Free Expression Daily Digest: Tues., Mar 1

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Apple wins ruling in New York iPhone hacking order
A federal magistrate judge on Monday denied the United States government’s request that Apple extract data from an iPhone in a drug case in New York, giving the company’s pro-privacy stance a boost as it battles law enforcement officials over opening up the device in other cases. THE NEW YORK TIMES

Indian TV journalist receives one thousand threat calls after debate show
Inspector General Manoj Abraham took over the investigation charge into the case pertaining to threatening phone calls allegedly made by RSS news channel workers to television journalist Sindhu Suryakumar, after she hosted a television debate. THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS

Top Bangladesh editor gets bail
A Bangladeshi court today granted bail to the editor of a leading newspaper facing 79 cases, over a dozen of them calling for bringing treason charges, for publishing reports alleging corruption against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during army-backed emergency rule in 2007-2008. BUSINESS STANDARD

EU asks US firms to enforce privacy standards for new data pact to work
Europe sought to plug a gap in a new transatlantic data pact on Monday by urging US firms to allow European Union privacy regulators to police compliance with the new rules. THE GUARDIAN

China’s censorship clampdown stirs a push back
A high-profile clash between China’s censors and an influential businessman with a huge social-media following marks a further tightening of a clampdown on public discourse under President Xi Jinping—one that is starting to generate unexpected push back. THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

U.S. veteran accused of trying to join ISIS uses free-speech defense
The government’s case against a U.S. Air Force veteran accused of trying to join Islamic State could hinge on whether jurors believe his interest in the terrorist group amounts to criminal activity or is instead protected by his free-speech rights. THE WALL STREET JOURNAL