Free Expression Digest: Thurs., June 23
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Amjad Sabri: Pakistani Sufi singer shot dead in Karachi
One of Pakistan’s most famous and respected musicians, celebrated for devotional songs from a centuries-old mystic tradition, has been shot dead by Taliban gunmen in Karachi. A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, Qari Saifullah Mehsud, claimed responsibility for the killing and said Sabri was targeted because the group considered his music blasphemous, local media reported. THE GUARDIAN
Burma leader Aung San Suu Kyi bans use of Rohingya name for oppressed Muslims
Burma leader Aung San Suu Kyi has banned officials from using oppressed Muslims’ communal name, Rohingya. This follows a report issued by the top UN human rights official on Burma, Yanghee Lee, saying the Rohingya had been deprived of nationality and had undergone systematic discrimination and severe restrictions on movements.
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Google, privacy groups urge Congress not to expand federal hacking power
Technology companies and privacy groups are asking lawmakers to reject a proposed rule change to federal criminal procedure that would make it possible for judges to issue warrants to search computers located outside their jurisdiction. YAHOO NEWS
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. Eligio Ramos Zarate, reporter at El Sur that went by the pseudonym Guillermo Parie, was shot in the neck by two motorcyclists who are still unidentified as he was photographing the holdup of a convenient store nearby. TELESUR
Violence against Russia’s web dissidents raises fresh fears for internet freedoms
Beatings and arson attacks on social media users represents new frontier in Russia’s intimidation campaign of web dissidents, say analysts. Online freedoms have been under threat in Russia since the adoption of tough legislation regulating the internet, dubbed by some the “blacklist law”, early in president Vladimir Putin’s third term as president in 2012.
China cracks down on online comments, click-bait stories, foreign TV content
Ren Xianliang, deputy head of the Cyberspace Administration of China, said late on Tuesday that the watchdog wanted to carry out a large-scale cleanup of comments sections on news sites, and make it easier to report harmful content. CNBC