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Academic Commentary
14 May 2015
by Roy S. Gutterman of S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST guest columnist Roy S. Gutterman of the Syracuse University College of Law discusses recent changes to Malaysian sedition law...Sedition, laws criminalizing criticism of a monarchy or government, is not as anachronistic as knights in shining armor or a moat around the castle. In fact, in many countries around the … [read more]

Legal News
10 Apr 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The Parliament of Malaysia [official website, in Malay] on Friday announced a change to the country's sedition law, which will strengthen government intervention upon seditious activity. Malaysia's original sedition law [BBC backgrounder] banned acts and speech expressing contempt against the government or any of Malaysia's royal sultans and called … [read more]

Legal News
3 Apr 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] A Malaysian cartoonist known for his political caricatures was charged Friday with nine counts of sedition over a series of tweets criticizing the country's judiciary. Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, popularly referred to as Zunar, could be sentenced [AP report] to up to 43 years in jail if found guilty on … [read more]

Legal News
16 Feb 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Danish police on Sunday arrested two individuals suspected to have aided a gunman in the Copenhagen attacks that left two dead over the weekend. On Saturday a 22-year-old gunman, whose name has not yet been released, opened fire [WP report] at a cultural center that was hosting cartoonist Lars … [read more]

Legal News
26 Jan 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] A Turkish court on Sunday ordered a ban on Facebook pages that contain materials insulting the Prophet Muhammed. The Golbasi Duty Magistrate Court ruled that Facebook would be blocked in Turkey if the order is not implemented. The Anadolu Agency [official website], Turkey's official press agency, reported that the … [read more]

Legal News
15 Jan 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Pakistani lawmakers on Thursday passed a resolution and rallied outside parliament to protest the publication of images of Islam's Prophet Muhammad in French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo [media website, in French], which was attacked by extremists last week. Pakistan and other Muslim nations have condemned last week's attack, which … [read more]

Legal News
14 Jan 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A Turkish court on Wednesday banned access to websites showing the new cover of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo [media website], which features a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad. The court's prohibition of access to the sites is reportedly in response [AP report] to a petition filed by a … [read more]

Academic Commentary
28 Jun 2014
by Roy Gutterman of Tully Center for Free Speech at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University
edited by Brent Nesbitt

JURIST Guest Columnist Roy Gutterman of the Tully Center for Free Speech at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University comments on the recent Supreme Court decision in Aereo v. American Broadcast Companies, and provides insight into the world of Copyright Law ... The Supreme Court may … [read more]

17 Oct 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark

In 1812, the Boston Gazette published an editorial cartoon in response to a redistricting plan signed into law by Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry. The cartoon depicted a portion of Essex County in Massachusetts seemingly haphazardly drawn into a district that would benefit Gerry's Democratic-Republic party. The newly drawn district resembled … [read more]

Legal News
3 Oct 2012
by Keith Herting

[JURIST] Representatives for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] voiced their concern Tuesday over Iran's recent crackdown on activists speaking out within the nation. The OHCHR is most notably concerned by the September arrest of human rights lawyer Mohammad Ali Dadkhah. According to … [read more]

Legal News
4 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The Glostrup City Court on Monday sentenced four men to 12 years in prison for their attempt to kill people inside the office of Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten (JP) [media website]. Mounir Ben Mohamed Dhahri, Munir Awad, Omar Abdalla Aboelazm and Sabhi Ben Mohamed Zalouti, all Swedish residents of African … [read more]

Legal News
18 Feb 2012
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] A New Delhi court on Saturday confirmed the Indian National Investigation Agency (NIA) [official website] charges against US citizen David Headley and eight others, including Canadian citizen Tahawwur Rana, for their roles in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The agency accused [press release, PDF] … [read more]

Legal News
15 Feb 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] Mullah Krekar, the founder of the Iraqi Kurdish Islamist group Ansar Al Islam [CFR backgrounder], pleaded not guilty before a Norwegian district court on Wednesday to charges of condoning suicide bombings and making death threats against politicians. The prosecutor in the case, Marit Bakkevig, declared that Krekar, who has … [read more]

Professional Commentary
10 Feb 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Per Lægreid of the University of Bergen argues that Norwegian anti-terror laws should not be expanded to individuals planning terror attacks and that when faced with the choice between upholding individual liberties and attempting to prevent terror, individual liberties must prevail...The new threat from terrorism seems to … [read more]

Legal News
30 Jan 2012
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] A Norwegian court on Monday convicted two men accused of planning an attack against the Danish newspaper that published a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad. This is the first conviction under Norway's anti-terror laws [AP report]. Both defendants, Mikael Davud and Shawan Sadek Saeed Bujak, were found guilty in … [read more]

Academic Commentary
4 Oct 2011

JURIST Guest Columnists Micah Berman of New England Law | Boston, Kathleen Dachille of the University of Maryland School of Law, and Julie Ralston Aoki of William Mitchell College of Law say that the opinion in Sorrell v. IMS Health Inc., while troubling, will have minimal impact on well-drafted public … [read more]

Legal News
1 Sep 2011
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] Director General of the UN Educations, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) [official website], Irina Bokova [official website], expressed concern Thursday over the abuse of journalists in Syria [press release]. She stated: "Torture and detention will never convince the people of Syria that might is right. It is essential for … [read more]

Academic Commentary
29 Jun 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Roy Gutterman of Syracuse University says that the Supreme Court's recent ruling on violent video games, in conjunction with prior First Amendment jurisprudence, maintains necessary constitutional safeguards for speakers and listeners... The beeps and blips of today's modern video games, complete with graphic and sometimes interactive depictions … [read more]

Legal News
23 Jun 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] A Danish court on Wednesday sentenced Somali Islamist Muhideen Mohammed Geele to an additional year in prison [Stiftstidende Reuters, in Danish] for his 2010 attack on Kurt Westergaard, illustrator of the controversial 2005 cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] as a suicide bomber. Geele had … [read more]

Legal News
10 Jun 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] A federal jury on Thursday convicted Tahawwur Hussain Rana, a Chicago resident with Canadian citizenship, on two counts of planning to attack a Copenhagen newspaper, but found him not guilty on charges of helping to plan the 2008 Mumbai terror attack [BBC Backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Rana was found … [read more]

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