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Well-known blogger freed but 15 other journalists still held *PEN Case List
A former policewoman held since September 5, 2011, Ta Phong Tan was released on September 19 and immediately boarded a flight for exile in the U.S. In September 2012, she was sentenced to ten years in prison for criticizing corruption and human rights violations. REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS

Facebook accused of spying on Belgian citizens like the NSA
Facebook acted like the U.S.’s National Security Agency, spying without authority on European users, lawyers representing the Belgian data protection authority said on Monday. THE GUARDIAN

AMISOM vehicle wounds Somali journalist in Mogadishu
Abdirahman Mohamd Ibrahim, known to many as Gacan, was working for Radio Mogadishu, voice of the Somali Army. He was injured by an AMISOM vehicle outside the presidential palace in Mogadishu on Sunday, according to Kulmiye Radio. MAREEG

Gunmen fire on Samaa TV DSNG van in Karachi
Gunmen riding motorcycles fired at a DSNG van of a television news channel in Karachi’s Liaquatabad area on Sunday, officials said. According to initial information from police, the gunmen followed the van belonging to SAMAA TV news channel and opened fire on it. GEO.TV

Special tribunal for Lebanon finds journalist guilty of contempt
The Special Tribunal for Lebanon found Al-Jadeed TV journalist Karma Khayat guilty of contempt of court and obstructing justice. The outcome of the trial is decisive for journalism in Lebanon as it could set a precedent for restricting the right to information. REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS

U.S. to China: Quit cyber spying
U.S. national security adviser Susan Rice issued a stern warning to China on Monday before President Xi Jinping’s visit that state-sponsored cyber espionage must stop, calling it a national security concern and a critical factor in U.S.-China relations. REUTERS

Who will show FIFA the red card on Hong Kong?
Should it be an offense to boo your own national anthem at a public sporting event? Apparently FIFA, football’s governing body, thinks so: it’s just opened disciplinary proceedings into Hong Kong fans’ vocal disapproval of China’s national anthem at a World Cup qualifying match. HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH

India joins war on crypto, wants everyone to keep plaintext copy of encrypted data
India’s newly released draft national encryption policy includes a requirement that plaintext versions of all encrypted data and messages must be kept by every user, whether a business or an individual, for 90 days. ARS TECHNICA UK

How China uses J-visas to punish international media for critical coverage
Visas are being issued in a timely manner for most, according to a survey to which 126 members of the Foreign Correspondents Club of China replied. But ten journalists said they were threatened with having visas cancelled or not renewed because of their work. COMMITTEE TO PROTECT JOURNALISTS

Art that shows what mass surveillance actually looks like
Even if you know about the tapping of undersea cables, that knowledge seems more solid and tangible when you actually see those data pipes lying there, flacidly, on the sea floor, pale, thin, and exploitable. FUSION