Australian MP’s push for massive free speech inquiry
A new push to defend free speech is gaining ground within the federal government as Coalition MPs back a far-reaching inquiry to scale back the law that makes it an offence to “insult” or “offend” someone on the basis of race.

European Union condemns more journalist detentions in Turkey
The European Union has strongly criticised the detention of the editor and senior staff at a leading Turkish opposition newspaper who’ve been accused of supporting July’s failed coup. European Parliament President Martin Schulz took to Twitter to express his concerns.

Kurdish Authorities Detain Japanese Journalist in Iraq
Kurdish authorities have detained a Japanese freelance journalist covering the fighting in Iraq, according to Japan’s government and media reports. It is unclear why he was detained.

Turkish journalists face abuse and threats online as trolls step up attacks
Away from shuttered news rooms and busy police stations, trolls have intensified a campaign to intimidate journalists online, hacking social media accounts, threatening physical and sexual abuse, and orchestrating “virtual lynch mobs” of pro-government voices to silence criticism.

Is Kenya’s film censor out of control?
As well as certifying films, the head of the Kenya Film Classification Board has promised to raid strip clubs to prevent a wave of “bestiality”, raged against homosexuality and threatened to regulate Netflix to prevent it from becoming a threat to national security.

Dismissed Turkish journalists launch campaign to subvert media censorship
Journalists from recently shuttered news outlets have launched a social media newscast to inform Turkish citizens of topics overlooked by an increasingly state-run media environment.


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