Free Expression Daily Digest: Tues., May 10

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LuxLeaks prosecutors seek jail term of 18 months for whistleblowers
Prosecutors in Luxembourg have called for two whistleblowers on trial over the so-called LuxLeaks scandal to be jailed for 18 months and for a journalist to be fined. Antoine Deltour and Raphaël Halet, French former employees of an auditing firm, are accused of leaking thousands of documents to journalist Edouard Perrin. THE GUARDIAN

German court rejects Erdogan request for injunction against media CEO
The district court in Cologne said it rejected a request made by President Erdogan for a preliminary injunction against the CEO of German publisher Axel Springer. The injunction would have stopped the CEO repeating a derogatory term about Erdogan, but the court rejected it on the basis of “the defendant’s right to free expression of opinion.”

Scribes protest in Delhi over press freedom issues in C’garh
Alleging “undermining” of press freedom in Chhattisgarh, scores of journalists from the state today protested at the Jantar Mantar here and demanded release of the scribes who have been arrested there.

Facebook faces accusations of censorship
Facebook is facing accusations of all too human censorship after a report on the website Gizmodo said curators working for Facebook suppressed news stories from typically conservative outlets because they didn’t like the politics. THE NEW YORK TIMES

Pakistan criticized for censoring article about Muslim women and sex
A feminist writer has criticized Pakistan for censoring an article on Muslim women and sex, saying the ban exposed the extent of the country’s discrimination against women. THE GUARDIAN

Media insiders in Jordan call for ‘constitutionalizing’ access to information
Media experts in Jordan called for fundamental changes to the Access to Information Law as the government pledged continued reforms of media-related legislation to enhance information availability and press freedom. THE JORDAN TIMES