Free Expression Digest: Wed., July 27
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Photojournalist shot dead by ISIS while filming Libyan clashes
Abdelqadir Fassouk, a 28-year-old photojournalist, was shot dead while covering clashes. Fassouk was the second photojournalist killed in Libya over the past month.
Indian activist to end 16-year hunger strike
44-year-old activist Irom Sharmila, who has been on a hunger strike for nearly 16 years to protest military brutality, will end her fast to run in state elections.
Media crackdown in Hong Kong continues
Another two Hong Kong journalists have been arrested in China for running an illegal business, the same charge imposed on the five abducted booksellers last year. DIPLOMAT
School in Timor-Leste fines students who don’t speak Portuguese
The board of the Fatumeta Basic School has decided to fine students speaking any language but Portuguese, including Tetum, while on school grounds.
Macedonian media publisher dismisses 20 employees
Media Print Macedonia, the publisher of several daily and weekly newspapers, has fired 20 journalists in order to please the local government.
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Kosovo rejects Turkey’s request to punish journalist over coup comment
Kosovo has dismissed a request by Turkey to punish Berat Buzhala, a prominent journalist, over satirical comments he made about the failed coup attempt in Turkey. RADIO FREE EUROPE
Indian social activist wins Ramon Magsaysay Award
Activist Bezwada Wilson, who led a grassroots movement against the manual scavenging of excrement by India’s lower caste members, was one of the recipients of the 2016 Ramon Magsaysay Award. WALL STREET JOURNAL