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Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403875_text Global Legal Monitor: Egypt: Women Sentenced to Prison Term for Anti-Government Demonstration http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403787_text Crime and law enforcement; Freedom of speech - On February 6, 2014, the Grand National Assembly (GNA) of Turkey passed new amendments to Law No. 5651 on Regulation of Publications on the Internet and Combating Crimes Committed by Means of Such Publications (5651 sayili On November 27, 2013, the Felony Court of Alexandria, Egypt convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison 14 young women of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, on charges of participating in demonstrations held during the month... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403787_text Global Legal Monitor: Australia: Court Holds Public Servant Can Be Fired for Critical Tweets http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403667_text Freedom of speech; Officials and employees - On February 6, 2014, the Grand National Assembly (GNA) of Turkey passed new amendments to Law No. 5651 on Regulation of Publications on the Internet and Combating Crimes Committed by Means of Such Publications (5651 sayili On November 27, 2013, the Felony Court of Alexandria, Egypt convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison 14 young women of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, on charges of participating in demonstrations held during the month It was reported on August 13, 2013, that a judge of the Australian Federal Circuit Court had dismissed an application by a public servant for a stay in her dismissal from her public affairs role at... 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Fri, 16 Aug 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403667_text Global Legal Monitor: Cambodia: Criminalizing Denial of Atrocities http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403614_text Freedom of speech; Genocide - On February 6, 2014, the Grand National Assembly (GNA) of Turkey passed new amendments to Law No. 5651 on Regulation of Publications on the Internet and Combating Crimes Committed by Means of Such Publications (5651 sayili On November 27, 2013, the Felony Court of Alexandria, Egypt convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison 14 young women of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, on charges of participating in demonstrations held during the month It was reported on August 13, 2013, that a judge of the Australian Federal Circuit Court had dismissed an application by a public servant for a stay in her dismissal from her public affairs role at On June 7, 2013, the National Assembly of Cambodia adopted legislation criminalizing the denial of the Khmer Rouge regime's atrocities. Violation of the new law could result in a sentence of up to two years in... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403614_text Global Legal Monitor: Thailand: Man Sentenced for Insulting Royal Family http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403540_text Freedom of speech - On February 6, 2014, the Grand National Assembly (GNA) of Turkey passed new amendments to Law No. 5651 on Regulation of Publications on the Internet and Combating Crimes Committed by Means of Such Publications (5651 sayili On November 27, 2013, the Felony Court of Alexandria, Egypt convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison 14 young women of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, on charges of participating in demonstrations held during the month It was reported on August 13, 2013, that a judge of the Australian Federal Circuit Court had dismissed an application by a public servant for a stay in her dismissal from her public affairs role at On June 7, 2013, the National Assembly of Cambodia adopted legislation criminalizing the denial of the Khmer Rouge regime's atrocities. Violation of the new law could result in a sentence of up to two years in On March 28, 2013, Akachai Hongkangwan, a 37 year-old Thai man, was given a sentence of imprisonment for three years and four months, in addition to a fine of 66,666 baht (about US$2,300). While the fine... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 08 Apr 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403540_text Global Legal Monitor: Canada: Supreme Court Delivers Hate Speech Ruling http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403523_text Freedom of speech - On February 6, 2014, the Grand National Assembly (GNA) of Turkey passed new amendments to Law No. 5651 on Regulation of Publications on the Internet and Combating Crimes Committed by Means of Such Publications (5651 sayili On November 27, 2013, the Felony Court of Alexandria, Egypt convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison 14 young women of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, on charges of participating in demonstrations held during the month It was reported on August 13, 2013, that a judge of the Australian Federal Circuit Court had dismissed an application by a public servant for a stay in her dismissal from her public affairs role at On June 7, 2013, the National Assembly of Cambodia adopted legislation criminalizing the denial of the Khmer Rouge regime's atrocities. Violation of the new law could result in a sentence of up to two years in On March 28, 2013, Akachai Hongkangwan, a 37 year-old Thai man, was given a sentence of imprisonment for three years and four months, in addition to a fine of 66,666 baht (about US$2,300). While the fine The Supreme Court of Canada issued a decision on February 27, 2013, asserting that limits placed on free speech in connection with hate speech are valid under the Constitution, but disallowing limitation on expression that does... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 15 Mar 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403523_text Global Legal Monitor: Iceland: Internet Porn Ban Considered http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403495_text Freedom of speech - On February 6, 2014, the Grand National Assembly (GNA) of Turkey passed new amendments to Law No. 5651 on Regulation of Publications on the Internet and Combating Crimes Committed by Means of Such Publications (5651 sayili On November 27, 2013, the Felony Court of Alexandria, Egypt convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison 14 young women of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, on charges of participating in demonstrations held during the month It was reported on August 13, 2013, that a judge of the Australian Federal Circuit Court had dismissed an application by a public servant for a stay in her dismissal from her public affairs role at On June 7, 2013, the National Assembly of Cambodia adopted legislation criminalizing the denial of the Khmer Rouge regime's atrocities. Violation of the new law could result in a sentence of up to two years in On March 28, 2013, Akachai Hongkangwan, a 37 year-old Thai man, was given a sentence of imprisonment for three years and four months, in addition to a fine of 66,666 baht (about US$2,300). While the fine The Supreme Court of Canada issued a decision on February 27, 2013, asserting that limits placed on free speech in connection with hate speech are valid under the Constitution, but disallowing limitation on expression that does It was reported on February 20, 2013, that Halla Gunnarsdottir, an advisor in Iceland's Ministry of the Interior, has said that consensus is developing in the country... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 25 Feb 2013 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403495_text Global Legal Monitor: Indonesia: U.N. Experts Criticize Bill on Organizations http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403493_text Freedom of speech - On February 6, 2014, the Grand National Assembly (GNA) of Turkey passed new amendments to Law No. 5651 on Regulation of Publications on the Internet and Combating Crimes Committed by Means of Such Publications (5651 sayili On November 27, 2013, the Felony Court of Alexandria, Egypt convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison 14 young women of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, on charges of participating in demonstrations held during the month It was reported on August 13, 2013, that a judge of the Australian Federal Circuit Court had dismissed an application by a public servant for a stay in her dismissal from her public affairs role at On June 7, 2013, the National Assembly of Cambodia adopted legislation criminalizing the denial of the Khmer Rouge regime's atrocities. Violation of the new law could result in a sentence of up to two years in On March 28, 2013, Akachai Hongkangwan, a 37 year-old Thai man, was given a sentence of imprisonment for three years and four months, in addition to a fine of 66,666 baht (about US$2,300). While the fine The Supreme Court of Canada issued a decision on February 27, 2013, asserting that limits placed on free speech in connection with hate speech are valid under the Constitution, but disallowing limitation on expression that does It was reported on February 20, 2013, that Halla Gunnarsdottir, an advisor in Iceland's Ministry of the Interior, has said that consensus is developing in the country On February 14, 2013, a group of United Nations experts raised concerns about a bill being considered in the Indonesian legislature on mass organizations. The experts fear that it will impose "undue restrictions [on] the rights... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 22 Feb 2013 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403493_text Global Legal Monitor: Maldives: President Signs Bill on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403462_text Freedom of speech - On February 6, 2014, the Grand National Assembly (GNA) of Turkey passed new amendments to Law No. 5651 on Regulation of Publications on the Internet and Combating Crimes Committed by Means of Such Publications (5651 sayili On November 27, 2013, the Felony Court of Alexandria, Egypt convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison 14 young women of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, on charges of participating in demonstrations held during the month It was reported on August 13, 2013, that a judge of the Australian Federal Circuit Court had dismissed an application by a public servant for a stay in her dismissal from her public affairs role at On June 7, 2013, the National Assembly of Cambodia adopted legislation criminalizing the denial of the Khmer Rouge regime's atrocities. Violation of the new law could result in a sentence of up to two years in On March 28, 2013, Akachai Hongkangwan, a 37 year-old Thai man, was given a sentence of imprisonment for three years and four months, in addition to a fine of 66,666 baht (about US$2,300). While the fine The Supreme Court of Canada issued a decision on February 27, 2013, asserting that limits placed on free speech in connection with hate speech are valid under the Constitution, but disallowing limitation on expression that does It was reported on February 20, 2013, that Halla Gunnarsdottir, an advisor in Iceland's Ministry of the Interior, has said that consensus is developing in the country On February 14, 2013, a group of United Nations experts raised concerns about a bill being considered in the Indonesian legislature on mass organizations. The experts fear that it will impose "undue restrictions [on] the rights The office of Maldives' President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik announced on January 11, 2013, that he had signed the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Bill; the bill had... