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Authorities ramp up pressure on media over banking disclosures
2015-01-21
Reporters without Borders
Bulgarian Financial Supervision Commission has imposed fines of up to 80,000 euros each on several newspapers for disclosing information about the banking sector. Reporters Without Borders deplores th...
China Deprives Uyghur Prisoner Right to Legal Counsel
2014-08-07
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is concerned that undue political pressure has been applied to a defence lawyer to make her withdraw from defending a Uyghur scholar accused of separa...
Editor, publisher charged with sedition in Bangladesh
2012-12-20
Committee to Protect Journalists
CPJ is deeply concerned by sedition charges leveled against Mahmudur Rahman, the acting editor and majority owner of the Bengali-language pro-opposition daily Amar Desh and the paper's publisher, Alha...
Gambia Authorities use trial to continue persecuting radio journalist
2015-09-17
Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders condemns the continuing harassment of Teranga FM radio manager Alagie Sisay, who is being tried in Gambia on charges of sedition.
IFJ Condemns Sentences Given to Al Jazeera English Journalists
2014-06-23
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has joined the world community to condemn today’s verdict by a Cairo court in the case involving journalists from Al Jazeera English
Judicial persecution of Bahraini news providers continues
2014-04-29
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders firmly condemns the five-year jail sentences that a court passed today on the photographer Hussain Hubail and the cyber-activist Jassim Al-Nuaimi. Seven other activists recei...
Justice Department finally stops harassing New York Times reporter
2015-01-21
Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that New York Times reporter James Risen will not be called to testify in the trial of Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA officer charged with leaking classi...
Mahjoub marks 14 years of being jailed without charge in Canada
2014-06-28
Justice for Mahjoub Campaign
A Toronto father of two and refugee from Egypt, Mohammad Mahjoub is marking 14 years of his detention without charge. Mr. Mahjoub is held under a ‘security certificate’, a highly criticized part o...
Politically-orchestrated trial ends in long jail terms
2014-06-23
Reporters Without Borders
In a sign of the Egyptian regime’s increasingly totalitarian nature, a Cairo court today passed sentences ranging from seven to ten years in prison on Al-Jazeera journalists Peter Greste, Mohamed Ad...
Supreme Court of Pakistan to indict TV chief and anchor for contempt
2014-10-20
International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) in expressing deep concern over the legal course against ARY News channel's CEO and its anchor ...

