Free Expression Digest: Mon., June 27
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Kenya clamps down on journalists covering war on al-Shabaab
Yassin Juma was arrested for posting information about a recent attack on the Kenyan Defence Forces on his social media accounts. Kenyan authorities have increasingly prohibited circulation of online information on the basis of “improper use of a licensed communications system.” THE GUARDIAN
Bahraini human rights activist to be tried for tweets*PEN Case List
Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab will face trial for tweets condemning the Gulf Arab kingdom’s prison system and its involvement in the war in Yemen, and could face up to 13 years in prison. TECH
China moves closer to adopting controversial cybersecurity law
China moved closer on Monday to adopting a controversial cybersecurity law, which carries significant consequences for domestic and foreign business and threaten greater censorship. China enforces widespread controls over the internet that it has sought to codify in law.
Labor rights activist in critical condition after 50-day hunger strike
Labor rights activist Jafar Azimzadeh is in critical condition in Evin Prison after enduring a wet hunger strike for more than 50 days. Azimzadeh began his hunger strike to protest his prison sentence, claiming he was peacefully advocating for workers’ rights. IRAN HUMAN RIGHTS
Egypt bars female activist from traveling to human rights meeting
Egypt has banned a prominent female activist from travelling to a human rights meeting in Beirut, the latest step in a crackdown on free speech and dissent. Egypt has reopened a criminal investigation into a number of NGOs on suspicion of harming national security.
Hate-free speech vs. free hate speech
Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube, all involved in the European Union Internet Forum, have formulated a Code of Conduct on countering illegal hate speech online, despite declaring that they take pride in promoting and facilitating freedom of expression. THE HINDU