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 22 Jan 2013 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403462_text Global Legal Monitor: Maldives: Supreme Court Decision on Freedom of Assembly and Expression http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403433_text Freedom of speech - On February 6, 2014, the Grand National Assembly (GNA) of Turkey passed new amendments to Law No. 5651 on Regulation of Publications on the Internet and Combating Crimes Committed by Means of Such Publications (5651 sayili On November 27, 2013, the Felony Court of Alexandria, Egypt convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison 14 young women of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, on charges of participating in demonstrations held during the month It was reported on August 13, 2013, that a judge of the Australian Federal Circuit Court had dismissed an application by a public servant for a stay in her dismissal from her public affairs role at On June 7, 2013, the National Assembly of Cambodia adopted legislation criminalizing the denial of the Khmer Rouge regime's atrocities. Violation of the new law could result in a sentence of up to two years in On March 28, 2013, Akachai Hongkangwan, a 37 year-old Thai man, was given a sentence of imprisonment for three years and four months, in addition to a fine of 66,666 baht (about US$2,300). While the fine The Supreme Court of Canada issued a decision on February 27, 2013, asserting that limits placed on free speech in connection with hate speech are valid under the Constitution, but disallowing limitation on expression that does It was reported on February 20, 2013, that Halla Gunnarsdottir, an advisor in Iceland's Ministry of the Interior, has said that consensus is developing in the country On February 14, 2013, a group of United Nations experts raised concerns about a bill being considered in the Indonesian legislature on mass organizations. The experts fear that it will impose "undue restrictions [on] the rights The office of Maldives' President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik announced on January 11, 2013, that he had signed the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Bill; the bill had During the first week of December 2012, the Supreme Court of Maldives ruled that police should investigate any criminal acts that occur during the exercise of people's rights to free assembly and expression. The Court's decision,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 13 Dec 2012 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403433_text Global Legal Monitor: Lebanon: Court Blocks Internet Access to Anti-Islam Film http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403350_text Freedom of speech - On February 6, 2014, the Grand National Assembly (GNA) of Turkey passed new amendments to Law No. 5651 on Regulation of Publications on the Internet and Combating Crimes Committed by Means of Such Publications (5651 sayili On November 27, 2013, the Felony Court of Alexandria, Egypt convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison 14 young women of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, on charges of participating in demonstrations held during the month It was reported on August 13, 2013, that a judge of the Australian Federal Circuit Court had dismissed an application by a public servant for a stay in her dismissal from her public affairs role at On June 7, 2013, the National Assembly of Cambodia adopted legislation criminalizing the denial of the Khmer Rouge regime's atrocities. Violation of the new law could result in a sentence of up to two years in On March 28, 2013, Akachai Hongkangwan, a 37 year-old Thai man, was given a sentence of imprisonment for three years and four months, in addition to a fine of 66,666 baht (about US$2,300). While the fine The Supreme Court of Canada issued a decision on February 27, 2013, asserting that limits placed on free speech in connection with hate speech are valid under the Constitution, but disallowing limitation on expression that does It was reported on February 20, 2013, that Halla Gunnarsdottir, an advisor in Iceland's Ministry of the Interior, has said that consensus is developing in the country On February 14, 2013, a group of United Nations experts raised concerns about a bill being considered in the Indonesian legislature on mass organizations. The experts fear that it will impose "undue restrictions [on] the rights The office of Maldives' President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik announced on January 11, 2013, that he had signed the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Bill; the bill had During the first week of December 2012, the Supreme Court of Maldives ruled that police should investigate any criminal acts that occur during the exercise of people's rights to free assembly and expression. The Court's decision, In an effort to prohibit online access to the anti-Islamic film "The Innocence of Muslims," which was produced in the United States, a Lebanese court issued a... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 01 Oct 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403350_text Global Legal Monitor: Israel: Immediate Blocking of Israeli Web Access to Anti-Islam Film Rejected; Full Hearing Scheduled for October http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403340_text Freedom of speech - On February 6, 2014, the Grand National Assembly (GNA) of Turkey passed new amendments to Law No. 5651 on Regulation of Publications on the Internet and Combating Crimes Committed by Means of Such Publications (5651 sayili On November 27, 2013, the Felony Court of Alexandria, Egypt convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison 14 young women of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, on charges of participating in demonstrations held during the month It was reported on August 13, 2013, that a judge of the Australian Federal Circuit Court had dismissed an application by a public servant for a stay in her dismissal from her public affairs role at On June 7, 2013, the National Assembly of Cambodia adopted legislation criminalizing the denial of the Khmer Rouge regime's atrocities. Violation of the new law could result in a sentence of up to two years in On March 28, 2013, Akachai Hongkangwan, a 37 year-old Thai man, was given a sentence of imprisonment for three years and four months, in addition to a fine of 66,666 baht (about US$2,300). While the fine The Supreme Court of Canada issued a decision on February 27, 2013, asserting that limits placed on free speech in connection with hate speech are valid under the Constitution, but disallowing limitation on expression that does It was reported on February 20, 2013, that Halla Gunnarsdottir, an advisor in Iceland's Ministry of the Interior, has said that consensus is developing in the country On February 14, 2013, a group of United Nations experts raised concerns about a bill being considered in the Indonesian legislature on mass organizations. The experts fear that it will impose "undue restrictions [on] the rights The office of Maldives' President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik announced on January 11, 2013, that he had signed the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Bill; the bill had During the first week of December 2012, the Supreme Court of Maldives ruled that police should investigate any criminal acts that occur during the exercise of people's rights to free assembly and expression. The Court's decision, In an effort to prohibit online access to the anti-Islamic film "The Innocence of Muslims," which was produced in the United States, a Lebanese court issued a On September 20, 2012, the Jerusalem District Court denied a request by Taleb a-Sanaa, a Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member of the United Arab List- Ta'al Party, and other... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 25 Sep 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403340_text Global Legal Monitor: Ethiopia: Journalists and Politician Sentenced on Terrorism Charges http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402964_text Freedom of speech - On February 6, 2014, the Grand National Assembly (GNA) of Turkey passed new amendments to Law No. 5651 on Regulation of Publications on the Internet and Combating Crimes Committed by Means of Such Publications (5651 sayili On November 27, 2013, the Felony Court of Alexandria, Egypt convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison 14 young women of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, on charges of participating in demonstrations held during the month It was reported on August 13, 2013, that a judge of the Australian Federal Circuit Court had dismissed an application by a public servant for a stay in her dismissal from her public affairs role at On June 7, 2013, the National Assembly of Cambodia adopted legislation criminalizing the denial of the Khmer Rouge regime's atrocities. Violation of the new law could result in a sentence of up to two years in On March 28, 2013, Akachai Hongkangwan, a 37 year-old Thai man, was given a sentence of imprisonment for three years and four months, in addition to a fine of 66,666 baht (about US$2,300). While the fine The Supreme Court of Canada issued a decision on February 27, 2013, asserting that limits placed on free speech in connection with hate speech are valid under the Constitution, but disallowing limitation on expression that does It was reported on February 20, 2013, that Halla Gunnarsdottir, an advisor in Iceland's Ministry of the Interior, has said that consensus is developing in the country On February 14, 2013, a group of United Nations experts raised concerns about a bill being considered in the Indonesian legislature on mass organizations. The experts fear that it will impose "undue restrictions [on] the rights The office of Maldives' President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik announced on January 11, 2013, that he had signed the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Bill; the bill had During the first week of December 2012, the Supreme Court of Maldives ruled that police should investigate any criminal acts that occur during the exercise of people's rights to free assembly and expression. The Court's decision, In an effort to prohibit online access to the anti-Islamic film "The Innocence of Muslims," which was produced in the United States, a Lebanese court issued a On September 20, 2012, the Jerusalem District Court denied a request by Taleb a-Sanaa, a Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member of the United Arab List- Ta'al Party, and other On January 26, 2012, a court in Ethiopia sentenced five people to terms in prison varying from 14 years to, in one case, life, on charges of terrorism. They were convicted of taking part in a... 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Wed, 01 Feb 2012 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402964_text Global Legal Monitor: Senegal: Activist Sentenced to Two Years in Jail http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402861_text Freedom of speech - On February 6, 2014, the Grand National Assembly (GNA) of Turkey passed new amendments to Law No. 5651 on Regulation of Publications on the Internet and Combating Crimes Committed by Means of Such Publications (5651 sayili On November 27, 2013, the Felony Court of Alexandria, Egypt convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison 14 young women of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, on charges of participating in demonstrations held during the month It was reported on August 13, 2013, that a judge of the Australian Federal Circuit Court had dismissed an application by a public servant for a stay in her dismissal from her public affairs role at On June 7, 2013, the National Assembly of Cambodia adopted legislation criminalizing the denial of the Khmer Rouge regime's atrocities. Violation of the new law could result in a sentence of up to two years in On March 28, 2013, Akachai Hongkangwan, a 37 year-old Thai man, was given a sentence of imprisonment for three years and four months, in addition to a fine of 66,666 baht (about US$2,300). While the fine The Supreme Court of Canada issued a decision on February 27, 2013, asserting that limits placed on free speech in connection with hate speech are valid under the Constitution, but disallowing limitation on expression that does It was reported on February 20, 2013, that Halla Gunnarsdottir, an advisor in Iceland's Ministry of the Interior, has said that consensus is developing in the country On February 14, 2013, a group of United Nations experts raised concerns about a bill being considered in the Indonesian legislature on mass organizations. The experts fear that it will impose "undue restrictions [on] the rights The office of Maldives' President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik announced on January 11, 2013, that he had signed the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Bill; the bill had During the first week of December 2012, the Supreme Court of Maldives ruled that police should investigate any criminal acts that occur during the exercise of people's rights to free assembly and expression. The Court's decision, In an effort to prohibit online access to the anti-Islamic film "The Innocence of Muslims," which was produced in the United States, a Lebanese court issued a On September 20, 2012, the Jerusalem District Court denied a request by Taleb a-Sanaa, a Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member of the United Arab List- Ta'al Party, and other On January 26, 2012, a court in Ethiopia sentenced five people to terms in prison varying from 14 years to, in one case, life, on charges of terrorism. They were convicted of taking part in a On October 20, 2011, a court in Senegal sentenced Malick Noel Seck to two years of imprisonment following his conviction for issuing a death threat and for contempt of court. The charges stemmed from an open... