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French music journalist describes Le Bataclan escape
A freelance French music journalist who escaped the Bataclan terrorist shooting on Friday night spoke to MSNBC on Sunday. Explaining the inventive way he and several others seated in the balcony made it out of the Eagles of Death Metal show alive, he credits his survival to being “slow” and not making it to the main exit as fast as others. BILLBOARD

Dispatches: Reaffirming the importance of defending human rights
This past month has seen a sudden proliferation of horrific attacks on ordinary people apparently committed by the self-described Islamic State, or ISIS. Between the slaughter in Paris, the bombs in Beirut, Baghdad, and Ankara, and the downing of a Russian airline over the Sinai, we are seeing an intensification of the random use of violence against the general population to score political points. HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH

Germany says it will (mostly) stop spying on EU citizens and institutions
The German government plans to make it illegal for the country’s intelligence agency, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), to spy on citizens or institutions in EU countries. This follows revelations that the BND has been helping the NSA to snoop on European politicians and companies. ARS TECHNICA UK

Press syndicate calls for release of Egyptian journalists
Abdel Rahman Mohammed, a journalist at the national company for distribution, and Sobhy Shoaib were arrested on Sunday by “dawn visitors”. The Freedoms Committee of the Press Syndicate condemned the arrests and called for an investigation into the methods of detainment and the accountability of those responsible. DAILY NEWS EGYPT

UK press watchdog urged to act against media slurs on Muslims
Some media, influential lawyers, and community groups have asked the UK press watchdog to start considering cases of discrimination against groups of people following “grossly irresponsible” coverage of Muslim issues. Britain’s Independent Press Standards Organisation does not currently have the power to pursue complaints of discrimination against groups of people, such as those of Muslim faith, if no individual is specified in an offending article. AL ARABIYA NEWS

Agency to remove art by Native American activist prisoner
A Washington state agency plans to remove four paintings by an inmate serving time for killing two FBI agents after former law enforcement officers complained about the artwork’s inclusion in a lobby art exhibit. The paintings were done in prison by Leonard Peltier, 71, a Native American activist who is serving two consecutive life sentences in the deaths of the agents during a 1975 standoff on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. SF GATE

Anne Frank’s father becomes ‘co-author’ in copyright move
The move has a practical effect: It extends the copyright from Jan. 1, when it is set to expire in most of Europe, to the end of 2050. Extending the copyright would block others from being able to publish the book without paying royalties or receiving permission. THE NEW YORK TIMES

Why does Facebook keep censoring atheists in India?
Users in India who tried to visit a 13,000-member athiest Facebook group last week were hit with a message that the content was “unavailable.” It was not the first time a Facebook page for atheists had been censored in the secular state. In June, another atheist Facebook group was reportedly labeled “unsafe” and its members were unable to share its content. FUSION