Yorker profile — questioning whether the Facebook founder can fix […]
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Trump complains that negative coverage of him ‘can’t be legal’ and ‘should be tested in courts’ 16.12.2018 The Atlantic - Matthew Ygblesias
President Donald Trump started off his Sunday by suggesting the media should have to answer in court for the “nothing less than unfair news coverage” that he is subjected to. Trump cited in particular NBC and the network’s Saturday Night Live sketch comedy show, tweeting, “Should be tested in courts, can’t be legal?” A REAL scandal is […]
The Trump Administration Just Killed Net Neutrality for Text Messages 12.12.2018 Truthout.com
Republicans say it will combat robotexts, but the lone Democrat on the FCC called it doublespeak for censorship.

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Sheriff’s Deputies Protect Corporate Interests in Bayou Bridge Case 12.12.2018 Truthout.com
Activists say moonlighting by deputies has created a blurred line between corporate and public interests.

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The Truth Buried Alive 10.12.2018 GregPalast.com

Of the thousands of bless you and f— you messages that arrived at The Guardian papers after we broke the Florida vote swindle story in November 2000, none ruffled my editors’ English reserve but one: a letter demanding we

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What Marc Lamont Hill’s Pro-Palestine Message Means to a Palestinian 8.12.2018 Truthout.com
The fact that Hill was fired says more about his critics than it does about him.

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The First Amendment Problems With Prosecuting Julian Assange And Wikileaks 2.12.2018 Outside the Beltway
An effort by the Federal Government to prosecute Wikileaks founder Julian Assange raises serious First Amendment issues.
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