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Founder of protest reporting outlet goes missing in China
Lu Yuyu, founder of citizen media outlet Not in the News (非新聞) has been missing since June 15, along with his girlfriend. The citizen news outlet has been reporting and distributing news of mass demonstrations in China via a Twitter account, Blogspot and YouTube since 2013. GLOBAL VOICES ADVOX

Berta Cáceres’s name was on Honduran military hit list, says former soldier
Berta Cáceres, the murdered environmental campaigner, appeared on a hit list distributed to U.S.-trained special forces units of the Honduran military months before her death, a former soldier has claimed. Lists featuring the names and photographs of dozens of social and environmental activists were given to two elite units, with orders to eliminate each target.

Protestors fight Cleveland’s plan to restrict free speech during GOP convention
U.S. District Judge James Gwin said Thursday that Cleveland’s proposed restrictions on protesters during the Republican National Convention put too much of a squeeze on free speech. Gwin issued a preliminary injunction that rejects the city’s plan to establish a roughly 3.3-square-mile “event zone” encompassing most of downtown Cleveland.

Mob destroys mosque as religious, ethnic tension rises in Myanmar
A group of men from a village in central Myanmar destroyed a mosque in the first serious outburst of inter-religious violence in months, coinciding with a rise in tensions over how to refer to the Rohingya, the country’s persecuted Muslim minority. REUTERS

Man who depicted Erdoğan as Gollum given suspended sentence
Rifat Çetin, who depicted Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as the Lord of the Rings character Gollum, has been convicted of insulting the Turkish president. According to Turkish media reports, a court in the south-west province of Antalya on Thursday sentenced Çetin to a year in prison, suspended for five years, and stripped him of his parental custody rights. THE GUARDIAN

Six released students remain dismissed from Khartoum University
The Sudanese security service has released six detained students of the University of Khartoum. Their families plan to file a petition against the university’s dismissal from their studies. The six had been detained without charges for several weeks against the backdrop of student demonstrations. ALL AFRICA