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Legal News
7 Jul 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A UK judge on Monday sentenced [sentencing remarks, PDF] former News of the World features editor Jules Stenson to a four month suspended prison sentence for his role in hacking the phones of celebrities and government officials. Stenson pleaded guilty [Telegraph report] to charges of violating the Regulation of … [read more]


Academic Commentary
3 Jun 2015
by Amaury A. Reyes-Torres of Iberoamerican University

JURIST Guest Columnist Amaury A. Reyes-Torres, of Iberoamerican University in the Dominican Republic, discusses the constitutional questions the US Supreme Court justices are facing when deciding same sex marriage cases ... The case for equal marriage is the case of Constitution, tradition and time. We witnessed during the oral arguments … [read more]


Legal News
8 May 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Thursday reported that Palestinian authorities in the West Bank have begun to crack down on freedom of expression, detaining students for their political affiliations or political criticism. In the past six months, according to HRW, at least four West Bank students have … [read more]


Academic Commentary
12 Mar 2015
by Andrew Leipold of University of Illinois College of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Andrew D. Leipold of the University of Illinois College of Law, discusses the First Circuit's decision not to change venue in the Boston Marathon bombing trial...The claim that a local jury can't be unbiased in a case of this profile is intuitively appealing. Although Boston is a … [read more]


Legal News
2 Feb 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The head of the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) [official website], Irina Bokova [official profile], on Monday condemned [press release] the killings of Mexican journalist Moisés Sánchez Cerezo and Japanese freelancer Kenji Goto. Moisés Sánchez Cerezo was the owner and editor of the weekly magazine, La Unión, … [read more]


Legal News
31 Jan 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Friday urged [press release] Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to address human rights concerns in Zimbabwe and other parts of the African continent. AI wants Mugabe to utilize his position of Chairperson of the African Union (AU) [official website] to stabilize areas that have … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Thursday criticized [HRW report] the Ethiopian government, accusing it of systematically restricting media in anticipation of the country's May 2015 elections. The 76-page report, entitled "Journalism Is Not a Crime: Violations of Media Freedom in Ethiopia," indicates that the country's restriction on … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jan 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Wednesday spoke out against the attack against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo [corporate website], expressing his shock and appall at at the actions of the terrorists who carried it out. The attack was perpetrated by masked gunmen [NYT report] who entered … [read more]


Legal News
2 Nov 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The UN on Sunday observed the first International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists after the resolution [report, PDF] to do so was adopted in December of last year. The date commemorates the assassination of two French journalists, Gislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon, in Mali in 2013. … [read more]


Academic Commentary
16 Sep 2014
by Sandy Davidson of University of Missouri School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Sandy Davidson, of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and School of Law, discusses the recent revelations of Yahoo and the potential fallout...At least the Yahoo case has now shed a little sunshine on secret government surveillance. The US government, as part of its foreign surveillance … [read more]


Legal News
2 Sep 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] A group of UN human rights experts, including the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression, urged stronger protection [press release] Monday for journalists covering conflicts. The group said recent attacks, kidnappings, and arbitrary incarcerations need to be condemned and opposed by the international community. The experts … [read more]


Legal News
21 Aug 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy websites] released separate statements Wednesday condemning the execution of US journalist James Foley by the Islamic State (IS) [BBC backgrounder], formerly known as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, as a war … [read more]


Legal News
14 Aug 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] A court in Azerbaijan [official website] on Thursday upheld the pre-trial detention of top human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev. Aliyev was arrested in 2011 on charges including illegal commercial activity, tax evasion and abuse of power. Earlier this month he was jailed [BBC report] for at least three months. … [read more]


Legal News
8 Aug 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] A Hong Kong court has ruled [judgment, PDF] that Chinese businessman Dr. Albert Yeung Sau Shing [official profile], chairman of the Emperor Group conglomerate [corporate website], may continue his defamation suit against Google over the autocomplete function of the company's search engine which suggests links connecting Yeung to organized … [read more]


Legal News
3 Aug 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Journalists on Friday criticized the passage of a new law which restricts crime reporting within the state of Sinaloa [official website, in Spanish], located in northwestern Mexico. The legislation prohibits journalists from documenting a crime scene using audio or video [BBC report], essentially requiring journalists to rely on information … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jul 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] An Ethiopian court on Friday charged nine journalists with terrorism and inciting violence under Ethiopia's anti-terrorism law [text, PDF]. The journalists, including six bloggers, were arrested [HRW report] in April and have been prevented from accessing their families or legal counsel since their arrests. According to the Committee to … [read more]


Academic Commentary
11 Jun 2014
by Sandy Davidson of University of Missouri Schools of Journalism and Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Sandy Davidson of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and School of Law discusses removal of a person's past information from the Internet and the potential slippery slope this creates ... By recognizing in May "the right to be forgotten," the European Union's Court of Justice … [read more]


Features
7 May 2014

Bursting on the heels of the mobile technology revolution, social media later recaptured international attention for its abilities to disseminate information more quickly and directly than traditional news outlets during critical moments in popular upheaval. With smart technology readily accessible to the masses, recent uprisings have been organized, documented, and … [read more]


Legal News
23 Apr 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The Council of Europe [official website] released [press release, PDF] Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks's observations on the human rights situation in Azerbaijan on Wednesday revealing human rights issues including: freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and association and the right to property. The observations follow his report … [read more]


Professional Commentary
26 Feb 2014
by Ibrahim Saleh of University of Cape Town

JURIST Guest Columnist Dr. Ibrahim Saleh of the University of Cape Town says that a wide array of problems are currently plaguing Egypt and are severely hampering the nation's development...The fear and mistrust that result from violence and crisis limit people's perception of their political community and contribute to a … [read more]

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