Tag: freedom of expression

by Ben DeJarnette

Lizzy Acker is no stranger to harassment in the comments section. As web editor at the alternative newspaper Willamette Week in Portland, Oregon, Acker used to spend untold hours breaking up vitriolic cyber-fights, censoring hateful comments and trying to moderate a digital trollosphere that never goes to sleep. “There were certain people who spent more […] more »

by Sue Robinson

My newsfeeds on various social media platforms erupted last week after video emerged of University of Missouri Assistant Professor Melissa Click organizing a crowd of protesters to physically exclude a University of Missouri senior and freelance photographer, Tim Tai, and other journalists from their “safe space.” The problem was this safe space happened to be […] more »

by Mark Glaser

When most people think of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern they think of the Evanston, Illinois, campus just north of Chicago. But there’s another campus of undergraduate students earning degrees at Medill a world away — in Qatar’s Education City. It’s a strange little incubator of Western education, with six different American schools […] more »

by Jean-Paul Marthoz

Until the last moment, the opponents of a very controversial French intelligence bill tried to be heard. Early this month, on the eve of the vote, activists kept calling deputies to convince them to reject the bill. They had no chance, however, since the Socialist government could count on a solid majority from both mainstream […] more »

by Jillian C. York

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) released its annual “Enemies of the Internet” index last week — a ranking first launched in 2006 intended to track countries that repress online speech, intimidate and arrest bloggers and conduct surveillance of their citizens. Some countries have been mainstays on the annual index, while others have been able to work their way off the list. Two […] more »

by Julie Posetti

What action should media employers take when one of their journalists crosses the line on Twitter? And what are the implications for freedom of expression when a news organization seeks to sack, or censor, a journalist over an independently published tweet? These are questions I’ve been pondering as I complete my Ph.D. dissertation on the […] more »

by Julie Posetti

Australia’s government is saying that Twitter has bowed to political pressure in response to a tabloid media campaign against trolling and flaming on the service. A spokesperson for the Australian Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has told PBS MediaShift that following a teleconference this week between Twitter’s head of global public policy Colin Crowell, the Minister’s […] more »

by Simon Roughneen

RANGOON, Burma — It is a sign of the times that a journalist in Burma is writing about a freedom of expression clampdown in a neighboring country. With around 80 political prisoners freed in another amnesty on September 17 and with new Information Minister Aung Kyi announcing that the recently formed country’s press council would […] more »

by Julie Posetti

Rupert Murdoch’s toxic News of the World legacy has the potential to undermine press freedom in his country of birth — Australia — where the national government is considering recommendations for the regulation of all news content … including low-traffic blogs. What started with a phone-hacking scandal in the U.K. rolled into a debate about […] more »

by Courtney Lowery Cowgill

The Electronic Frontier Foundation and Craigslist founder Craig Newmark want more people to know how important Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA 230) is in protecting free speech on the Internet. To that end, the EFF and Newmark’s craigconnects initiative released this infographic to highlight the importance of the federal law. Newmark said […] more »