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Wave of journalist killings in Iraq

Four journalists have been assassinated in Mosul, the capital of Iraq’s Ninewa Province, since early October 2013. A local journalist told Human Rights Watch that security forces have a list of 44 journalists that armed groups in the area have targeted for assassinations. At the same time, Iraqi prosecutors have stepped up criminal prosecutions of journalists for defamation and have increased other harassment of journalists.

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Journalist detained for support women driving in Saudi Arabia

Human Rights Watch asked for the immediately release of a detained male journalist who expressed support for an end to the ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia. Officials should also stop harassing and trying to intimidate activists and women who defied the ban by driving on October 26, 2013.

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Five years blogging!

Five years blogging from this spot! Since my first post about the US presidential campaign, the first one for Obama, to this day, hundreds of stories have found a place in this blog. Comments, links, selected news about topics I considered interesting and I hope my readers and followers too.

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Spanish reporter kidnapped in Syria

Reporters Without Borders is very concerned about Marc Marginedas, a Spanish journalist who was kidnapped by Jihadi fighters near the west-central city of Hama on 4 September, his newspaper, the Barcelona-based El Periódico, revealed.

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Egypt wants press "that puts national interest on top"

Egypt’s interim president called in his meeting with journalists on Wednesday for “a media code of ethics that guarantees press freedom and professionalism” and said he aspires for “press that puts national interest on top.”

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Project O

With this post I’m participating in a forum on the topic of “opinions” and how the factors surrounding their formation may or may not differ according to country, nationality, or culture promoted by blogger aopinionatedman in his blog Harsh Reality at http://aopinionatedman.com

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NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, audit finds - The Washington Post

The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, according to an internal audit and other top-secret documents, The Washington Post reports. Here you have the link to the full report.

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Link: Washington Post to be sold to Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon

Washington Post to be sold to Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon – The Washington Post. Summary: The Washington Post Co. agreed Monday to sell its flagship newspaper to Amazon.com founder and chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos, ending the Graham family’s stewardship of one of America’s leading news organizations after four generations. Bezos, whose entrepreneurship has […]

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Saudi Arabia: 600 lashes and 7 years for a blogger

The founder of the Free Saudi Liberals website, Raif Badawi, has been found guilty of insulting Islam through his website and in comments he made on television in Saudi Arabia and sentenced to 600 lashes and 7 years in prison. He is already in prison but can appeal the sentence. Badawi, convicted of violating Saudi […]

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Facebook and its guidelines on hate speech and violence

Facebook has recently come under attack for failing to enforce its own guidelines on hate speech and violent imagery. The website is reacting. At the beginning of May, it reversed a decision not to remove a video which showed a man being beheaded as it did not break the social network’s policy. After that, the […]

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