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Investigatory Powers Bill: what’s in it, and what does it mean?
Internet service providers in the U.K. will have to store the details of every website people have visited in the last 12 months if the new draft Investigatory Powers Bill is passed. British Home Secretary Theresa May reiterated that the powers were intended to allow security services to protect the public, and particularly children, against threats including terrorism, organized crime, and sexual predators. WIRED.CO.UK

Taliban claims killing of Pakistani journalist
Zaman Mehsud, 38, was a journalist working for the Pakistani Urdu newspaper Daily Umet and SANA news agency, and also worked for the independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. He was shot dead on Tuesday. Taliban commander Qari Saif Ullah Saif told Reuters: “We killed him because he was writing against us.” REUTERS

Zimbabwe police arrest fourth journalist in week
Takunda Maodza, Assistant News Editor at the Herald, was arrested on accusations that he took a bribe, the state-controlled newspaper reported. Maodza became the fourth reporter detained by police this week, following the jailing of three journalists who published a story that said Zimbabwean police were part of a criminal syndicate slaughtering elephants for their tusks in Hwange National Park. BLOOMBERG BUSINESS

Indonesia convicts two British journalists for visa violations
An Indonesian court sentenced two British television journalists to two and a half months in jail on Tuesday for violating immigration regulations by working with tourist visas. Neil Bonner and Rebecca Prosser were detained in May in Batam, a city south of Singapore, while making a documentary about piracy in the Malacca Strait. MASHABLE

U.S. press freedom questioned over removal of journalist from meeting
During a meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry in Uzbekistan, a Washington Post writer began asking President Islam Karimov about human rights in the country. Video shows U.S. and Uzbek security agents escorting the journalist from the room. The incident comes as the U.S. continues to press Turkey to take more steps for secure freedom of the press. DAILY SABAH

Nigeria rape report leads to threats
A Nigerian radio journalist has been threatened after reporting on an alleged rape case at a boy’s school in Kano, Nigeria’s second-largest city. Nasir Salisu Zango reported that three men visited his house on Oct. 29 claiming to be police officers and asked Zango to stop his coverage of sexual assaults on boys in Hassan Ibrahim Gwarzo Secondary School, threatening “consequences”. GLOBAL JOURNALIST

Mexico home to 1 in 3 journalist murders in Latin America
Mexico continues to be one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists, with one-third of all cases in the region happening in Mexico. One in every three murders of media and communication workers in Latin America happens in Mexico, making the country one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists, according to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. TELESUR

Houston voters reject measure barring LGBT discrimination
Houston voters struck down a non-discrimination ballot measure Tuesday, delivering a blow to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights movement that had campaigned heavily for passage. Prop. 1, known as Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance, would have barred discrimination on the basis of race, age, military status, disability, and 11 other categories in a variety of areas. HUFFINGTON POST

Fear and silence in Bangladesh as militants target intellectuals
So far this year, four bloggers and one publisher have been hacked to death in Bangladesh — a tiny number for a country with a population of around 160 million. But anonymous threats are common, and the cumulative psychological effect has been profound, prompting public figures to steer away from discussing the terrorist threat openly. NEW YORK TIMES