Free Expression Digest: Tue., June 21
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Turkey arrests journalists for ‘terror’ propaganda
Sebnem Korur Fincanci, an academic, and Turkish journalists Ahmet Nesin and Erol Onderoglu, who is a local representative of Reporters Without Borders, were placed in pretrial arrest on Monday over charges of disseminating “terrorist propaganda.”
THE NEW YORK TIMES
Hong Kong presses Beijing on case of missing booksellers *PEN Case List
Thousands marched in Hong Kong on Saturday to protest against China’s detention of five booksellers whose Hong Kong shop published books about Chinese leaders. The arrests prompted worries that the detention violated the “one country, two systems” formula under which the city returned to Chinese rule. REUTERS
Journalist couple attacked in Makassar, Indonesia
Digital journalists Arpan Rachman and Icha Lamboge were attacked on June 5 while attending an event at the mayor’s house. There have been 12 cases of journalist abuse thus far in 2016, including harassment while reporting, destruction of reporting tools, intimidation, and physical assault. GLOBAL VOICES ADVOX
Bangladesh police kill suspect in murder of bloggers and journalists *PEN Case List
Bangladeshi police have shot dead a militant named ‘Sharif’ they claim murdered blogger Avijit Roy and LGBT editor Xulhaz Mannan. Critics have accused Bangladesh of playing down the scale of the problem it faces, and refusing to admit terrorists operate within the country.
Proposals to curb online speech viewed as threat to open internet
At least a dozen countries are considering or have enacted laws restricting online speech, a trend that is alarming policymakers and others who see the internet as a valuable medium for debate and expression. Such curbs are called out as a threat to the open internet.
Russia enlists data operator to control internet user data
Russian state officials are concerned about big data. More specifically, the personal data of Russian Internet users. And they believe more legislation regulating how this data is collected, stored, and protected will help make Russians using the Internet safer. GLOBAL VOICES