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 26 Oct 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402861_text Global Legal Monitor: Australia: Agreement Reached on National R18+ Video Game Classification http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402758_text Freedom of speech - On February 6, 2014, the Grand National Assembly (GNA) of Turkey passed new amendments to Law No. 5651 on Regulation of Publications on the Internet and Combating Crimes Committed by Means of Such Publications (5651 sayili On November 27, 2013, the Felony Court of Alexandria, Egypt convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison 14 young women of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, on charges of participating in demonstrations held during the month It was reported on August 13, 2013, that a judge of the Australian Federal Circuit Court had dismissed an application by a public servant for a stay in her dismissal from her public affairs role at On June 7, 2013, the National Assembly of Cambodia adopted legislation criminalizing the denial of the Khmer Rouge regime's atrocities. Violation of the new law could result in a sentence of up to two years in On March 28, 2013, Akachai Hongkangwan, a 37 year-old Thai man, was given a sentence of imprisonment for three years and four months, in addition to a fine of 66,666 baht (about US$2,300). While the fine The Supreme Court of Canada issued a decision on February 27, 2013, asserting that limits placed on free speech in connection with hate speech are valid under the Constitution, but disallowing limitation on expression that does It was reported on February 20, 2013, that Halla Gunnarsdottir, an advisor in Iceland's Ministry of the Interior, has said that consensus is developing in the country On February 14, 2013, a group of United Nations experts raised concerns about a bill being considered in the Indonesian legislature on mass organizations. The experts fear that it will impose "undue restrictions [on] the rights The office of Maldives' President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik announced on January 11, 2013, that he had signed the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Bill; the bill had During the first week of December 2012, the Supreme Court of Maldives ruled that police should investigate any criminal acts that occur during the exercise of people's rights to free assembly and expression. The Court's decision, In an effort to prohibit online access to the anti-Islamic film "The Innocence of Muslims," which was produced in the United States, a Lebanese court issued a On September 20, 2012, the Jerusalem District Court denied a request by Taleb a-Sanaa, a Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member of the United Arab List- Ta'al Party, and other On January 26, 2012, a court in Ethiopia sentenced five people to terms in prison varying from 14 years to, in one case, life, on charges of terrorism. They were convicted of taking part in a On October 20, 2011, a court in Senegal sentenced Malick Noel Seck to two years of imprisonment following his conviction for issuing a death threat and for contempt of court. The charges stemmed from an open On July 22, 2011, the Australian Minister for Home Affairs, Hon. Brendan O'Connor, announced that the relevant ministers from each Australian jurisdiction, except New South Wales, had reached an agreement to introduce a nationwide R18+... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 28 Jul 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402758_text Global Legal Monitor: Rwanda: Amnesty International Calls for Review of Genocide Ideology Law, Media Law http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402701_text Freedom of speech - On February 6, 2014, the Grand National Assembly (GNA) of Turkey passed new amendments to Law No. 5651 on Regulation of Publications on the Internet and Combating Crimes Committed by Means of Such Publications (5651 sayili On November 27, 2013, the Felony Court of Alexandria, Egypt convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison 14 young women of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, on charges of participating in demonstrations held during the month It was reported on August 13, 2013, that a judge of the Australian Federal Circuit Court had dismissed an application by a public servant for a stay in her dismissal from her public affairs role at On June 7, 2013, the National Assembly of Cambodia adopted legislation criminalizing the denial of the Khmer Rouge regime's atrocities. Violation of the new law could result in a sentence of up to two years in On March 28, 2013, Akachai Hongkangwan, a 37 year-old Thai man, was given a sentence of imprisonment for three years and four months, in addition to a fine of 66,666 baht (about US$2,300). While the fine The Supreme Court of Canada issued a decision on February 27, 2013, asserting that limits placed on free speech in connection with hate speech are valid under the Constitution, but disallowing limitation on expression that does It was reported on February 20, 2013, that Halla Gunnarsdottir, an advisor in Iceland's Ministry of the Interior, has said that consensus is developing in the country On February 14, 2013, a group of United Nations experts raised concerns about a bill being considered in the Indonesian legislature on mass organizations. The experts fear that it will impose "undue restrictions [on] the rights The office of Maldives' President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik announced on January 11, 2013, that he had signed the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Bill; the bill had During the first week of December 2012, the Supreme Court of Maldives ruled that police should investigate any criminal acts that occur during the exercise of people's rights to free assembly and expression. The Court's decision, In an effort to prohibit online access to the anti-Islamic film "The Innocence of Muslims," which was produced in the United States, a Lebanese court issued a On September 20, 2012, the Jerusalem District Court denied a request by Taleb a-Sanaa, a Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member of the United Arab List- Ta'al Party, and other On January 26, 2012, a court in Ethiopia sentenced five people to terms in prison varying from 14 years to, in one case, life, on charges of terrorism. They were convicted of taking part in a On October 20, 2011, a court in Senegal sentenced Malick Noel Seck to two years of imprisonment following his conviction for issuing a death threat and for contempt of court. The charges stemmed from an open On July 22, 2011, the Australian Minister for Home Affairs, Hon. Brendan O'Connor, announced that the relevant ministers from each Australian jurisdiction, except New South Wales, had reached an agreement to introduce a nationwide R18+ On June 3, 2011, Amnesty International (AI) issued a report titled Unsafe to Speak Out: Restrictions on Freedom of Expression in Rwanda, in which it criticizes the use of that country's 2008 genocide ideology law and... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 09 Jun 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402701_text Global Legal Monitor: South Korea: Act of Spreading False Information via Internet Not Punishable http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402467_text Freedom of speech - On February 6, 2014, the Grand National Assembly (GNA) of Turkey passed new amendments to Law No. 5651 on Regulation of Publications on the Internet and Combating Crimes Committed by Means of Such Publications (5651 sayili On November 27, 2013, the Felony Court of Alexandria, Egypt convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison 14 young women of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, on charges of participating in demonstrations held during the month It was reported on August 13, 2013, that a judge of the Australian Federal Circuit Court had dismissed an application by a public servant for a stay in her dismissal from her public affairs role at On June 7, 2013, the National Assembly of Cambodia adopted legislation criminalizing the denial of the Khmer Rouge regime's atrocities. Violation of the new law could result in a sentence of up to two years in On March 28, 2013, Akachai Hongkangwan, a 37 year-old Thai man, was given a sentence of imprisonment for three years and four months, in addition to a fine of 66,666 baht (about US$2,300). While the fine The Supreme Court of Canada issued a decision on February 27, 2013, asserting that limits placed on free speech in connection with hate speech are valid under the Constitution, but disallowing limitation on expression that does It was reported on February 20, 2013, that Halla Gunnarsdottir, an advisor in Iceland's Ministry of the Interior, has said that consensus is developing in the country On February 14, 2013, a group of United Nations experts raised concerns about a bill being considered in the Indonesian legislature on mass organizations. The experts fear that it will impose "undue restrictions [on] the rights The office of Maldives' President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik announced on January 11, 2013, that he had signed the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Bill; the bill had During the first week of December 2012, the Supreme Court of Maldives ruled that police should investigate any criminal acts that occur during the exercise of people's rights to free assembly and expression. The Court's decision, In an effort to prohibit online access to the anti-Islamic film "The Innocence of Muslims," which was produced in the United States, a Lebanese court issued a On September 20, 2012, the Jerusalem District Court denied a request by Taleb a-Sanaa, a Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member of the United Arab List- Ta'al Party, and other On January 26, 2012, a court in Ethiopia sentenced five people to terms in prison varying from 14 years to, in one case, life, on charges of terrorism. They were convicted of taking part in a On October 20, 2011, a court in Senegal sentenced Malick Noel Seck to two years of imprisonment following his conviction for issuing a death threat and for contempt of court. The charges stemmed from an open On July 22, 2011, the Australian Minister for Home Affairs, Hon. Brendan O'Connor, announced that the relevant ministers from each Australian jurisdiction, except New South Wales, had reached an agreement to introduce a nationwide R18+ On June 3, 2011, Amnesty International (AI) issued a report titled Unsafe to Speak Out: Restrictions on Freedom of Expression in Rwanda, in which it criticizes the use of that country's 2008 genocide ideology law and The Constitutional Court decided on December 28, 2010, that Korea's law that punishes the act of spreading false information via the Internet for the purpose of harming the public good is unconstitutional. In the case reviewed... 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Mon, 10 Jan 2011 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402467_text Global Legal Monitor: Germany: Genetic Modification and Freedom of Speech http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402321_text Freedom of speech - On February 6, 2014, the Grand National Assembly (GNA) of Turkey passed new amendments to Law No. 5651 on Regulation of Publications on the Internet and Combating Crimes Committed by Means of Such Publications (5651 sayili On November 27, 2013, the Felony Court of Alexandria, Egypt convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison 14 young women of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, on charges of participating in demonstrations held during the month It was reported on August 13, 2013, that a judge of the Australian Federal Circuit Court had dismissed an application by a public servant for a stay in her dismissal from her public affairs role at On June 7, 2013, the National Assembly of Cambodia adopted legislation criminalizing the denial of the Khmer Rouge regime's atrocities. Violation of the new law could result in a sentence of up to two years in On March 28, 2013, Akachai Hongkangwan, a 37 year-old Thai man, was given a sentence of imprisonment for three years and four months, in addition to a fine of 66,666 baht (about US$2,300). While the fine The Supreme Court of Canada issued a decision on February 27, 2013, asserting that limits placed on free speech in connection with hate speech are valid under the Constitution, but disallowing limitation on expression that does It was reported on February 20, 2013, that Halla Gunnarsdottir, an advisor in Iceland's Ministry of the Interior, has said that consensus is developing in the country On February 14, 2013, a group of United Nations experts raised concerns about a bill being considered in the Indonesian legislature on mass organizations. The experts fear that it will impose "undue restrictions [on] the rights The office of Maldives' President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik announced on January 11, 2013, that he had signed the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Bill; the bill had During the first week of December 2012, the Supreme Court of Maldives ruled that police should investigate any criminal acts that occur during the exercise of people's rights to free assembly and expression. The Court's decision, In an effort to prohibit online access to the anti-Islamic film "The Innocence of Muslims," which was produced in the United States, a Lebanese court issued a On September 20, 2012, the Jerusalem District Court denied a request by Taleb a-Sanaa, a Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member of the United Arab List- Ta'al Party, and other On January 26, 2012, a court in Ethiopia sentenced five people to terms in prison varying from 14 years to, in one case, life, on charges of terrorism. They were convicted of taking part in a On October 20, 2011, a court in Senegal sentenced Malick Noel Seck to two years of imprisonment following his conviction for issuing a death threat and for contempt of court. The charges stemmed from an open On July 22, 2011, the Australian Minister for Home Affairs, Hon. Brendan O'Connor, announced that the relevant ministers from each Australian jurisdiction, except New South Wales, had reached an agreement to introduce a nationwide R18+ On June 3, 2011, Amnesty International (AI) issued a report titled Unsafe to Speak Out: Restrictions on Freedom of Expression in Rwanda, in which it criticizes the use of that country's 2008 genocide ideology law and The Constitutional Court decided on December 28, 2010, that Korea's law that punishes the act of spreading false information via the Internet for the purpose of harming the public good is unconstitutional. In the case reviewed On September 8, 2010, the German Federal Constitutional Court (FCC) issued a decision that balanced freedom of speech against commercial interests. The case involved a multinational dairy-producing company that used, in some of its products, milk... