Free Expression Daily Digest: Tues., Feb 23

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Tibetan blogger jailed for ‘endangering social stability’
A prominent Tibetan blogger known as Druklo has been sentenced to three years in prison on charges of inciting separatism and endangering social stability. THE GUARDIAN

Xi Jinping’s announces news policy: Chinese media must serve the party
The Chinese news media exists to serve as a propaganda tool for the Communist Party, and it must pledge its fealty to Mr. Xi, the Chinese president announced on a press tour this week. THE NEW YORK TIMES

Kazakhstan launches probe against media figure ahead of election
Kazakhstan’s anti-corruption agency is investigating the head of the journalists’ union Seitkazy Matayev over suspected theft and tax evasion, less than a month before a parliamentary election. REUTERS

Cairo gallery bemoans unprecedented censorship as it prepares to reopen
The director of one of Egypt’s most respected art galleries has warned it faces unprecedented censorship as it seeks to reopen to the public next month after being shut down by the authorities in December.

Court says Google can fight Canadian censorship ruling
Canada’s top court said Google can appeal a ruling last year that required it to censor search results not only on its Canadian search engine, but everywhere else too, including on FORTUNE

Indians protest in Delhi over sedition case
Thousands of students and teachers marched through the Indian capital Tuesday to protest the recent death of a student who faced caste discrimination and the arrest of a student leader on sedition charges.