Free Expression Daily Digest: Friday, September 23
Guatemalan rights prosecutor arrested over alleged hit-and-run
Orlando López, a journalist who investigated some of the worst crimes committed during Guatemala’s bloody civil war, has been detained on homicide charges linked to an alleged hit-and-run incident. His supporters say this is part of a wave of malicious litigation against advocates seeking justice over civil war crimes.
Turkey arrests prominent journalist hours after his release
Turkish authorities detained a prominent journalist, Ahmet Altan, on Thursday, less than 24 hours after he was released from detention in connection with the investigation into the attempted putsch in July, local media reported. Altan was initially freed before dawn on Thursday, while his brother, academic Mehmet Altan, remained under arrest.
MIDDLE EAST EYE
Ballot measures would limit nonprofits’ free speech
Voters in Missouri, South Dakota, Washington and Oregon will go to the polls in November to vote on ballot measures that limit the ability of nonprofits like ours to weigh in on policy matters we care about. This is an infringement of our First Amendment rights.
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Reformist editor arrested ahead of Iranian president’s trip to the UN
Sadra Mohaghegh, the social affairs editor of the reformist Iranian newspaper Shargh, was arrested on September 19, 2016, but the circumstances surrounding his arrest and the charges against him are unclear, according to his lawyer.
For mocking a martyr, Chinese blogger runs afoul of Beijing court
In 2013, blogger Sun Jie, who has attracted more than nine million followers on Chinese social media site Weibo, wrote a post on Weibo that mocked the story of an exalted Korean War hero in China. This week, a district court ordered to Mr. Sun to pay the brother 1 renminbi and to issue public apologies for five consecutive days.
THE NEW YORK TIMES
How Facebook is revamping its fight to end online hate speech
Facebook is amping up its own anti-hate speech campaign this week after launching the program earlier this year, the company announced Wednesday.
3D-printed gun files aren’t free speech, court rules
We now live in a world where the files to print a gun exist, and people have indeed printed guns. Is this an activity the constitution protects? Decidedly no, according to a ruling handed down earlier this week from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
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