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 18 Oct 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402321_text Global Legal Monitor: South Korea: Government May Not Have Standing to Bring a Defamation Action http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402250_text Freedom of speech - On February 6, 2014, the Grand National Assembly (GNA) of Turkey passed new amendments to Law No. 5651 on Regulation of Publications on the Internet and Combating Crimes Committed by Means of Such Publications (5651 sayili On November 27, 2013, the Felony Court of Alexandria, Egypt convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison 14 young women of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, on charges of participating in demonstrations held during the month It was reported on August 13, 2013, that a judge of the Australian Federal Circuit Court had dismissed an application by a public servant for a stay in her dismissal from her public affairs role at On June 7, 2013, the National Assembly of Cambodia adopted legislation criminalizing the denial of the Khmer Rouge regime's atrocities. Violation of the new law could result in a sentence of up to two years in On March 28, 2013, Akachai Hongkangwan, a 37 year-old Thai man, was given a sentence of imprisonment for three years and four months, in addition to a fine of 66,666 baht (about US$2,300). While the fine The Supreme Court of Canada issued a decision on February 27, 2013, asserting that limits placed on free speech in connection with hate speech are valid under the Constitution, but disallowing limitation on expression that does It was reported on February 20, 2013, that Halla Gunnarsdottir, an advisor in Iceland's Ministry of the Interior, has said that consensus is developing in the country On February 14, 2013, a group of United Nations experts raised concerns about a bill being considered in the Indonesian legislature on mass organizations. The experts fear that it will impose "undue restrictions [on] the rights The office of Maldives' President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik announced on January 11, 2013, that he had signed the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Bill; the bill had During the first week of December 2012, the Supreme Court of Maldives ruled that police should investigate any criminal acts that occur during the exercise of people's rights to free assembly and expression. The Court's decision, In an effort to prohibit online access to the anti-Islamic film "The Innocence of Muslims," which was produced in the United States, a Lebanese court issued a On September 20, 2012, the Jerusalem District Court denied a request by Taleb a-Sanaa, a Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member of the United Arab List- Ta'al Party, and other On January 26, 2012, a court in Ethiopia sentenced five people to terms in prison varying from 14 years to, in one case, life, on charges of terrorism. They were convicted of taking part in a On October 20, 2011, a court in Senegal sentenced Malick Noel Seck to two years of imprisonment following his conviction for issuing a death threat and for contempt of court. The charges stemmed from an open On July 22, 2011, the Australian Minister for Home Affairs, Hon. Brendan O'Connor, announced that the relevant ministers from each Australian jurisdiction, except New South Wales, had reached an agreement to introduce a nationwide R18+ On June 3, 2011, Amnesty International (AI) issued a report titled Unsafe to Speak Out: Restrictions on Freedom of Expression in Rwanda, in which it criticizes the use of that country's 2008 genocide ideology law and The Constitutional Court decided on December 28, 2010, that Korea's law that punishes the act of spreading false information via the Internet for the purpose of harming the public good is unconstitutional. In the case reviewed On September 8, 2010, the German Federal Constitutional Court (FCC) issued a decision that balanced freedom of speech against commercial interests. The case involved a multinational dairy-producing company that used, in some of its products, milk On September 15, 2010, the Central District Court of Seoul (a trial court) released a decision holding that in principle the government may not have standing to bring an action for defamation. This is the first... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 17 Sep 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402250_text Global Legal Monitor: Malaysia: Taskforce to Examine Potentially Divisive Internet Postings http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402223_text Freedom of speech - On February 6, 2014, the Grand National Assembly (GNA) of Turkey passed new amendments to Law No. 5651 on Regulation of Publications on the Internet and Combating Crimes Committed by Means of Such Publications (5651 sayili On November 27, 2013, the Felony Court of Alexandria, Egypt convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison 14 young women of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, on charges of participating in demonstrations held during the month It was reported on August 13, 2013, that a judge of the Australian Federal Circuit Court had dismissed an application by a public servant for a stay in her dismissal from her public affairs role at On June 7, 2013, the National Assembly of Cambodia adopted legislation criminalizing the denial of the Khmer Rouge regime's atrocities. Violation of the new law could result in a sentence of up to two years in On March 28, 2013, Akachai Hongkangwan, a 37 year-old Thai man, was given a sentence of imprisonment for three years and four months, in addition to a fine of 66,666 baht (about US$2,300). While the fine The Supreme Court of Canada issued a decision on February 27, 2013, asserting that limits placed on free speech in connection with hate speech are valid under the Constitution, but disallowing limitation on expression that does It was reported on February 20, 2013, that Halla Gunnarsdottir, an advisor in Iceland's Ministry of the Interior, has said that consensus is developing in the country On February 14, 2013, a group of United Nations experts raised concerns about a bill being considered in the Indonesian legislature on mass organizations. The experts fear that it will impose "undue restrictions [on] the rights The office of Maldives' President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik announced on January 11, 2013, that he had signed the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Bill; the bill had During the first week of December 2012, the Supreme Court of Maldives ruled that police should investigate any criminal acts that occur during the exercise of people's rights to free assembly and expression. The Court's decision, In an effort to prohibit online access to the anti-Islamic film "The Innocence of Muslims," which was produced in the United States, a Lebanese court issued a On September 20, 2012, the Jerusalem District Court denied a request by Taleb a-Sanaa, a Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member of the United Arab List- Ta'al Party, and other On January 26, 2012, a court in Ethiopia sentenced five people to terms in prison varying from 14 years to, in one case, life, on charges of terrorism. They were convicted of taking part in a On October 20, 2011, a court in Senegal sentenced Malick Noel Seck to two years of imprisonment following his conviction for issuing a death threat and for contempt of court. The charges stemmed from an open On July 22, 2011, the Australian Minister for Home Affairs, Hon. Brendan O'Connor, announced that the relevant ministers from each Australian jurisdiction, except New South Wales, had reached an agreement to introduce a nationwide R18+ On June 3, 2011, Amnesty International (AI) issued a report titled Unsafe to Speak Out: Restrictions on Freedom of Expression in Rwanda, in which it criticizes the use of that country's 2008 genocide ideology law and The Constitutional Court decided on December 28, 2010, that Korea's law that punishes the act of spreading false information via the Internet for the purpose of harming the public good is unconstitutional. In the case reviewed On September 8, 2010, the German Federal Constitutional Court (FCC) issued a decision that balanced freedom of speech against commercial interests. The case involved a multinational dairy-producing company that used, in some of its products, milk On September 15, 2010, the Central District Court of Seoul (a trial court) released a decision holding that in principle the government may not have standing to bring an action for defamation. This is the first On September 3, 2010, it was reported that the Malaysian government had established a taskforce to examine Internet postings that may be harmful to national unity. (Ng Cheng Yee, Task Force to Look Out for Sensitive... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 09 Sep 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402223_text Global Legal Monitor: Rwanda: Genocide Ideology Law Being Reviewed http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402180_text Freedom of speech - On February 6, 2014, the Grand National Assembly (GNA) of Turkey passed new amendments to Law No. 5651 on Regulation of Publications on the Internet and Combating Crimes Committed by Means of Such Publications (5651 sayili On November 27, 2013, the Felony Court of Alexandria, Egypt convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison 14 young women of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, on charges of participating in demonstrations held during the month It was reported on August 13, 2013, that a judge of the Australian Federal Circuit Court had dismissed an application by a public servant for a stay in her dismissal from her public affairs role at On June 7, 2013, the National Assembly of Cambodia adopted legislation criminalizing the denial of the Khmer Rouge regime's atrocities. Violation of the new law could result in a sentence of up to two years in On March 28, 2013, Akachai Hongkangwan, a 37 year-old Thai man, was given a sentence of imprisonment for three years and four months, in addition to a fine of 66,666 baht (about US$2,300). While the fine The Supreme Court of Canada issued a decision on February 27, 2013, asserting that limits placed on free speech in connection with hate speech are valid under the Constitution, but disallowing limitation on expression that does It was reported on February 20, 2013, that Halla Gunnarsdottir, an advisor in Iceland's Ministry of the Interior, has said that consensus is developing in the country On February 14, 2013, a group of United Nations experts raised concerns about a bill being considered in the Indonesian legislature on mass organizations. The experts fear that it will impose "undue restrictions [on] the rights The office of Maldives' President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik announced on January 11, 2013, that he had signed the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Bill; the bill had During the first week of December 2012, the Supreme Court of Maldives ruled that police should investigate any criminal acts that occur during the exercise of people's rights to free assembly and expression. The Court's decision, In an effort to prohibit online access to the anti-Islamic film "The Innocence of Muslims," which was produced in the United States, a Lebanese court issued a On September 20, 2012, the Jerusalem District Court denied a request by Taleb a-Sanaa, a Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member