Free Expression Daily Digest: Thursday, October 6
Press freedom bodies call for inquiry into Somali journalist’s murder
Abdiaziz Mohamed Ali Haji, the host of a morning news program for Radio Shabelle, was shot dead by gunmen on motorbikes while travelling in the north of the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
Rights groups: Israel’s agreement with Facebook threatens free speech
Middle East-based civil society activists have warned of a chilling effect on freedom of expression, following a high-profile agreement between the Israeli government and Facebook.
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Germany drops investigation of comic who insulted Turkey’s leader
German prosecutors have dropped a controversial investigation of a comedian who read a lewd poem on German television mocking Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, citing a lack of evidence.
UK: Home Office has not given journalist’s confiscated passport to Syria
The passport confiscated from a Syrian journalist by the UK border agency has not been passed on to the Syrian authorities. Nor will it be returned to them in future.
The trial of Cameroonian journalist, Abba Ahmed begins again
The Director of RFI and his lawyers have requested for the release of the journalist who is standing trial for alleged complicity with Boko Haram.
Yahoo scan by U.S. fell under foreign spy law expiring next year
A Yahoo operation to scan the incoming email of its customers for information requested by the U.S. government was allowed under a foreign intelligence law, parts of which will expire next year, two government officials have said.
The women risking everything to report from Russia’s frontlines
Anecdotal evidence suggests it is mainly female journalists filling the gap left by the murder 10 years ago of Anna Politkovskaya.
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