Sources Select Resources

Aaron Swartz and the Assault on Open Information
Malicious Government Prosecution
Geovanis, Chris
Article
2013
CounterPunch
The great corporate-supported push to hide essential, publicly funded information behind private firewalls and government secrecy, represents a breathtaking breach of the basic tenets of democracy.
Aaron Swartz and the Fight for Free Information
His Blood is on the Hands of the US Government
Martin, Abby
Article
2015
CounterPunch
It’s been just over two years since computer prodigy Aaron Swartz took his own life. He was the target of a merciless witch-hunt by the Department of Justice, ultimately choosing death over 35 years b...
Aaron Swartz and the Fight for Information Freedom
They Can't Stop the Movement
Lopez, Alfredo
Article
2013
CounterPunch
Aaron Swartz was a target of a deliberately vicious, sadistic government campaign in which the federal government wanted to make his pain an example to the entire progressive techie community. What's ...
Am I a bad feminist?
Atwood, Margaret
Article
2018
Globe & Mail
My fundamental position is that women are human beings, with the full range of saintly and demonic behaviours this entails, including criminal ones. They're not angels, incapable of wrongdoing. Nor do...
Authorities ramp up pressure on media over banking disclosures
Sources News Release
Article
2015
Reporters without Borders
Bulgarian Financial Supervision Commission has imposed fines of up to 80,000 euros each on several newspapers for disclosing information about the banking sector. Reporters Without Borders deplores th...
China Deprives Uyghur Prisoner Right to Legal Counsel
Sources News Release
Article
2014
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is concerned that undue political pressure has been applied to a defence lawyer to make her withdraw from defending a Uyghur scholar accused of separa...
Citizen-Journalist Fined for Telling the Truth
Brasch, Walter
Article
2015
Dissident Voice
The story of an injunction against against a journalist who dared to tell the truth.
Criminalizing Truancy
Should Kids be Jailed for Skipping School?
Fuentes, Annette
Article
2012
CounterPunch
American jurisdictions are increasingly turning to the criminal justice system to deal with truancy. Students and parents are being fined, and in some cases jailed, for missing school.
Cuadrilla versus The Nanas - #IamTinaRothery
Rothery, Tina
Article
2016
Ecologist
Thanks to fracking company Cuadrilla, grandmother Tina Rothery will be in court tomorrow over a £55,000 'debt' imposed on her for joining a peaceful occupation of a fracking site in Lancashire. But as...
Debs v. United States
Wikipedia article
Article
Debs v. United States, 249 U.S. 211 (1919), was a United States Supreme Court decision that upheld the Espionage Act of 1917. Eugene V. Debs was an American labour and political leader and five-time ...
Destroying the Commons
How the Magna Carta Became a Minor Carta
Chomsky, Noam
Article
2012
TomDispatch
Our rights and liberties are under ever-increasing attack.
A dramatic suicide in a 'court' of fake justice
Article
2017
RT
After a war crimes tribunal rejected his appeal, a Bosnian Croat general drank poison and died. His last words resonate with many in the Balkans, who regard the court as a tool of US and NATO that has...
Extraordinary Violence at 500 Pearl Street
The Sentencing of Jeremy Hammond
Tarrant, Anthony
Article
2013
Dissident Voice
On Friday, November 15, 2013, extreme violence with malicious intent was meted out by Federal District Court Judge Loretta Preska in the sentencing phase of 28 year old hacktivist Jeremy Hammond befor...
Guilty Until Proven Innocent: The Outrageous Abuse of Civil Asset Forfeiture
Krasovitzky, Laura
Article
2015
Alternet
Civil asset forfeiture violates civil and property rights, not to mention fundamental notions of justice. Now, finally, it's under increasing fire.
The ICC is now an instrument of imperialism
Pheko, Motsoko
Article
2015
Pambazuka, News
The Rome Statute is the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). The ICC was to be an international tribunal and intergovernmental organisation that would prosecute all individu...
Judicial persecution of Bahraini news providers continues
Sources News Release
Article
2014
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders firmly condemns the five-year jail sentences that a court passed today on the photographer Hussain Hubail and the cyber-activist Jassim Al-Nuaimi. Seven other activists recei...
Justice Department finally stops harassing New York Times reporter
Sources News Release
Article
2015
Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that New York Times reporter James Risen will not be called to testify in the trial of Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA officer charged with leaking classi...
Montreal spends $110,000 on private lawyers to fight challenge to anti-protest bylaw
There's room for austerity around everything except repression
McSorley, Tim
Article
2014
Media Co-op
As the city of Montreal tightens its belt-buckle and is cutting budgets, two Montrealers who are challenging the city's regulations around demonstrations are questioning the amount of resources the ci...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - October 16, 2014
Arms Trade
Diemer, Ulli (editor); Khan, Tahmid (production)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2014
Connexions
Topic of the week is the Arms Trade. Featured resources include The No-Nonsense Guide to the Arms Trade, an article on Israel's War Business, and the Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade. A new feature ...
The pursuit of Julian Assange is an assault on freedom and a mockery of journalism
Pilger, John
Article
2012
Four years ago, a barely noticed Pentagon document, leaked by WikiLeaks, described how WikiLeaks and Assange would be destroyed with a smear campaign leading to "criminal prosecution". We are witnessi...
Quotes about Law and Crime
Unclassified
Connexions
'Shariafication by stealth' in the UK
Patel, Pragna
Article
2014
Access to justice is being denied in the UK in the shadow of neoliberalism and religious fundamentalism. Minority women are being denied the right to participate in the wider political community as ci...
Supreme Court of Pakistan to indict TV chief and anchor for contempt
Sources News Release
Article
2014
International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) in expressing deep concern over the legal course against ARY News channel's CEO and its anchor ...
Terrorism, COINTELPRO, And The Black Panther Party
Angola 3 News
Article
2014
CounterCurrents.org
12 most absurd laws used to stifle occupy movement
Khalek, Rania
Article
2011
Truthout
Here are 12 desperate and unsuccessful measures the authorities are using to discourage, deter and crack down on peaceful protests.
Unlawful Dissent
New Laws Around the Globe Don't Curb Inequity, They Undercut Social Protests and Gag Free Speech
Warnke, Brett
Article
2012
CounterPunch
The state is increasingly encroaching upon dissent as social conditions worsen.
You are all suspects now. What are you going to do about it?
Pilger, John
Article
2012
A state of permanent war has been launched by the United States and a police state is consuming western democracy.


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