of the United Arab List- Ta'al Party, and other On January 26, 2012, a court in Ethiopia sentenced five people to terms in prison varying from 14 years to, in one case, life, on charges of terrorism. They were convicted of taking part in a On October 20, 2011, a court in Senegal sentenced Malick Noel Seck to two years of imprisonment following his conviction for issuing a death threat and for contempt of court. The charges stemmed from an open On July 22, 2011, the Australian Minister for Home Affairs, Hon. Brendan O'Connor, announced that the relevant ministers from each Australian jurisdiction, except New South Wales, had reached an agreement to introduce a nationwide R18+ On June 3, 2011, Amnesty International (AI) issued a report titled Unsafe to Speak Out: Restrictions on Freedom of Expression in Rwanda, in which it criticizes the use of that country's 2008 genocide ideology law and The Constitutional Court decided on December 28, 2010, that Korea's law that punishes the act of spreading false information via the Internet for the purpose of harming the public good is unconstitutional. In the case reviewed On September 8, 2010, the German Federal Constitutional Court (FCC) issued a decision that balanced freedom of speech against commercial interests. The case involved a multinational dairy-producing company that used, in some of its products, milk On September 15, 2010, the Central District Court of Seoul (a trial court) released a decision holding that in principle the government may not have standing to bring an action for defamation. This is the first On September 3, 2010, it was reported that the Malaysian government had established a taskforce to examine Internet postings that may be harmful to national unity. (Ng Cheng Yee, Task Force to Look Out for Sensitive Rwanda's government has invited the non-governmental organizations Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to comment on the three-year-old genocide ideology law that is at present under review. The two human rights groups have been critical of... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 20 Aug 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402180_text Global Legal Monitor: Venezuela: Twitter Users Arrested on Charges of Spreading Rumors http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402106_text Freedom of speech - On February 6, 2014, the Grand National Assembly (GNA) of Turkey passed new amendments to Law No. 5651 on Regulation of Publications on the Internet and Combating Crimes Committed by Means of Such Publications (5651 sayili On November 27, 2013, the Felony Court of Alexandria, Egypt convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison 14 young women of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, on charges of participating in demonstrations held during the month It was reported on August 13, 2013, that a judge of the Australian Federal Circuit Court had dismissed an application by a public servant for a stay in her dismissal from her public affairs role at On June 7, 2013, the National Assembly of Cambodia adopted legislation criminalizing the denial of the Khmer Rouge regime's atrocities. Violation of the new law could result in a sentence of up to two years in On March 28, 2013, Akachai Hongkangwan, a 37 year-old Thai man, was given a sentence of imprisonment for three years and four months, in addition to a fine of 66,666 baht (about US$2,300). While the fine The Supreme Court of Canada issued a decision on February 27, 2013, asserting that limits placed on free speech in connection with hate speech are valid under the Constitution, but disallowing limitation on expression that does It was reported on February 20, 2013, that Halla Gunnarsdottir, an advisor in Iceland's Ministry of the Interior, has said that consensus is developing in the country On February 14, 2013, a group of United Nations experts raised concerns about a bill being considered in the Indonesian legislature on mass organizations. The experts fear that it will impose "undue restrictions [on] the rights The office of Maldives' President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik announced on January 11, 2013, that he had signed the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Bill; the bill had During the first week of December 2012, the Supreme Court of Maldives ruled that police should investigate any criminal acts that occur during the exercise of people's rights to free assembly and expression. The Court's decision, In an effort to prohibit online access to the anti-Islamic film "The Innocence of Muslims," which was produced in the United States, a Lebanese court issued a On September 20, 2012, the Jerusalem District Court denied a request by Taleb a-Sanaa, a Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member of the United Arab List- Ta'al Party, and other On January 26, 2012, a court in Ethiopia sentenced five people to terms in prison varying from 14 years to, in one case, life, on charges of terrorism. They were convicted of taking part in a On October 20, 2011, a court in Senegal sentenced Malick Noel Seck to two years of imprisonment following his conviction for issuing a death threat and for contempt of court. The charges stemmed from an open On July 22, 2011, the Australian Minister for Home Affairs, Hon. Brendan O'Connor, announced that the relevant ministers from each Australian jurisdiction, except New South Wales, had reached an agreement to introduce a nationwide R18+ On June 3, 2011, Amnesty International (AI) issued a report titled Unsafe to Speak Out: Restrictions on Freedom of Expression in Rwanda, in which it criticizes the use of that country's 2008 genocide ideology law and The Constitutional Court decided on December 28, 2010, that Korea's law that punishes the act of spreading false information via the Internet for the purpose of harming the public good is unconstitutional. In the case reviewed On September 8, 2010, the German Federal Constitutional Court (FCC) issued a decision that balanced freedom of speech against commercial interests. The case involved a multinational dairy-producing company that used, in some of its products, milk On September 15, 2010, the Central District Court of Seoul (a trial court) released a decision holding that in principle the government may not have standing to bring an action for defamation. This is the first On September 3, 2010, it was reported that the Malaysian government had established a taskforce to examine Internet postings that may be harmful to national unity. (Ng Cheng Yee, Task Force to Look Out for Sensitive Rwanda's government has invited the non-governmental organizations Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to comment on the three-year-old genocide ideology law that is at present under review. The two human rights groups have been critical of Two individuals charged with "the dissemination over the social network Twitter of false rumors for the purpose of destabilizing the national banking system...and causing runs on banks," were arrested on July 8, 2010, in Ciudad Bolivar,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 14 Jul 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402106_text Global Legal Monitor: Pakistan: YouTube Banned, Other Sites Restricted http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402077_text Freedom of speech - On February 6, 2014, the Grand National Assembly (GNA) of Turkey passed new amendments to Law No. 5651 on Regulation of Publications on the Internet and Combating Crimes Committed by Means of Such Publications (5651 sayili On November 27, 2013, the Felony Court of Alexandria, Egypt convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison 14 young women of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, on charges of participating in demonstrations held during the month It was reported on August 13, 2013, that a judge of the Australian Federal Circuit Court had dismissed an application by a public servant for a stay in her dismissal from her public affairs role at On June 7, 2013, the National Assembly of Cambodia adopted legislation criminalizing the denial of the Khmer Rouge regime's atrocities. Violation of the new law could result in a sentence of up to two years in On March 28, 2013, Akachai Hongkangwan, a 37 year-old Thai man, was given a sentence of imprisonment for three years and four months, in addition to a fine of 66,666 baht (about US$2,300). While the fine The Supreme Court of Canada issued a decision on February 27, 2013, asserting that limits placed on free speech in connection with hate speech are valid under the Constitution, but disallowing limitation on expression that does It was reported on February 20, 2013, that Halla Gunnarsdottir, an advisor in Iceland's Ministry of the Interior, has said that consensus is developing in the country On February 14, 2013, a group of United Nations experts raised concerns about a bill being considered in the Indonesian legislature on mass organizations. The experts fear that it will impose "undue restrictions [on] the rights The office of Maldives' President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik announced on January 11, 2013, that he had signed the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Bill; the bill had During the first week of December 2012, the Supreme Court of Maldives ruled that police should investigate any criminal acts that occur during the exercise of people's rights to free assembly and expression. The Court's decision, In an effort to prohibit online access to the anti-Islamic film "The Innocence of Muslims," which was produced in the United States, a Lebanese court issued a On September 20, 2012, the Jerusalem District Court denied a request by Taleb a-Sanaa, a Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member of the United Arab List- Ta'al Party, and other On January 26, 2012, a court in Ethiopia sentenced five people to terms in prison varying from 14 years to, in one case, life, on charges of terrorism. They were convicted of taking part in a On October 20, 2011, a court in Senegal sentenced Malick Noel Seck to two years of imprisonment following his conviction for issuing a death threat and for contempt of court. The charges stemmed from an open On July 22, 2011, the Australian Minister for Home Affairs, Hon. Brendan O'Connor, announced that the relevant ministers from each Australian jurisdiction, except New South Wales, had reached an agreement to introduce a nationwide R18+ On June 3, 2011, Amnesty International (AI) issued a report titled Unsafe to Speak Out: Restrictions on Freedom of Expression in Rwanda, in which it criticizes the use of that country's 2008 genocide ideology law and The Constitutional Court decided on December 28, 2010, that Korea's law that punishes the act of spreading false information via the Internet for the purpose of harming the public good is unconstitutional. In the case reviewed On September 8, 2010, the German Federal Constitutional Court (FCC) issued a decision that balanced freedom of speech against commercial interests. The case involved a multinational dairy-producing company that used, in some of its products, milk On September 15, 2010, the Central District Court of Seoul (a trial court) released a decision holding that in principle the government may not have standing to bring an action for defamation. This is the first On September 3, 2010, it was reported that the Malaysian government had established a taskforce to examine Internet postings that may be harmful to national unity. (Ng Cheng Yee, Task Force to Look Out for Sensitive Rwanda's government has invited the non-governmental organizations Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to comment on the three-year-old genocide ideology law that is at present under review. The two human rights groups have been critical of Two individuals charged with "the dissemination over the social network Twitter of false rumors for the purpose of destabilizing the national banking system...and causing runs on banks," were arrested on July 8, 2010, in Ciudad Bolivar, On June 23, 2010, after being presented at a hearing with evidence of the reappearance of website content on the Prophet Muhammad and the Koran, a Pakistani court re-imposed a ban on the video-sharing network YouTube... