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Legal News
2 Nov 2015
by Alexis Wheeler

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] urged greater protection for journalists' rights [text] and honored journalists and media workers killed in the line of duty as he marked the second observation of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists [official website] on Monday. Ban noted, "[m]ore than … [read more]

Legal News
15 Sep 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US government, on order from federal judge Gladys Kessler [professional profile], has released eight redacted videos showing forced feedings at Guantanamo Bay prison. The videos, released to the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] as part of former prisoner Abu Wa'el Dhiab's suit against … [read more]

Professional Commentary
4 Aug 2015
by David A. Cortman of Alliance Defending Freedom
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist David A. Cortman, senior counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom, discusses the implications of the Supreme Court decision in Reed v. Town of Gilbert... 

The government is relatively good at some things: protecting its citizens through police and fire departments, collecting and spending money (sometimes too good) and … [read more]

Legal News
5 Jul 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Egyptian officials on Sunday stated that Egypt may pursue legal action against journalists who report information on terrorist attacks that contradicts official government statements. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi [BBC profile] is expected to approve a draft law [AFP report] already passed by the cabinet which would punish such … [read more]

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
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]

Legal News
17 Apr 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The Thai Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) announced on Friday the completion of the first draft of a potential constitutional charter and its submission to an advisory council for review. The new document would replace the one voided nearly a year ago by military coup and could be ratified as … [read more]

Student Commentary
15 Apr 2015
by Cliff Mason of Valparaiso University Law School
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Cliff H. Mason II, Valparaiso University School of Law, Class of 2016, discusses whether a racist chant performed by fraternity members of the Oklahoma University is protected under the First Amendment, or the university president has the capacity to act ... "You can hang them from a … [read more]

7 Apr 2015
by Megan Miller

The principle that net neutrality advocates is that all internet providers should not discriminate or charge differently for any sort of data, including platform, user, content or any other category. With open internet, services providers such as Verizon, Comcast, Time Warner and others would not be allowed to charge for … [read more]

Legal News
1 Apr 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha [BBC backgrounder] announced [press release] Wednesday that the country's military government will lift martial law in place since May and replace it with a new security order. The new order has garnered significant criticism to the almost unlimited power granted to the already powerful … [read more]

Legal News
31 Mar 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha [BBC backgrounder] on Tuesday announced plans to revoke the country's long-standing Martial Law Act BE 2457 (1914) [text, PDF; JURIST report], calling on King Bhumibol Adulyadej [BBC backgrounder] for approval. The country has been under the rule of martial law since then-General Prayuth staged … [read more]

Legal News
30 Mar 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Eight rights groups on Monday expressed concern [press release] over a plan by Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha[BBC profile] to ease the Martial Law Act BE 2457 (1914) [text, PDF; JURIST report] and replace it with Section 44 of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand (Interim), BE 2557 … [read more]

Legal News
24 Mar 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] India's Supreme Court [official website] struck down [judgment, PDF] a law on Tuesday that gave authorities the power to jail people for offensive online posts. Bloggers, writers and rights groups challenged India's Information and Technology Act after arrests were made across the country for statements posted on social media. … [read more]

Legal News
17 Mar 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha [BBC backgrounder] called Tuesday for a limit to the use of martial law that has been in place since May. Under martial law, all political protests have been banned and the military possesses unbridled authority to arrest and detain citizens. Prayuth stressed that the … [read more]

Legal News
16 Mar 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Four Thai activists will face military court on charges of violating junta orders banning public gatherings. The activists are members of a group called Resistant Citizen, which has held demonstrations around Bangkok protesting against military rule. Prosecutors have asked the men to report on March 27 to decide if … [read more]

Legal News
7 Mar 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) [advocacy website] on Friday said it is considering appealing [press release] a ruling [opinion, PDF] by the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania [official website], which upheld a Pittsburgh Ordinance [PDF, Ordinance No. 49] that imposes a 15-foot buffer zone restricting free … [read more]

Legal News
13 Feb 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Friday urged [press release] Thailand's National Legislative Assembly to reject a proposed amendment to the Military Court Act that would allow the government to detain civilians up to 84 days without charging them of a crime. The proposed amendment comes after last … [read more]

Legal News
26 Dec 2014
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Facebook failed in its attempt to dismiss [order, PDF] a lawsuit that claims it scans users' private messages for the names of websites and adds "likes" for the users to each website for targeted advertising purposes. The original lawsuit [complaint] was filed in December 2013 in the US District … [read more]

Legal News
3 Oct 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) [advocacy website] on Friday praised a ruling by Turkey's Constitutional Court [press release] that decreases the power of the country's telecommunications authority TIB [official website] to block websites and monitor internet users. The Constitutional Court of Turkey [official website] on … [read more]

Legal News
12 Sep 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan [BBC profile] approved a law on Thursday that tightens the government control of the internet and expands the powers of the telecoms authority. Parliament passed the law on Monday. The new law comes after legislation was passed [JURIST report] in February that made it … [read more]

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