Legal news from Tuesday, December 31, 2013

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] on Monday announced that they had filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [DOJ backgrounder] seeking information on the extent of governmental use and interpretation of Executive Order 12,333 [federal backgrounder], which permits US … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [official website] on Tuesday urged [press release] King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz [official profile] of Saudi Arabia to reject the country's recently-passed counterterrorism law. HRW alleged that the law's definition of terrorism is overly broad, and will impose unfair restrictions on free speech and unduly criminalize … [read more]

[JURIST] An Egyptian court Monday sentenced 139 supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to two year prison terms on a variety of charges including rioting and sabotage. The protestors were arrested [AP report] during a July 15 protest in Cairo, where Morsi's supporters demanded his … [read more]

[JURIST] The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) [official website] published a report [text] Tuesday finding Syria the most dangerous nation in the world for journalists, with Egypt and Iraq just behind. The CPJ's report found that of the estimated 70 journalists killed worldwide [CPJ database] in 2013, 29 were in … [read more]

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