Free Expression Digest: Mon., June 20
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Al-Jazeera journalists sentenced to death in Egypt
An Egyptian court has sentenced six people, including two Al-Jazeera journalists, to death, for passing documents concerning national security to the Qatar based TV network during the reign of the now ousted president Mohammed Morsi. INQUISITR
Local journalist killed in Garland, Texas
Jay Torres, a freelance journalist for La Estrella, was found dead this morning in the backyard of a Garland home after being reported missing since Friday. Torres covered stories for the Latino community of North Texas and spent time mentoring journalism students. CPJ
Police use tear gas against LGBT activists in Istanbul
Riot police have fired tear gas and rubber pellets to disperse an LBGT march in Istanbul that had been banned during Ramadan. Homosexuality is not a crime in Turkey, unlike many other majority-Muslim countries, but hostility towards gay people remains widespread.
Oaxaca journalist covering teacher’s strike shot dead
A journalist in Oaxaca was shot dead Sunday afternoon after covering the teacher’s blockade of a main highway. Violence against journalists in Mexico is among the worst in the world, with a reporter attacked every 22 hours. TELESUR
Burundi school kids arrested for defacing portraits of president
Hundreds of students have been suspended in recent weeks for defacing pictures of President Pierre Nkurunziza in textbooks. Entire classes have been suspended for the defiant doodles, 11 have been charged with insulting the head of state and at least four were this week arrested and taken into police custody. TIMES LIVE
Honduran activist wins human rights award
Ana Mirian Romero was recognized with the annual award for Human Rights Defenders by the European human rights organization, Front Line Defenders, for her struggle to protect indigenous lands against the corporate destruction of the environment in Honduras.
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