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 29 Jun 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402077_text Global Legal Monitor: United States: Washington State Supreme Court Upholds Library's Internet Filtering Policy http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402050_text Freedom of speech - On February 6, 2014, the Grand National Assembly (GNA) of Turkey passed new amendments to Law No. 5651 on Regulation of Publications on the Internet and Combating Crimes Committed by Means of Such Publications (5651 sayili On November 27, 2013, the Felony Court of Alexandria, Egypt convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison 14 young women of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, on charges of participating in demonstrations held during the month It was reported on August 13, 2013, that a judge of the Australian Federal Circuit Court had dismissed an application by a public servant for a stay in her dismissal from her public affairs role at On June 7, 2013, the National Assembly of Cambodia adopted legislation criminalizing the denial of the Khmer Rouge regime's atrocities. Violation of the new law could result in a sentence of up to two years in On March 28, 2013, Akachai Hongkangwan, a 37 year-old Thai man, was given a sentence of imprisonment for three years and four months, in addition to a fine of 66,666 baht (about US$2,300). While the fine The Supreme Court of Canada issued a decision on February 27, 2013, asserting that limits placed on free speech in connection with hate speech are valid under the Constitution, but disallowing limitation on expression that does It was reported on February 20, 2013, that Halla Gunnarsdottir, an advisor in Iceland's Ministry of the Interior, has said that consensus is developing in the country On February 14, 2013, a group of United Nations experts raised concerns about a bill being considered in the Indonesian legislature on mass organizations. The experts fear that it will impose "undue restrictions [on] the rights The office of Maldives' President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik announced on January 11, 2013, that he had signed the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Bill; the bill had During the first week of December 2012, the Supreme Court of Maldives ruled that police should investigate any criminal acts that occur during the exercise of people's rights to free assembly and expression. The Court's decision, In an effort to prohibit online access to the anti-Islamic film "The Innocence of Muslims," which was produced in the United States, a Lebanese court issued a On September 20, 2012, the Jerusalem District Court denied a request by Taleb a-Sanaa, a Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member of the United Arab List- Ta'al Party, and other On January 26, 2012, a court in Ethiopia sentenced five people to terms in prison varying from 14 years to, in one case, life, on charges of terrorism. They were convicted of taking part in a On October 20, 2011, a court in Senegal sentenced Malick Noel Seck to two years of imprisonment following his conviction for issuing a death threat and for contempt of court. The charges stemmed from an open On July 22, 2011, the Australian Minister for Home Affairs, Hon. Brendan O'Connor, announced that the relevant ministers from each Australian jurisdiction, except New South Wales, had reached an agreement to introduce a nationwide R18+ On June 3, 2011, Amnesty International (AI) issued a report titled Unsafe to Speak Out: Restrictions on Freedom of Expression in Rwanda, in which it criticizes the use of that country's 2008 genocide ideology law and The Constitutional Court decided on December 28, 2010, that Korea's law that punishes the act of spreading false information via the Internet for the purpose of harming the public good is unconstitutional. In the case reviewed On September 8, 2010, the German Federal Constitutional Court (FCC) issued a decision that balanced freedom of speech against commercial interests. The case involved a multinational dairy-producing company that used, in some of its products, milk On September 15, 2010, the Central District Court of Seoul (a trial court) released a decision holding that in principle the government may not have standing to bring an action for defamation. This is the first On September 3, 2010, it was reported that the Malaysian government had established a taskforce to examine Internet postings that may be harmful to national unity. (Ng Cheng Yee, Task Force to Look Out for Sensitive Rwanda's government has invited the non-governmental organizations Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to comment on the three-year-old genocide ideology law that is at present under review. The two human rights groups have been critical of Two individuals charged with "the dissemination over the social network Twitter of false rumors for the purpose of destabilizing the national banking system...and causing runs on banks," were arrested on July 8, 2010, in Ciudad Bolivar, On June 23, 2010, after being presented at a hearing with evidence of the reappearance of website content on the Prophet Muhammad and the Koran, a Pakistani court re-imposed a ban on the video-sharing network YouTube The Supreme Court of Washington, in a ruling issued on May 6, 2010, has held that a library district does not violate the state's constitutional right of free speech by filtering Internet content on its public... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 15 Jun 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402050_text Global Legal Monitor: United States: Federal Appeals Court Panels Address Whether Students' Punishment for Myspace Pages Violates First Amendment Free Speech Protections http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401888_text Freedom of speech - On February 6, 2014, the Grand National Assembly (GNA) of Turkey passed new amendments to Law No. 5651 on Regulation of Publications on the Internet and Combating Crimes Committed by Means of Such Publications (5651 sayili On November 27, 2013, the Felony Court of Alexandria, Egypt convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison 14 young women of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, on charges of participating in demonstrations held during the month It was reported on August 13, 2013, that a judge of the Australian Federal Circuit Court had dismissed an application by a public servant for a stay in her dismissal from her public affairs role at On June 7, 2013, the National Assembly of Cambodia adopted legislation criminalizing the denial of the Khmer Rouge regime's atrocities. Violation of the new law could result in a sentence of up to two years in On March 28, 2013, Akachai Hongkangwan, a 37 year-old Thai man, was given a sentence of imprisonment for three years and four months, in addition to a fine of 66,666 baht (about US$2,300). While the fine The Supreme Court of Canada issued a decision on February 27, 2013, asserting that limits placed on free speech in connection with hate speech are valid under the Constitution, but disallowing limitation on expression that does It was reported on February 20, 2013, that Halla Gunnarsdottir, an advisor in Iceland's Ministry of the Interior, has said that consensus is developing in the country On February 14, 2013, a group of United Nations experts raised concerns about a bill being considered in the Indonesian legislature on mass organizations. The experts fear that it will impose "undue restrictions [on] the rights The office of Maldives' President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik announced on January 11, 2013, that he had signed the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Bill; the bill had During the first week of December 2012, the Supreme Court of Maldives ruled that police should investigate any criminal acts that occur during the exercise of people's rights to free assembly and expression. The Court's decision, In an effort to prohibit online access to the anti-Islamic film "The Innocence of Muslims," which was produced in the United States, a Lebanese court issued a On September 20, 2012, the Jerusalem District Court denied a request by Taleb a-Sanaa, a Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member of the United Arab List- Ta'al Party, and other On January 26, 2012, a court in Ethiopia sentenced five people to terms in prison varying from 14 years to, in one case, life, on charges of terrorism. They were convicted of taking part in a On October 20, 2011, a court in Senegal sentenced Malick Noel Seck to two years of imprisonment following his conviction for issuing a death threat and for contempt of court. The charges stemmed from an open On July 22, 2011, the Australian Minister for Home Affairs, Hon. Brendan O'Connor, announced that the relevant ministers from each Australian jurisdiction, except New South Wales, had reached an agreement to introduce a nationwide R18+ On June 3, 2011, Amnesty International (AI) issued a report titled Unsafe to Speak Out: Restrictions on Freedom of Expression in Rwanda, in which it criticizes the use of that country's 2008 genocide ideology law and The Constitutional Court decided on December 28, 2010, that Korea's law that punishes the act of spreading false information via the Internet for the purpose of harming the public good is unconstitutional. In the case reviewed On September 8, 2010, the German Federal Constitutional Court (FCC) issued a decision that balanced freedom of speech against commercial interests. The case involved a multinational dairy-producing company that used, in some of its products, milk On September 15, 2010, the Central District Court of Seoul (a trial court) released a decision holding that in principle the government may not have standing to bring an action for defamation. This is the first On September 3, 2010, it was reported that the Malaysian government had established a taskforce to examine Internet postings that may be harmful to national unity. (Ng Cheng Yee, Task Force to Look Out for Sensitive Rwanda's government has invited the non-governmental organizations Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to comment on the three-year-old genocide ideology law that is at present under review. The two human rights groups have been critical of Two individuals charged with "the dissemination over the social network Twitter of false rumors for the purpose of destabilizing the national banking system...and causing runs on banks," were arrested on July 8, 2010, in Ciudad Bolivar, On June 23, 2010, after being presented at a hearing with evidence of the reappearance of website content on the Prophet Muhammad and the Koran, a Pakistani court re-imposed a ban on the video-sharing network YouTube The Supreme Court of Washington, in a ruling issued on May 6, 2010, has held that a library district does not violate the state's constitutional right of free speech by filtering Internet content on its public Two panels of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued rulings on the same day, reaching different results on whether the United States Constitution permits a student to be punished by school officials... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 30 Mar 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401888_text Global Legal Monitor: Nigeria: Court Imposes Gag Order on Facebook and Twitter Users http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401881_text Freedom of speech - On February 6, 2014, the Grand National Assembly (GNA) of Turkey passed new amendments to Law No. 5651 on Regulation of Publications on the Internet and Combating Crimes Committed by Means of Such Publications (5651 sayili On November 27, 2013, the Felony Court of Alexandria, Egypt convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison 14 young women of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, on charges of participating in demonstrations held during the month It was reported on August 13, 2013, that a judge of the Australian Federal Circuit Court had dismissed an application by a public servant for a stay in her dismissal from her public affairs role at On June 7, 2013, the National Assembly of Cambodia adopted legislation criminalizing the denial of the Khmer Rouge regime's atrocities. Violation of the new law could result in a sentence of up to two years in On March 28, 2013, Akachai Hongkangwan, a 37 year-old Thai man, was given a sentence of imprisonment for three years and four months, in addition to a fine of 66,666 baht (about US$2,300). While the fine The Supreme Court of Canada issued a decision on February 27, 2013, asserting that limits placed on free speech in connection with hate speech are valid under the Constitution, but disallowing limitation on expression that does It was reported on February 20, 2013, that Halla Gunnarsdottir, an advisor in Iceland's Ministry of the Interior, has said that consensus is developing in the country On February 14, 2013, a group of United Nations experts raised concerns about a bill being considered in the Indonesian legislature on mass organizations. The experts fear that it will impose "undue restrictions [on] the rights The office of Maldives' President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik announced on January 11, 2013, that he had signed the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Bill; the bill had During the first week of December 2012, the Supreme Court of Maldives ruled that police should investigate any criminal acts that occur during the exercise of people's rights to free assembly and expression. The Court's decision, In an effort to prohibit online access to the anti-Islamic film "The Innocence of Muslims," which was produced in the United States, a Lebanese court issued a On September 20, 2012, the Jerusalem District Court denied a request by Taleb a-Sanaa, a Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member of the United Arab List- Ta'al