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After Orlando shooting, House shifts on surveillance
In what could signal a new shift in Congress, House lawmakers rejected a proposal on Thursday that would have required the government to get a warrant to search certain foreign surveillance databases for information on U.S. citizens. THE HUFFINGTON POST

Now Poland’s government is coming after the Internet
Warsaw is tightening control over the Web in the name of national security with a new counter-terrorism law that sets an ominous precedent for other democracies. The law is the brainchild of the conservative Law and Justice Party (often known by its Polish acronym, PiS), which took power last November. FOREIGN POLICY

Use of FBI’s facial recognition grows despite rampant inaccuracy and privacy concerns
The FBI’S use of facial recognition technology is exploding, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office, and its growth is largely unchecked, unaudited, and possibly flawed. According to the report, the FBI has never reviewed its facial recognition searches for misuse on either state databases or its own massive biometric database, known as the Next Generation Identification system. THE INTERCEPT

Bangladesh: Round up the usual suspects
On June 5th, the wife of a police officer investigating a militant group was hacked and shot dead in front of her six-year-old son in Bangladesh. Five days later Sheikh Hasina, the prime minister, promised to catch “each and every killer” and accused the main opposition party and its Islamist ally of orchestrating the murders. By the time The Economist went to press, more than 11,000 people had been rounded up. THE ECONOMIST

World refugee day: Fear of arrests drives journalists into exile
Idrak Abbasov, from Azerbaijan, and Sanna Camara, from Gambia, faced imprisonment because of their reporting and cannot return home. Their stories, along with those of Bob Rugurika, a radio director from Burundi, and Sevgi Akarçeşme, an editor from Turkey, reflect the experiences faced by the many journalists forced to flee each year after being persecuted for their reporting. ADVOX GLOBAL VOICES

Fourth anniversary of Raif Badawi’s arrest: Let’s not lose hope *PEN CASE LIST
Today marks four years since the arrest of blogger Raif Badawi in Saudi Arabia in 2012. Two years later, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for “founding a liberal website” and “insulting Islam”. However, it was not until the brutal public flogging on January 9, 2015 that the world really began to pay attention to his case. NEWSWEEK