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EU rulings on whistleblowers and right-to-be-forgotten laws puts press freedom at risk

April 14, 2016 3:43 PM ET

European journalists were reminded today that their freedom to report is not only determined by national laws, but increasingly by European institutions. Today, after years of political battle, the European Parliament adopted the Passenger Name Record directive, the Data Protection Package, and the Trade Secrets Protection Act. The stakes...

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Why Spain's new gag law is threat to free flow of information

May 1, 2015 1:33 PM ET

On July 1 a public security law is due to come into force in Spain amid an increasingly vocal chorus of concern among the media and press freedom groups. The bill--dubbed the "ley mordaza," or "gag law," by opposition groups--would define protests in front of parliament and other government...

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EU 'right to be forgotten' ruling will corrupt history

June 4, 2014 3:27 PM ET

Google has taken its first public steps to comply with a troubling ruling by the European Court of Justice establishing a so-called "right to be forgotten" throughout the European Union. The ruling, on May 13, requires that search companies consider individuals' demands to remove Internet links that reference them, and...

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EU underscores support of free expression, but slights access to information

May 28, 2014 2:13 PM ET

A new document on freedom of expression and opinion, adopted May 12 by the 28 foreign ministers of the European Union, presses nearly all the right buttons. Drawing its inspiration from international human rights norms as well as from the EU's treaties and its charter of fundamental rights, the document...

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Morocco accuses Spain's El País of inciting terrorism

April 2, 2014 3:27 PM ET

Morocco's inclination for wielding terrorism accusations against journalists and news outlets who report on extremist groups has extended to Spain, where authorities are investigating El País newspaper and one of its journalists at the behest of the Moroccan government....

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The long shadow of Spanish politics over public media

August 20, 2012 1:00 PM ET

A recent wave of personnel changes at Spanish state-owned broadcaster Radio Televisión Española (RTVE) has raised concerns about political and ideological influence, with many fearing that journalists closer to the current conservative government are being promoted at the expense of those with alleged progressive views. It is the latest controversy...

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Expelled from Cuba jails, journalists languish in Spain

April 17, 2012 11:10 AM ET

In 2010, following midsummer negotiations between the Catholic Church and the government of President Raúl Castro, Cuban authorities began releasing imprisoned journalists, sending them into forced exile with their families. In April 2011, the last of more than 20 journalists arrived in Spain. They had been granted liberty and...

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Cubans exiled in Spain: Integration or disintegration?

April 17, 2012 10:08 AM ET

Desperate realities call for hope. It is not just a game of words, because you don't play with hunger and the future (my own and my family's). It is about going deeper into another version of circumstances. And seeing the rainbow where others see a gloomy sun and a...

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In Spain, police violence against press sparks concern

August 28, 2011 4:48 PM ET

Spanish press associations have expressed concern about recent episodes of police violence against journalists covering demonstrations against Pope Benedict's four-day visit to Madrid and protests staged as part of the anti-corruption 15-M movement....

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Cuban deadline passes for dissident releases: What next?

November 11, 2010 1:20 PM ET

Sunday marked the end of the four-month deadline Cuban President Raúl Castro had agreed to with representatives of the Cuban Catholic Church and the Spanish government to free 52 prisoners of conscience who remained in jail since the March 2003 crackdown against dissidents, known as the "Black Spring." The...

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