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Thai military court to release 14 student activists ahead of trial for anti-coup protest
A military court in Thailand said Tuesday it will release 14 student activists from detention but they will still face sedition charges — and the prospect of years in prison — for defying the junta’s ban on political gatherings. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Colombia govt threatens to imprison citizens who publish photos or videos of attacks
President Juan Manuel Santos and Prosecutor General Eduardo Montealegre on Friday announced that no audio or video material related to possible terrorist attacks may be published on social media, but must be surrendered to authorities. COLOMBIA REPORTS

Tunisia: state of emergency sparks fears over freedom restrictions
The state of emergency gives the army and police more authority and powers. According to a decree dating back more than 30 years, this exceptional measure can be used as a pretext to restrict the right of public assembly, the right to strike, and press freedom, warned several Tunisian human rights watchdogs. THE NORTH AFRICA POST

New Zealand is making trolling illegal
The country’s Harmful Digital Communications Bill has been approved by parliament last week and is expected to come into effect on Monday. It means people could be fined or sent to prison for using deliberately harmful, threatening or offensive language. BBC

Code specialists oppose U.S. and British government access to encrypted communication
An elite group of code makers and code breakers is taking American and British intelligence and law enforcement agencies to task in a new paper that evaluates government proposals to maintain special access to encrypted digital communications. THE NEW YORK TIMES

BU professor teaches a lesson in offensive speech
A Boston Globe columnist discusses the controversy surrounding Saida Grundy, a BU professor of sociology and African-American Studies, after a campus group calls for the professor’s dismissal because of views she expressed via social media about race and ethnicity. BOSTON GLOBE