Party, and other On January 26, 2012, a court in Ethiopia sentenced five people to terms in prison varying from 14 years to, in one case, life, on charges of terrorism. They were convicted of taking part in a On October 20, 2011, a court in Senegal sentenced Malick Noel Seck to two years of imprisonment following his conviction for issuing a death threat and for contempt of court. The charges stemmed from an open On July 22, 2011, the Australian Minister for Home Affairs, Hon. Brendan O'Connor, announced that the relevant ministers from each Australian jurisdiction, except New South Wales, had reached an agreement to introduce a nationwide R18+ On June 3, 2011, Amnesty International (AI) issued a report titled Unsafe to Speak Out: Restrictions on Freedom of Expression in Rwanda, in which it criticizes the use of that country's 2008 genocide ideology law and The Constitutional Court decided on December 28, 2010, that Korea's law that punishes the act of spreading false information via the Internet for the purpose of harming the public good is unconstitutional. In the case reviewed On September 8, 2010, the German Federal Constitutional Court (FCC) issued a decision that balanced freedom of speech against commercial interests. The case involved a multinational dairy-producing company that used, in some of its products, milk On September 15, 2010, the Central District Court of Seoul (a trial court) released a decision holding that in principle the government may not have standing to bring an action for defamation. This is the first On September 3, 2010, it was reported that the Malaysian government had established a taskforce to examine Internet postings that may be harmful to national unity. (Ng Cheng Yee, Task Force to Look Out for Sensitive Rwanda's government has invited the non-governmental organizations Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to comment on the three-year-old genocide ideology law that is at present under review. The two human rights groups have been critical of Two individuals charged with "the dissemination over the social network Twitter of false rumors for the purpose of destabilizing the national banking system...and causing runs on banks," were arrested on July 8, 2010, in Ciudad Bolivar, On June 23, 2010, after being presented at a hearing with evidence of the reappearance of website content on the Prophet Muhammad and the Koran, a Pakistani court re-imposed a ban on the video-sharing network YouTube The Supreme Court of Washington, in a ruling issued on May 6, 2010, has held that a library district does not violate the state's constitutional right of free speech by filtering Internet content on its public Two panels of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued rulings on the same day, reaching different results on whether the United States Constitution permits a student to be punished by school officials It was reported on March 23, 2010, that a Sharia (Islamic law) court judge in Kaduna State in northern Nigeria issued a restraining order on users of Facebook and Twitter, stopping them from participating in an... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 24 Mar 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401881_text Global Legal Monitor: Germany: Constitutional Court Upholds Free Speech Restriction in Banning Public Support of Former Nazi Regime http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401683_text Freedom of speech - On February 6, 2014, the Grand National Assembly (GNA) of Turkey passed new amendments to Law No. 5651 on Regulation of Publications on the Internet and Combating Crimes Committed by Means of Such Publications (5651 sayili On November 27, 2013, the Felony Court of Alexandria, Egypt convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison 14 young women of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, on charges of participating in demonstrations held during the month It was reported on August 13, 2013, that a judge of the Australian Federal Circuit Court had dismissed an application by a public servant for a stay in her dismissal from her public affairs role at On June 7, 2013, the National Assembly of Cambodia adopted legislation criminalizing the denial of the Khmer Rouge regime's atrocities. Violation of the new law could result in a sentence of up to two years in On March 28, 2013, Akachai Hongkangwan, a 37 year-old Thai man, was given a sentence of imprisonment for three years and four months, in addition to a fine of 66,666 baht (about US$2,300). While the fine The Supreme Court of Canada issued a decision on February 27, 2013, asserting that limits placed on free speech in connection with hate speech are valid under the Constitution, but disallowing limitation on expression that does It was reported on February 20, 2013, that Halla Gunnarsdottir, an advisor in Iceland's Ministry of the Interior, has said that consensus is developing in the country On February 14, 2013, a group of United Nations experts raised concerns about a bill being considered in the Indonesian legislature on mass organizations. The experts fear that it will impose "undue restrictions [on] the rights The office of Maldives' President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik announced on January 11, 2013, that he had signed the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Bill; the bill had During the first week of December 2012, the Supreme Court of Maldives ruled that police should investigate any criminal acts that occur during the exercise of people's rights to free assembly and expression. The Court's decision, In an effort to prohibit online access to the anti-Islamic film "The Innocence of Muslims," which was produced in the United States, a Lebanese court issued a On September 20, 2012, the Jerusalem District Court denied a request by Taleb a-Sanaa, a Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member of the United Arab List- Ta'al Party, and other On January 26, 2012, a court in Ethiopia sentenced five people to terms in prison varying from 14 years to, in one case, life, on charges of terrorism. They were convicted of taking part in a On October 20, 2011, a court in Senegal sentenced Malick Noel Seck to two years of imprisonment following his conviction for issuing a death threat and for contempt of court. The charges stemmed from an open On July 22, 2011, the Australian Minister for Home Affairs, Hon. Brendan O'Connor, announced that the relevant ministers from each Australian jurisdiction, except New South Wales, had reached an agreement to introduce a nationwide R18+ On June 3, 2011, Amnesty International (AI) issued a report titled Unsafe to Speak Out: Restrictions on Freedom of Expression in Rwanda, in which it criticizes the use of that country's 2008 genocide ideology law and The Constitutional Court decided on December 28, 2010, that Korea's law that punishes the act of spreading false information via the Internet for the purpose of harming the public good is unconstitutional. In the case reviewed On September 8, 2010, the German Federal Constitutional Court (FCC) issued a decision that balanced freedom of speech against commercial interests. The case involved a multinational dairy-producing company that used, in some of its products, milk On September 15, 2010, the Central District Court of Seoul (a trial court) released a decision holding that in principle the government may not have standing to bring an action for defamation. This is the first On September 3, 2010, it was reported that the Malaysian government had established a taskforce to examine Internet postings that may be harmful to national unity. (Ng Cheng Yee, Task Force to Look Out for Sensitive Rwanda's government has invited the non-governmental organizations Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to comment on the three-year-old genocide ideology law that is at present under review. The two human rights groups have been critical of Two individuals charged with "the dissemination over the social network Twitter of false rumors for the purpose of destabilizing the national banking system...and causing runs on banks," were arrested on July 8, 2010, in Ciudad Bolivar, On June 23, 2010, after being presented at a hearing with evidence of the reappearance of website content on the Prophet Muhammad and the Koran, a Pakistani court re-imposed a ban on the video-sharing network YouTube The Supreme Court of Washington, in a ruling issued on May 6, 2010, has held that a library district does not violate the state's constitutional right of free speech by filtering Internet content on its public Two panels of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued rulings on the same day, reaching different results on whether the United States Constitution permits a student to be punished by school officials It was reported on March 23, 2010, that a Sharia (Islamic law) court judge in Kaduna State in northern Nigeria issued a restraining order on users of Facebook and Twitter, stopping them from participating in an In a ruling issued on November 4, 2009, Germany's Federal Constitutional Court (CC) upheld legislation against incitement to hatred that bans public support and justification of the country's former Nazi regime. The recent decision was based... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 20 Nov 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401683_text Global Legal Monitor: United States: Appeals Court Holds First Amendment Protects "Repugnant" Picketing of Military Funeral http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401594_text Freedom of speech - On February 6, 2014, the Grand National Assembly (GNA) of Turkey passed new amendments to Law No. 5651 on Regulation of Publications on the Internet and Combating Crimes Committed by Means of Such Publications (5651 sayili On November 27, 2013, the Felony Court of Alexandria, Egypt convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison 14 young women of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, on charges of participating in demonstrations held during the month It was reported on August 13, 2013, that a judge of the Australian Federal Circuit Court had dismissed an application by a public servant for a stay in her dismissal from her public affairs role at On June 7, 2013, the National Assembly of Cambodia adopted legislation criminalizing the denial of the Khmer Rouge regime's atrocities. Violation of the new law could result in a sentence of up to two years in On March 28, 2013, Akachai Hongkangwan, a 37 year-old Thai man, was given a sentence of imprisonment for three years and four months, in addition to a fine of 66,666 baht (about US$2,300). While the fine The Supreme Court of Canada issued a decision on February 27, 2013, asserting that limits placed on free speech in connection with hate speech are valid under the Constitution, but disallowing limitation on expression that does It was reported on February 20, 2013, that Halla Gunnarsdottir, an advisor in Iceland's Ministry of the Interior, has said that consensus is developing in the country On February 14, 2013, a group of United Nations experts raised concerns about a bill being considered in the Indonesian legislature on mass organizations. The experts fear that it will impose "undue restrictions [on] the rights The office of Maldives' President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik announced on January 11, 2013, that he had signed the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Bill; the bill had During the first week of December 2012, the Supreme Court of Maldives ruled that police should investigate any criminal acts that occur during the exercise of people's rights to free assembly and expression. The Court's decision, In an effort to prohibit online access to the anti-Islamic film "The Innocence of Muslims," which was produced in the United States, a Lebanese court issued a On September 20, 2012, the Jerusalem District Court denied a request by Taleb a-Sanaa, a Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member of the United Arab List- Ta'al Party, and other On January 26, 2012, a court in Ethiopia sentenced five people to terms in prison varying from 14 years to, in one case, life, on charges of terrorism. They were convicted of taking part in a On October 20, 2011, a court in Senegal sentenced Malick Noel Seck to two years of imprisonment following his conviction for issuing a death threat and for contempt of court. The charges stemmed from an open On July 22, 2011, the Australian Minister for Home Affairs, Hon. Brendan O'Connor, announced that the relevant ministers from each Australian jurisdiction, except New South Wales, had reached an agreement to introduce a nationwide R18+ On June 3, 2011, Amnesty International (AI) issued a report titled Unsafe to Speak Out: Restrictions on Freedom of Expression in Rwanda, in which it criticizes the use of that country's 2008 genocide ideology law and The Constitutional Court decided on December 28, 2010, that Korea's law that punishes the act of spreading false information via the Internet for the purpose of harming the public good is unconstitutional. In