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New York Times Admits It Agreed to ‘Gag Orders’ in Israel

The New York Times finally admitted, briefly and offhand, that it agreed (long ago?) to gag orders in Israeli in exchange for press credentials.

Why has the British Ministry of Defence Tried to Ban Its Own Book on Afghanistan?

Attempts by democratic governments to ban books rarely work out well. If the book is banned on grounds of public morality (Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Tropic of Cancer), then the writer nearly always wins in the end and the government that tried to suppress their work is likely to end up looking puritanical, cloven-footed and often pig-ignorant.

Turkey to maintain YouTube block despite ‘free speech’ ruling

YouTube will remain blocked in Turkey in spite of a court order ruling that the ban is a violation of freedom of speech. The prohibition of social media in Turkey sparked public ire and mass protests against internet censorship.

Turkey’s constitutional court: Twitter ban violates free speech

The Twitter ban imposed by Turkey’s government violates freedom of expression and individual rights, said the country’s Constitutional Court after a unanimous vote on Wednesday. The ban caused mass protests and public uproar.

Ukrainian court bans Russian TV broadcast

The majority of Ukrainian providers have stopped broadcasting four main Russian TV channels in a move the Russian Foreign Ministry calls a violation of international obligations and an attack on media freedom.

Turkey's Twitter ban sparks outrage, Google refuses to block YouTube videos

Turkey’s block of social media site Twitter on Thursday, and threats to do the same against other sites, has led to outrage among those who see the "digital coup" as a blatant attempt to silence corruption allegations in the run-up to local elections.

Is AIPAC trying to stop you from seeing this video?

A new copy of a satirical version of an AIPAC policy conference promotional video has been posted online after YouTube shut down the account that posted the original video.

Watchdog slams 'illegal' draft security law

Spain's top legal watchdog has weighed into the heated debate about the country's tough draft Citizen Security law, saying proposals such as allowing private security firms to arrest people are unconstitutional.

Turkey’s new internet law: policing the online mall

Since the protests in Gezi Park eight months ago freedom of expression has coming under increasing attack, both on and offline. A new law now threatens digital civil society further, handing the government excessive and arbitrary power to monitor the web.

Critics of internet law demonstrate in Turkey

Riot police break up rally against legislation passed by parliament seen as limiting freedom of speech online.

Turkey police use tear gas to disperse protest against new internet controls

Turkish police have fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse crowds of protesters rallying against “draconian” internet laws approved by parliament.

Turkish paper says journalist expelled for criticizing Erdogan

A Turkish newspaper said on Friday one of its journalists had been ordered to leave the country for criticizing Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Twitter, raising concerns about media freedom a day after Turkey tightened internet controls.

Bahrain: 7yrs in jail for 'offending' king

If you don't think much of the King of Bahrain, maybe it's better to keep it to yourself - or else you could face 7 years in prison, thanks to some new laws to defend the monarchy. Previously, the punishment was a few days in jail, but now, any Twitter post, Facebook comment or casual disparaging word could land you a hefty term.

Bizarre Bahrain: 7yrs in jail for 'offending' king makes regime 'ridiculous & smelly'

Dieudonné gives Queen the quenelle after UK ban

French comedian Dieudonné M'bala M'bala on Monday answered Britain's decision to ban him from entry by giving Queen Elizabeth II his trademark quenelle salute, which he says is anti-establishment gesture, but critics say is anti-Semitic.

Dieudonné M'bala M'bala: French 'quenelle' comedian banned from UK

The controversial French comedian Dieudonné M'bala M'bala has been banned from entering Britain after several of his shows were cancelled in France.

Japan radio host quits after nuclear issues banned

A veteran radio show host has quit his job at Japan Broadcasting Corp. after the program director told him not to discuss nuclear power for fear his comments “would affect voting behavior” in the upcoming Tokyo gubernatorial election.

Nutty Yahoo calls for a "UN of the internet"

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said at the Cybertech conference in Tel Aviv that he wants to create a coalition of leading companies to turn the internet from a curse into a blessing.

German Court: Google must block Mosley orgy photos

A German court ruled on Friday that Google must block photos of a sadomasochistic orgy involving former Formula One boss Max Mosley. But the internet giant said it would appeal the ruling.

'Don't Touch My Internet' Protesters Met with Water Cannons

Protests against government takeover of internet receive violent response in Turkey.

Turkish police fire water cannon at rally against ‘Internet censorship’ law

Police used water cannon and fired teargas to disperse hundreds of protesters that gathered in Istanbul's central Taksim Square on Saturday for a rally calling against a bill that would tighten government control over the Internet.

France seeks to ban 'anti-Semitic' comedian

Controversial French comic Dieudonné M'bala M'bala – better known by his stage name “Dieudonné” – faces a possible ban from performing in public, following long-standing allegations that his routines are anti-Semitic.

Google: Surge in pressure from govts to delete chunks of the web

Governments, judges, cops and politicians are continuing to lobby Google to tear down online material critical of their operations, we're told.

The Toxic Impacts of GMO Maize: Scientific Journal Bows to Monsanto, Retracts anti-Monsanto Study

There exist rigid criteria for a serious scientific journal to accept a peer-reviewed paper and to publish it. As well there are strict criteria by which such an article can be withdrawn after publication.

The once-respected Elsevier Journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology has apparently decided to violate those procedures and has announced it is retracting a long-term study on the toxic effects of Monsanto Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)—GMO Maize–it published a year ago.

NYPD moves to limit public access to local crime information

Each of the 77 New York City police precincts have been ordered to stop providing the media with information about the crimes that take place under their jurisdiction in what is considered by critics as a severe curtailing of the city’s transparency.

Japan whistleblowers face crackdown under proposed state secrets law

Officials who leak 'special state secrets' and journalists who seek to obtain them could face prison if bill is approved this week.

BBC Won't Air Violinist's Comments on 'Israeli Apartheid'

The BBC will cut comments made by violinist Nigel Kennedy about “apartheid” in Israel when it broadcasts his concert on British television channels next week, Al Arabiya reported on Saturday.

UK MP suspended for calling Israel ‘apartheid state’

British Liberal Democrat MP David Ward has been suspended by the party after he posted a tweet, calling Israel an “apartheid state”.

Russia Today's Ruptly team detained filming Anonymous 'United Stasi of America' action

Staff of RT’s video agency Ruptly were detained for several hours by Berlin police while filming the Anonymous 'United Stasi of America' action. Despite the crew having official permission to work in the area, police attempted to confiscate the footage.

Former British MP condemns media ban on Iranian channels

Speaking on Press TV’s weekly debate program Comment, Conway said, “I just wonder as someone who’s been involved in politics for 40 years of my life, how you can preach about freedom of speech, if you don’t encourage it”.

UK Column Live - 13th November 2012

Brian Gerrish and Louise Collins present a news update including the Leveson Inquiry Tony Blair protester in court on Friday, Cameron no apology for arms dealing in the middle east, a British Lynx helicopter joins a French frigate for anti-piracy operations, gas prices manipulation and Leveson to reign in Twitter and Facebook.

UK Column Live - 13th November 2012


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