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Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet awarded Nobel Peace Prize 
The surprise winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize has played a key role in mediating between the different parties in the country’s post-Arab Spring government. The Quartet is credited with creating a national dialogue between the country’s Islamist and secular coalition parties amid deepening political and economic crisis in 2013. BBC

Indian television journalist shot dead in “revenge attack”
Hemant Kumar Yadav was shot dead on Saturday, October 3, near his home in Dheena, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. It was the fifth such incident in the state in the past four months. A police source suggested that the deceased, who used to take up various causes of locals who approached him, could have antagonized someone by his activism and was therefore attacked. The Guardian

China releases Tibetan writer Dolma Kyab after 10.5-year jail term *PEN Case List
Chinese authorities have released the Tibetan writer and history teacher after he served ten and a half years in Chinese prison on charges of “endangering state security.” The Tibet Post

Obama administration opts not to force firms to decrypt data—for now
After months of deliberation, the Obama administration has decided that it will not call for legislation requiring companies to decode messages for law enforcement. Rather, the administration will continue trying to persuade companies that have moved to encrypt their customers’ data to create a way for the government to still peer into people’s data when needed for criminal or terrorism investigations. Washington Post

European ruling is merely a symbolic victory for privacy
A decision on Tuesday by the European Union’s highest court, striking down an agreement between the E.U. and the United States that allows companies like Facebook and Google to store the personal data of European users on servers in America, was considered a victory by some privacy advocates. But in practice the ruling will do little to protect privacy unless lawmakers in Europe and the United States pass stricter privacy laws. The New York Times

One hundred days behind bars (and counting) for Gambian journalist
Tomorrow, October 10, will mark 100 days in prison for journalist Alhagie Abdoulie Ceesay. His crime: committing acts of journalism in Gambia (or what local authorities refer to as “seditious intention” and “publishing false news”). Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights