Free Expression Digest: Wed., July 13
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Zimbabwean editor shot in Lesotho
Llyod Mutungamiri, the editor of two newspapers in Lesotho, was shot on Saturday night for his critical reports of the government of Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili. This murder is one of many recent attacks targeted toward those who oppose the new regime. NEW ZIMBABWE
Detroit police arrest people for criticizing cops on Facebook and Twitter
Four men in Detroit were arrested over the past week for posts on social media that criticized cops. Five police officers were killed in the Dallas shootings, and as a result, law enforcement officials everywhere are much more sensitive to threats against their lives. INTERCEPT
Algerian journalist sentenced to two years in prison
Algerian journalist Mohamed Tamalt has been sentenced to two years in prison and an $1,800 fine for insulting President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on a Facebook page. Tamalt’s sentence is the latest in a series of worrying signs for Algeria’s press. DAILY REPORTER
Thai police raid news office critical of government
Police in Thailand raided Prachatai website’s office in Bangkok to search for leaflets criticizing a draft constitution proposed by the country’s military government. This follows three days after the arrest of website reporter Taweesak Kerdpoka. DAWN
Egypt’s latest tactic against critics: block their movements, or deport them
Since 2013, more than 500 activists, lawyers, and reporters have been deported, barred from travel or temporarily detained at Egyptian airports. Other Egyptian dissidents have suffered through detentions, torture and enforced disappearances over the past year.
NEW YORK TIMES
Peru’s defense minister faces possible impeachment for journalist intimidation
Peru’s Congress will vote whether to impeach defense minister Jakke Valakivi for his attempt to charge journalists with treason. Valakivi had requested treason charges against three journalists, stating the journalists published a classified report alleging corruption in the military. PERU REPORTS
Will FADA hit gay rights in the name of free speech?
Just as opposition to same-sex marriage is protected by the bill, so is the belief “that sexual relations are properly reserved” to marriage between one man and one woman. The effect of the legislation, cloaked in the rhetoric of freedom of speech and religion, could be widespread.
THE WASHINGTON POST