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Cybercrime bills risk undermining Brazil’s progress in securing open Internet
Two years ago, Brazil passed Marco Civil da Internet, a landmark piece of Internet civil rights legislation that made the country an international reference in digital rights. But its legacy is under threat from a cybercrime proposal that could radically change key aspects of the framework and threaten free speech online. CPJ

In run-up to planned protests, Egyptian authorities conduct mass arrests
Over the past four days, police have arrested at least 90 people in eight governorates in what appears to be an attempt to intimidate the public and prevent any demonstrations on April 25. Police have arrested youth from cafes in downtown Cairo, at metro stations, at random police checkpoints and from their homes. IFEX

Accountants, journalist face tax leaks trial in Luxembourg
Two former employees of accountancy giant PwC go on trial in Luxembourg on Tuesday along with a French journalist, accused of leaking details of corporate tax deals that have fueled global demands for reform. The case has drawn strong criticism from civil rights and media groups who argue the men are whistleblowers in need of protection. REUTERS

Chinese journalist sentenced to nearly 5 years for ‘provoking trouble’
The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the sentencing of Chinese journalist Wang Jing to four years and 10 months in prison on the charge of causing disorder. CPJ

Ming Pao columns left blank in protest over editor firing replaced with drawings
Empty columns in the Canadian edition of Ming Pao were filled with drawings on Monday, as staff protested the sudden firing of respected executive chief editor Keung Kwok-yuen last Wednesday. Over two days, five columnists have submitted blank columns to the newspaper. HONG KONG FREE PRESS

In Nepal, critical journalist Kanak Mani Dixit detained in corruption case
The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in Nepal to immediately release Kanak Mani Dixit, the founding editor of the independent regional news magazine Himal Southasian. The journalist, who has reported critically on the country’s civil war, has been harassed and detained previously by authorities. CPJ