Free Expression Daily Digest: Fri., September 25
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US Tech Firms Weigh Benefits, Costs of Business With China
Speaking Tuesday in Seattle, Xi promised closer cooperation with Washington on cybersecurity matters. His comments, however, came at the same time as the release of a report specifically tying elements of China’s People’s Liberation Army to a series of hacks and data thefts that targeted governments in Southeast Asia.
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IOC attacked by human rights groups over Olympic Games host city contract
The new contracts, made public last week when the list of bidders was unveiled, also force host cities to guarantee freedom of expression for the media – but only during the period of the Games.
Hungarian Delegation stages walk out of Scandinavian Book Fair
Hungary, which is the country in focus at this year’s literature fair, was heavily criticized by Russian human rights activist, journalist, and PEN Trustee Masha Gessen—one of the fair’s main guests—for its stance on Europe’s refugee crisis. RADIO SWEDEN
College Newspaper May Lose Funding For Op-Ed Critiquing Black Lives Matter
At least 172 students, staff and recent alumni at Wesleyan University signed a petition to defund the campus newspaper for publishing a controversial op-ed that criticized the Black Lives Matter movement. HUFFINGTON POST
“Snowden Treaty” proposed to curtail mass surveillance, protect whistleblowers
The treaty’s proponents say that Snowden’s leaks, and the treatment he received as a whistleblower, have “revealed the need for greater rights protections for citizens globally.” ARS TECHNICA
Bosnia: Local minister publicly ridicules journalists
Izudin Saracevic, Prime Minister of the Una-Sana state, publicly ridiculed journalists, calling them “foreign mercenaries” and stating “they have no rights whatsoever” during a book promotion on the Tomasica mass grave. MAPPING MEDIA FREEDOM
How the NSA’s Mass Internet Spying Poisons Society
A federal district court in Virginia will hear oral argument today in Wikimedia v. NSA, a case challenging one of the government’s most sweeping and intrusive forms of warrantless Internet spying. ACLU
British GCHQ mass surveillance program named for popular Radiohead song
The mass surveillance operation codenamed KARMA POLICE shows people’s web browsing histories, analyzes instant messenger communications, emails, Skype calls, text messages, cell phone locations, and social media interactions, and keep tabs on “suspicious” Google searches and usage of Google Maps.