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Angola: 17 book club members convicted, sentenced to jail
A group of 17 political activists known as the Luanda Book Club have been sentenced to jail after being convicted of plotting to overthrow Angola’s government, local media reported on Tuesday. THE WASHINGTON POST

Canadian judge orders VICE news journalist to hand over digital messages
An Ontario court has ruled that a VICE News reporter must hand over all communications between him and an Islamic State fighter to Canada’s federal police force. VICE NEWS

Egyptian author-journalist Ahmed Naji to receive PEN award
An imprisoned Egyptian author and journalist is being given the PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award, presented by PEN America. THE NEW YORK TIMES

Vietnam jails three women for ‘anti-state propaganda’
Three women in Vietnam have been jailed for making and distributing “anti-state propaganda”, local media said. Ngo Thi Minh Uoc, Nguyen Thi Tri and Nguyen Thi Be Hai had made and held up banners and flags at a demonstration in 2014 in Ho Chi Minh City. BBC NEWS

If Azerbaijan is a democracy, why were we imprisoned for our views?
While our president is in America being treated as a dignitary, scores of political prisoners languish in his country’s jails. Ilham Aliyev, the president of our country, Azerbaijan, is in Washington DC, attending a meeting with democratic leaders from around the world. But our country is not a functioning democracy. THE GUARDIAN

Brazilian radio reporter survives shooting
Brazilian radio journalist Jair Pereira Teixeira, who reported on crime and corruption in Forquilha, a city in northeastern Ceará state, survived after being shot on Sunday, according to news reports. Police arrested two suspected attackers Monday. COMMITTEE TO PROTECT JOURNALISTS