Free Expression Daily Digest: Wednesday, October 12
Facebook deleted a parody account to avoid being blocked in Brazil
Facebook has complied with a demand by a judge in Brazil to take down a satirical page or face being blocked throughout the country for 24 hours. The company also agreed to turn over the IP address of the user who was running the page.
Iran temporarily releases hunger-striking journalist
Iran has temporarily released a journalist for medical treatment after he became sick following a hunger strike, local media reported on Sunday. Ehsan Mazandarani, who runs the reformist daily newspaper Farhikhtegan, was arrested in late 2015 and sentenced in April to seven years for “acting against national security.”
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Senior Afghan journalist injured in assault
Unknown gunmen have attacked and injured the editor-in-chief of a leading newspaper in Afghanistan. The attack on Abdul Saboor Sarir of the Kabul-based English daily Afghanistan Times took place in a highly secured part of the capital.
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South Sudanese journalist abducted and severely tortured
South Sudanese journalist Malek Bol, abducted on Friday, was severely tortured and dumped near a graveyard in a Juba suburb, colleagues and relatives said.
Journalist who was at pipeline protest to return to face charges
Journalist Amy Goodman facing criminal charges after reporting on a clash between private security and protesters at a Dakota Access Pipeline protest will return to North Dakota within the next week to face the accusations.
EU shortlists Turkish journalist for rights prize
An exiled Turkish journalist, a Crimean Tartar activist, and two Yazidi victims of the Islamic State were shortlisted for the European Parliament’s prestigious Sakharov human rights prize.
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