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Secrecy, scale of PRISM raise alarms

June 7, 2013 7:19 AM ET

Government surveillance of electronic communications "should be regarded as a highly intrusive act that potentially interferes with the rights to freedom of expression and privacy and threatens the foundations of a democratic society," Frank La Rue, U.N. special rapporteur...

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Facebook joins Global Network Initiative

May 22, 2013 12:00 PM ET

With more than a billion users, Facebook is not only the biggest global social network but also an increasingly important forum for journalists. In some repressive countries it has even served as a publishing platform for journalists whose newspapers...

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Challenged in China

March 11, 2013 5:55 PM ET

3. Made in China: Models for media and censorship By Danny O’Brien and Madeline Earp As the founding editor, in 2005, of the Liberian online investigative news site FrontPage Africa, Rodney Sieh has fought off lawsuits, imprisonment, and death threats....

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Attacks on the Press: Press Braces as Iran Vote Looms

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

The 2009 vote seemed open for the press. Then came the brutal crackdown. By D. Parvaz...

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Egyptian court bans YouTube for one month

February 11, 2013 5:37 PM ET

The Cairo Administrative Court ordered the government-run National Telecommunication Regulation Authority (NTRA) on February 9, 2013, to ban YouTube for one month after the website failed to remove a video widely considered anti-Islamic, according to news reports. Similar judicial attempts...

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As censorship wanes, cyberattacks rise in Burma

February 11, 2013 11:29 AM ET

Cyberattacks on news websites and apparent government hacking into journalists' email accounts have raised new questions about the integrity of media reforms in Burma. The New York Times reported on Sunday that several journalists who regularly cover Burma-related news...

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Yahoo HTTPS mail not a moment too soon, nor too late

January 9, 2013 5:50 PM ET

I remember sitting with a Yahoo employee in 2009, talking about the lack of protective encryption on Yahoo's Web mail accounts. Like many, the employee had been caught up in the news of how Iranians were using the Internet to...

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Iran steps up its campaign against the press

October 3, 2012 5:14 PM ET

New York, October 3, 2012--In a flurry of new anti-press actions in Iran, a jury has voted to convict a Reuters bureau chief on anti-state charges while authorities have jailed the head of the state's official news agency, blocked Google...

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For India, celebrations not in order on Singh's birthday

September 27, 2012 5:38 PM ET

This week, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh marked his 80th birthday. He spent the day, Wednesday, in the company of family and at public events, according to news reports. "There are no celebrations. He prefers to be with his...

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