July 12, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
A provincial court in Myanmar on Thursday sentenced four journalists and the chief executive from the Unity Journal to a 10-year prison sentence and hard labor for publishing a story in January in violation of the national State Secrets Act, a British colonial law dating back to the 1920s. The ...[read more]
May 3, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on Myanmar Saturday to pass more protective media laws and end arbitrary arrests of journalists. The statement listed several journalists who have been arrested since December on politically-motivated charges, including criminal trespass, use of obscene language, ...[read more]
February 18, 2013
by Sarah Steers
On February 18, 2011, a Chinese court of appeals upheld the conviction of US geologist Xue Feng on charges of industrial espionage. Feng's conviction emphasized US concerns over Chinese humanitarian efforts and the independence of China's judiciary. Feng had been originally convicted on July 5, ...[read more]
November 1, 2012
by Max Slater
Russia's upper house of parliament, the Federation Council, approved a bill on Wednesday that would increase the penalties for illegal use of state secrets. The bill, which was approved by Russia's lower house last week raises the fine for illegally using state secrets from $6000 to $16000, ...[read more]
August 15, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit against the FBI alleging that it illegally directed its agents to spy on Muslim communities. Judge Cormac Carney dismissed the case after concluding that allowing the lawsuit to move forward ...[read more]
November 22, 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta
The South African National Assembly (NA) passed a controversial state secrets bill on Tuesday designed to protect state secrets related to national security. The African National Congress (ANC), which holds a majority in the NA, was responsible for pushing the legislation through by a vote of 229- ...[read more]
September 25, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On September 25, 2010, the Obama administration filed a brief with the District Court for the District of Columbia, which asked the court to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the legality of targeted killings of terrorism suspects. The administration argued that the proceedings involved "non- ...[read more]
September 8, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On September 8, 2010, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court's dismissal of a suit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) against a Boeing subsidiary in connection with its alleged role in the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) extraordinary rendition ...[read more]
September 1, 2011
by Zach Zagger
Lawyers for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) on Wednesday urged the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Seattle to preserve two lawsuits over the warrantless surveillance of US citizens. EFF argued that the government should not be able block the suits under claims of state ...[read more]
August 3, 2011
by Zach Zagger
US Attorney General Eric Holder invoked the state secrets privilege Monday to block evidence in a lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) over its investigation into Muslim mosques. The Department of Justice (DOJ) also filed a motion to dismiss claims and for summary judgment in ...[read more]

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