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The dangers to national security whistleblowers
A new report released by PEN American Center has revealed a chaotic patchwork of protections for national security whistleblowers that leaves many intelligence community workers extremely vulnerable to retaliation and criminal prosecution. Suzanne Nossel, executive director of PEN American Center, and Katy Glenn Bass, the report’s supervisor, discuss the holes in the laws and regulations covering whistleblowing and why it poses high risks for national security workers and journalists. WNYC

Sikh-Canadian journalist wrongly ID’d as Paris terror suspect
A Spanish newspaper put a Sikh-Canadian journalist’s life at risk on Saturday after publishing a doctored photo to make him look like a Paris terror suspect holding a Qur’an and wearing a bomb vest. Veerender Jubbal’s original photo was a selfie he took holding an iPad and wearing a plaid shirt. HUFFINGTON POST CANADA

Myanmar: Jailed students agree to halt hunger strike after 26 days
Seven jailed students who went on hunger strike to protest their continued detention over education reform protests agreed to break their 26-day fast this morning, 7Day reported. Some, suffering serious health problems, had been rushed to Yangon General Hospital. Dozens of students remain behind bars after a crackdown on education reform protests in March of this year. COCONUTS YANGON

Italian journalist declines to appear before Vatican probe of leaked documents
One of the journalists whose exposure of Vatican mismanagement made headlines is refusing to appear before magistrates to be questioned in a criminal case over leaked confidential documents. In a statement, Gianluigi Nuzzi accused the Vatican legal system of punishing journalists and criminalizing the publishing of news. NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Angolan activists charged with rebellion against state over book reading
Seventeen young Angolan activists were charged with rebellion against the state yesterday for organizing a reading of a U.S. academic’s book. The campaigners were detained in June after organizing a reading of Gene Sharp’s “From Dictatorship to Democracy: A Conceptual Framework for Liberation.” The book’s blurb describes it as “a blueprint for nonviolent resistance to repressive regimes”. THE GUARDIAN

Iran arrests cartoonist as crackdown on free expression goes on
Iranian authorities have arrested a cartoonist and sent him to prison to complete a suspended jail sentence, joining a growing list of journalists, artists, and activists detained on security charges. Hadi Heidari, a cartoonist at the Shahrvand newspaper, was sent to Tehran’s Evin prison, his lawyer said on Tuesday. REUTERS

Radio journalist denied entry to Philippines to cover APEC
The journalist, who had traveled to the Phillipines to cover the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, was among nine local reporters who were blacklisted by the Philippines in November of last year, after some of them confronted Philippines President Benigno Aquino III at an APEC summit in Bali in 2013, in connection with the 2010 Manila hostage crisis in which eight Hongkongers were killed and seven were injured. HONG KONG FREE PRESS

Uganda: TV journalist shot in the head, in critical condition
A journalist working with a private station, Delta TV, Isaac Kugonza, was shot by police on Monday during a scuffle between police and supporters of Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago. Isaac is the third journalist to be shot while covering political events in Uganda in less than two months. HRNJ-UGANDA

Trial dates set for journalist in possession of bulletproof vest in Thailand
A Thai court has set trial dates for a Hong Kong-based photojournalist arrested in August on charges of violating Thai law for possessing a bulletproof vest and helmet after covering a bombing at a Bangkok shrine. The arrest of Hok Chun Anthony Kwan, 30, has drawn sharp criticism from journalist organizations in Hong Kong, as well as from the Asian American Journalists Association, of which Kwan was a member in college. NBC NEWS