Free Expression Digest: Wed., June 15
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Turkey blocks access to social media over hostage photos
In the latest crackdown on social media in Turkey, the country banned access to Twitter and YouTube after images of a prosecutor held hostage by far-Left militants were published by media and users on Monday. Twitter and Facebook have complied with the court ruling.
Journalist held without charge in Bangladesh
Shafik Rehman, an elderly British-Bangladeshi journalist and former speechwriter for the opposition Bangladesh National Party, is facing a potential death sentence has been denied bail by a Bangladesh court. He had been arrested on a charge of sedition two months ago and has remanded in custody. THE GUARDIAN
Singapore plans to restrict internet access for public servants
Instead of installing security systems or better securing infrastructure, Singapore’s government plans to simply restrict Internet access in government offices. The plan, which is called ‘Public Service’s Internet Surfing Separation Initiative,’ will be fully implemented by June 2017.
Donald Trump continues media blackout
Trump’s announcement that he is barring Washington Post journalists from his events follows similar bans he put on reporters from Politico, Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, Gawker, Foreign Policy, and more. News outlets are left with a stark choice: your ratings or your responsibility as journalists in a free society? THE WASHINGTON POST
Incendiary memoir by Chinese rights lawyer reaches bookshelves abroad
In his book, Gao Zhisheng, a Chinese human rights lawyer, describes his time as a prisoner from 2009 to 2014, when he was released and sent to his home in the northwestern province of Shaanxi to live under round-the-clock police surveillance with his older brother, a farmer.
THE NEW YORK TIMES
Does Facebook really need journalism?
What people outside of the media industry may not realize is that Facebook drives more than 40 percent of traffic to news sites, making media companies heavily reliant on the tech giant for the kind of attention that ostensibly gets converted into ad dollars. THE ATLANTIC