Archive for the ‘Free speech’ Category

In the One-sided Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, It’s Hard to Get The Whole Story

While most courts in the United States are adversarial—each party presents its side and a jury, or occasionally a judge, makes a decision—in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), only the government presents its case to a judge. While typically two opposing sides work under public review to make sure all the facts are brought to light, in the FISC the system relies on a ... Full story

Thailand – Call for withdrawal of charges against Phuketwan journalists

Reporters Without Borders reiterates its call for the withdrawal of all proceedings against two journalists who are to be tried tomorrow in the southwestern province of Phuket on charges of contravening the Computer Crimes Act and defaming the Royal Thai Navy for quoting from a Reuters special report on the smuggling of Rohingya refugees from neighbouring Burma. The two journalists are Alan Morison, the Australian ... Full story

Algeria – Authorities urged to allow reporters to cover election freely

Reporters Without Borders urges the Algerian authorities to allow both Algerian and foreign journalists to freely cover tomorrow's presidential election. “We registered arrests of Algerian journalists during street protests against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's decision to run for a fourth term, and this does not bode well for their ability to cover this elections in an unimpeded manner,” said Lucie Morillon, head of research at Reporters ... Full story

Dear Web Developers: EFF Needs Your Help

Donate a Few Hours to Help Us Create a Free Software Backend for Contacting Congress, Make the World a Better Place for Digital Rights UPDATE (4/16/14): We're lowering the threshold for getting prizes, take a look below. For years, EFF has been helping concerned technology users contact Congress. The EFF community stopped SOPA, we fought back privacy-invasive cybersecurity proposals, we are championing software patent reform, and now ... Full story

Is the SEC Obtaining Emails Without a Warrant?

Updates to the email privacy law called the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) are long overdue. It's common sense that emails and other online private messages (like Twitter direct messages) are protected by the Fourth Amendment. But for a long time, the Department of Justice (DOJ) argued ECPA allowed it to circumvent the Fourth Amendment and access much of your email without a warrant. Thankfully, ... Full story

Tea Party, Taxes and Why the Original Patriots Would’ve Revolted Against the Surveillance State

Let’s just imagine we could transport an Internet-connected laptop back to the 1790s, when the United States was in its infancy. The technology would no doubt knock the founders out of their buckle-top boots, but once the original patriots got over the initial shock and novelty (and clearing up Wikipedia controversies, hosting an AMA and boggling over Dogecoin), the sense ... Full story

Syria – Three Al-Manar journalists killed near Damascus

Three Lebanese employees of Al-Manar, a TV station owned by Lebanon's Hezbollah, were fatally shot on 14 April, in Al-Maaloula, a Christian town 60 km south of Damascus. Al-Manar named the victims as reporter Hamza Al-Hajj Hassan, cameraman Mohamed Muntich and technician Halim Alouh. They were killed by shots fired by rebels still in Al-Maaloula after it was recovered by government forces backed by Hezbollah. ... Full story

EFF Supports CafePress Safe Harbor Claim

After seven years of litigation, the basic contours of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) safe harbors should be pretty well established. Unfortunately, a new front may have opened up in a case called Gardner v. CafePress, thanks to a mistaken and dangerous misreading of Section 512. With the invaluable assistance of Venkat Balasubramani, EFF, joined by the Center for Democracy ... Full story

Haïti – Danger of self-censorship after CONATEL warning to radio stations

Reporters Without Borders is alarmed by the communiqué that the National Telecommunications Council (CONATEL) issued on 8 April condemning “certain” radio stations that “systematically broadcast false information liable to disturb pubic order, destabilize the Republic's institutions and attack the integrity of many citizens.” The communiqué also reminded the media of the state's communications monopoly and the sanctions applicable to any breach of the conditions for ... Full story

Venezuela – TV journalist kidnapped three days ago, still missing

Reporters Without Borders is very relieved to learn that Nairobi Pinto, the Globovisión head of correspondants kidnapped by unidentified men on 6 April, was released unharmed yesterday. At a press conference a few minutes after her release, Pinto said she was not mistreated and thanked the local and international media for the publicity they gave to her abduction, which may have put pressure on her ... Full story