Free Expression Daily Digest: Tues., Feb 16

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Iran arrests cartoonist as free expression crackdown continues
Iranian authorities have arrested cartoonist Hadi Heidari and sent him to prison to complete a suspended jail sentence at Tehran’s Evin prison. Heidari was convicted two years ago for his cartoons and was sentenced to one year in jail. His current arrest is said to have stemmed from the original incident. REUTERS

Four journalists arrested in Bahrain while filming demonstration
A US journalist and three members of her film crew who were arrested in Bahrain on Sunday have been released after being charged with “illegal assembly with the intent to commit a crime.” An investigation was sparked by the journalists’ possession of cameras and computers while covering a demonstration.

French court rules Facebook can be sued for removing nude painting
An appeals court in France ruled Friday that Facebook can be sued for removing the account of a person who posted an image of a famous painting that depicts a nude woman. TIME

Alleged killer of Mexican journalist arrested in Veracruz
The presumed killer behind the murder of Mexican journalist Ana Flores Salazar was arrested in Veracruz on Saturday, the state’s governor said, as Mexico struggles with a wave of attacks on reporters. REUTERS

Egypt’s journalists union calls for general assembly to review new media laws
Egypt’s journalists’ syndicate called on Sunday for a general assembly on March 4 to discuss several issues including press freedoms and the recently proposed media and press law. AHRAM ONLINE

#SaveOurCinema campaign started to help revamp the ‘Censor Board’ in India
A trio of Redditors, inspired by the Save The Internet campaign, have taken it upon themselves to make sure Indian filmmaker Shyam Benegal’s committee to help revamp the Central Board of Film Certification, commonly referred to as the Censor Board, succeeds. THE HUFFINGTON POST