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Azerbaijan: Prosecutors complete investigation into case of jailed journalist Khadija Ismayilova *PEN Case List 
The criminal investigation into the case of jailed investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova has been completed by Azerbaijani prosecutors. The development means that her lawyers will now have access to the authorities’ evidence against her. OCCRP

Inside Iran: Tehran’s censorship of the Internet
Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, and Iranian President Hassan Rowhani, are all on Twitter. But Iran’s citizens are not. Twitter remains one of the 15,000 websites banned in Iran – including Facebook and YouTube. AL ARABIYA

Myanmar’s media stifled by climate of fear ahead of crucial elections
As Amnesty International shows in a new briefing, the past two years in Myanmar have been marked by an intensifying crackdown on media freedom and free speech. Authorities are increasingly harassing, threatening and throwing journalists into prison to silence “inconvenient” coverage. THE DIPLOMAT

Egypt’s attacks on press freedom unprecedented, says watchdog
A new report by the Committee to Protect Journalists reveals that journalists face unprecedented threats in Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi’s Egypt, with the highest number behind bars in the country since it began keeping records in 1990. The report details the incarceration of 18 Egyptians. THE GUARDIAN

Twitter official says Turkey tops list of content removal requests
A senior official from Twitter has said Turkey takes first place in content removal requests in the world, underlining that the microblogging company is closely following the government pressure on the social media in the country. TODAY’S ZAMAN

Turkey: Journalist investigated for criticizing Erdogan
A US-based correspondent for the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet may be facing libel charges after writing a book that criticizes Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Istanbul’s chief prosecutor is investigating journalist Tolga Tanis, after Erdogan’s lawyer filed a petition accusing him of undermining the reputation of the president. OCCRP

PACE election report notes media freedom a serious concern in Turkey
In its observation report of the June 7 Turkish election, the Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) of the Council of Europe stressed that media freedom is an area of “serious concern,” noting that a number of media outlets and individual journalists critical of the ruling party were subjected to pressure and intimidation during the election campaign. TODAY’S ZAMAN

France passes sweeping new spying law
France passed a new law on Wednesday allowing authorities to access, without authorization from a judge, the digital and mobile communications of anyone suspected of possible terrorist activity. GLOBAL POST

EU: Address China’s downward spiral on rights
European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Junker should underscore the EU’s Strategic Framework on Human Rights by placing those issues at the center of the EU-China summit, Human Rights Watch said in a letter today. HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH

Poland: Journalist Lukasz Masiak fatally beaten
After Polish journalist, Lukasz Masiak, was murdered, Index on Censorship calls on the EU and member governments to make protecting journalists a priority. Masiak, who had been subject to numerous threats believed to be connected to his work, died of traumatic brain injury after being assaulted. INDEX ON CENSORSHIP