Free Expression Digest: Tue., June 14
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Street protests in Pakistan after shooting of transgender activists
The latest shooting of a transgender activist has triggered angry street protests in Pakistan, where officials are accused of turning a blind eye to a surge in violence against the marginalised community. Two transgender activists, Kashi, Alesha, were killed in the past month.
Imprisoned Saudi blogger hospitalized after hunger strike *PEN CASE LIST
Imprisoned blogger Raif Badawi has ended a hunger strike he began on Friday to protest his treatment in prison. In 2012, Badawi was condemned to receive 1,000 lashes and serve ten years in prison for criticizing the Saudi regime on his blog. CTV NEWS
Clinton calls on tech companies to help disrupt terrorist plots after Orlando attack
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said on Monday that if elected, she would pressure US technology companies to help intelligence agencies disrupt violent plots. She articulated plans for expanded online surveillance of potential extremist attackers, further stoking an international debate over digital privacy. THE GUARDIAN
Syrian activist shot by Islamic State fighters in southeast Turkey
Ahmed Abdulkader was shot in the head by two Islamic State militants and is being treated in the intensive care unit of Sanliurfa state hospital. Abdulkader was the head of a local newspaper and one of the founders of “Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently,” a campaign group against the radical militants. BUSINESS INSIDER
Bahrain rights activist Nabeel Rajab rearrested
Leading Bahraini human rights activist, Nabeel Rajab, has been rearrested in an early morning raid on his home in the village of Bani Jamra. Mr. Rajab, who founded the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, has served several prison sentences since helping lead a pro-democracy uprising in 2011. BBC NEWS
FOIA reform passes Congress in time for 50th anniversary
Congress has passed reforms to the Freedom of Information Act. Under the bill, agencies cannot withhold records unless another law prohibits their disclosure or the agencies articulate how disclosure will harm an interest protected by FOIA’s exemptions.
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