Iran rounds up 450 social media users for ‘immoral activities’
Iran has “arrested or summoned” around 450 social media users over their online activities, a website linked to the powerful Revolutionary Guards said on Tuesday.
MIDDLE EAST EYE

Tibetans Searching for the Dalai Lama May Only Find Nicolas Sarkozy
China launched its first Tibetan-language search engine this week—it bears a striking resemblance to Google, blocked locally, but with considerably more limited results.
WALL STREET JOURNAL

Activists call for Facebook ‘censorship’ change after Korryn Gaines death
A consortium of activist groups has sent an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg asking him to implement an “anti-censorship policy” at Facebook in its dealings with law enforcement officials in the wake of the death of Baltimore woman Korryn Gaines.
THE GUARDIAN

Singapore teen blogger Amos Yee pleads guilty to two charges *PEN Case List
Yee pleaded guilty to two of his eight charges today, in relation to his failure to turn up at a police station for investigations. His trial for the remaining charges of wounding the religious feelings continues.
MALAY MAIL ONLINE

FBI investigating Russian hack of New York Times reporters, others
Hackers thought to be working for Russian intelligence have carried out a series of cyber breaches targeting reporters at The New York Times and other US news organizations in recent months.
CNN

Malaysian rapper is remanded over video allegedly insulting Islam
Namewee has been remanded in custody in Penang over a music video entitled Oh My God that allegedly insults Islam because it was partly filmed in a mosque.
THE GUARDIAN

Judge Says Photographer Has Himself to Blame for Getting Shot by Police
In June 2013, photographer Sérgio Andrade da Silva lost his left eye after being shot with a rubber bullet by military police while covering a demonstration. He sued the state of São Paulo. This week, the judge deemed Silva guilty of losing his eye because he put himself in danger.
GLOBAL VOICES

Roads blocked, press barred as tempers flare over landing pads in Okinawa
Journalists were corralled by the police and prevented from reporting on the demonstrations against a proposed site for new U.S. military landing pads.
JAPAN TIMES

Facebook Says Suspension Of Libertarian Groups Was An “Error”
Facebook restored the accounts of two big libertarian groups Monday after mistakenly removing them last week. Facebook offered only a vague explanation for the takedowns, one that’s become increasingly common following the sudden, temporary disappearance of political speech and or contentious content from its platform.
BUZZFEED

Iranian Journalists Alarmed As Media Legislation Resurfaces
Senior newspaper editors and media experts have warned that the bill is likely to worsen the already difficult situation journalists face in the Islamic republic, where they are subjected to state pressure and written and unwritten censorship rules.
RFERL

Kenya: Journalist Injured at Brawl Over Governor’s Impeachment
Fighting broke out at the assembly over the impeachment of Governor Nderitu Gachagua in a brawl that also sucked in journalists and county assembly staff. When Hudson Gicheru noticed that a Nation journalist was taking photos of the encounter, he grabbed her camera and tried to twist her arm to wrestle the camera from her.
NAIROBI NEWS

 

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