the case reviewed On September 8, 2010, the German Federal Constitutional Court (FCC) issued a decision that balanced freedom of speech against commercial interests. The case involved a multinational dairy-producing company that used, in some of its products, milk On September 15, 2010, the Central District Court of Seoul (a trial court) released a decision holding that in principle the government may not have standing to bring an action for defamation. This is the first On September 3, 2010, it was reported that the Malaysian government had established a taskforce to examine Internet postings that may be harmful to national unity. (Ng Cheng Yee, Task Force to Look Out for Sensitive Rwanda's government has invited the non-governmental organizations Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to comment on the three-year-old genocide ideology law that is at present under review. The two human rights groups have been critical of Two individuals charged with "the dissemination over the social network Twitter of false rumors for the purpose of destabilizing the national banking system...and causing runs on banks," were arrested on July 8, 2010, in Ciudad Bolivar, On June 23, 2010, after being presented at a hearing with evidence of the reappearance of website content on the Prophet Muhammad and the Koran, a Pakistani court re-imposed a ban on the video-sharing network YouTube The Supreme Court of Washington, in a ruling issued on May 6, 2010, has held that a library district does not violate the state's constitutional right of free speech by filtering Internet content on its public Two panels of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued rulings on the same day, reaching different results on whether the United States Constitution permits a student to be punished by school officials It was reported on March 23, 2010, that a Sharia (Islamic law) court judge in Kaduna State in northern Nigeria issued a restraining order on users of Facebook and Twitter, stopping them from participating in an In a ruling issued on November 4, 2009, Germany's Federal Constitutional Court (CC) upheld legislation against incitement to hatred that bans public support and justification of the country's former Nazi regime. The recent decision was based The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has held that the picketing of a military funeral by members of a church holding signs with "distasteful" and "repugnant" messages was protected by the First... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 02 Oct 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401594_text Global Legal Monitor: Thailand: Political Activist Sentenced to 18-Year Prison Term for Violating Lese Majeste Law http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401557_text Freedom of speech - On February 6, 2014, the Grand National Assembly (GNA) of Turkey passed new amendments to Law No. 5651 on Regulation of Publications on the Internet and Combating Crimes Committed by Means of Such Publications (5651 sayili On November 27, 2013, the Felony Court of Alexandria, Egypt convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison 14 young women of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, on charges of participating in demonstrations held during the month It was reported on August 13, 2013, that a judge of the Australian Federal Circuit Court had dismissed an application by a public servant for a stay in her dismissal from her public affairs role at On June 7, 2013, the National Assembly of Cambodia adopted legislation criminalizing the denial of the Khmer Rouge regime's atrocities. Violation of the new law could result in a sentence of up to two years in On March 28, 2013, Akachai Hongkangwan, a 37 year-old Thai man, was given a sentence of imprisonment for three years and four months, in addition to a fine of 66,666 baht (about US$2,300). While the fine The Supreme Court of Canada issued a decision on February 27, 2013, asserting that limits placed on free speech in connection with hate speech are valid under the Constitution, but disallowing limitation on expression that does It was reported on February 20, 2013, that Halla Gunnarsdottir, an advisor in Iceland's Ministry of the Interior, has said that consensus is developing in the country On February 14, 2013, a group of United Nations experts raised concerns about a bill being considered in the Indonesian legislature on mass organizations. The experts fear that it will impose "undue restrictions [on] the rights The office of Maldives' President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik announced on January 11, 2013, that he had signed the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Bill; the bill had During the first week of December 2012, the Supreme Court of Maldives ruled that police should investigate any criminal acts that occur during the exercise of people's rights to free assembly and expression. The Court's decision, In an effort to prohibit online access to the anti-Islamic film "The Innocence of Muslims," which was produced in the United States, a Lebanese court issued a On September 20, 2012, the Jerusalem District Court denied a request by Taleb a-Sanaa, a Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member of the United Arab List- Ta'al Party, and other On January 26, 2012, a court in Ethiopia sentenced five people to terms in prison varying from 14 years to, in one case, life, on charges of terrorism. They were convicted of taking part in a On October 20, 2011, a court in Senegal sentenced Malick Noel Seck to two years of imprisonment following his conviction for issuing a death threat and for contempt of court. The charges stemmed from an open On July 22, 2011, the Australian Minister for Home Affairs, Hon. Brendan O'Connor, announced that the relevant ministers from each Australian jurisdiction, except New South Wales, had reached an agreement to introduce a nationwide R18+ On June 3, 2011, Amnesty International (AI) issued a report titled Unsafe to Speak Out: Restrictions on Freedom of Expression in Rwanda, in which it criticizes the use of that country's 2008 genocide ideology law and The Constitutional Court decided on December 28, 2010, that Korea's law that punishes the act of spreading false information via the Internet for the purpose of harming the public good is unconstitutional. In the case reviewed On September 8, 2010, the German Federal Constitutional Court (FCC) issued a decision that balanced freedom of speech against commercial interests. The case involved a multinational dairy-producing company that used, in some of its products, milk On September 15, 2010, the Central District Court of Seoul (a trial court) released a decision holding that in principle the government may not have standing to bring an action for defamation. This is the first On September 3, 2010, it was reported that the Malaysian government had established a taskforce to examine Internet postings that may be harmful to national unity. (Ng Cheng Yee, Task Force to Look Out for Sensitive Rwanda's government has invited the non-governmental organizations Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to comment on the three-year-old genocide ideology law that is at present under review. The two human rights groups have been critical of Two individuals charged with "the dissemination over the social network Twitter of false rumors for the purpose of destabilizing the national banking system...and causing runs on banks," were arrested on July 8, 2010, in Ciudad Bolivar, On June 23, 2010, after being presented at a hearing with evidence of the reappearance of website content on the Prophet Muhammad and the Koran, a Pakistani court re-imposed a ban on the video-sharing network YouTube The Supreme Court of Washington, in a ruling issued on May 6, 2010, has held that a library district does not violate the state's constitutional right of free speech by filtering Internet content on its public Two panels of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued rulings on the same day, reaching different results on whether the United States Constitution permits a student to be punished by school officials It was reported on March 23, 2010, that a Sharia (Islamic law) court judge in Kaduna State in northern Nigeria issued a restraining order on users of Facebook and Twitter, stopping them from participating in an In a ruling issued on November 4, 2009, Germany's Federal Constitutional Court (CC) upheld legislation against incitement to hatred that bans public support and justification of the country's former Nazi regime. The recent decision was based The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has held that the picketing of a military funeral by members of a church holding signs with "distasteful" and "repugnant" messages was protected by the First On August 28, 2009, Thai political activist Darunee Charnchoengsilpakul was sentenced by a criminal court to 18 years of imprisonment on charges of insulting the royal family, in violation of Thailand's law on lese majeste, during... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 10 Sep 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401557_text Global Legal Monitor: Iraq: Council of Ministers Blocks All Websites Deemed in Violation of Islamic Sharia'a http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401506_text Freedom of speech - On February 6, 2014, the Grand National Assembly (GNA) of Turkey passed new amendments to Law No. 5651 on Regulation of Publications on the Internet and Combating Crimes Committed by Means of Such Publications (5651 sayili On November 27, 2013, the Felony Court of Alexandria, Egypt convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison 14 young women of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, on charges of participating in demonstrations held during the month It was reported on August 13, 2013, that a judge of the Australian Federal Circuit Court had dismissed an application by a public servant for a stay in her dismissal from her public affairs role at On June 7, 2013, the National Assembly of Cambodia adopted legislation criminalizing the denial of the Khmer Rouge regime's atrocities. Violation of the new law could result in a sentence of up to two years in On March 28, 2013, Akachai Hongkangwan, a 37 year-old Thai man, was given a sentence of imprisonment for three years and four months, in addition to a fine of 66,666 baht (about US$2,300). While the fine The Supreme Court of Canada issued a decision on February 27, 2013, asserting that limits placed on free speech in connection with hate speech are valid under the Constitution, but disallowing limitation on expression that does It was reported on February 20, 2013, that Halla Gunnarsdottir, an advisor in Iceland's Ministry of the Interior, has said that consensus is developing in the country On February 14, 2013, a group of United Nations experts raised concerns about a bill being considered in the Indonesian legislature on mass organizations. The experts fear that it will impose "undue restrictions [on] the rights The office of Maldives' President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik announced on January 11, 2013, that he had signed the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Bill; the bill had During the first week of December 2012, the Supreme Court of Maldives ruled that police should investigate any criminal acts that occur during the exercise of people's rights to free assembly and expression. The Court's decision, In an effort to prohibit online access to the anti-Islamic film "The Innocence of Muslims," which was produced in the United States, a Lebanese court issued a On September 20, 2012, the Jerusalem District Court denied a request by Taleb a-Sanaa, a Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member of the United Arab List- Ta'al Party, and other On January 26, 2012, a court in Ethiopia sentenced five people to terms in prison varying from 14 years to, in one case, life, on charges of terrorism. They were convicted of taking part in a On October 20, 2011, a court in Senegal sentenced Malick Noel Seck to two years of imprisonment following his conviction for issuing a death threat and for contempt of court. The charges stemmed from an open On July 22, 2011, the Australian Minister for Home Affairs, Hon. Brendan O'Connor, announced that the relevant ministers from each Australian jurisdiction, except New South Wales, had reached an agreement to introduce a nationwide R18+ On June 3, 2011, Amnesty International (AI) issued a report titled Unsafe to Speak Out: Restrictions on Freedom of Expression in Rwanda, in which it criticizes the use of that country's 2008 genocide ideology law and The Constitutional Court decided on December 28, 2010, that Korea's law that punishes the act of spreading false information via the Internet for the purpose of harming the public good is unconstitutional. In the case reviewed On September 8, 2010, the German Federal Constitutional Court (FCC) issued a decision that balanced freedom of speech against commercial interests. The case involved a multinational dairy-producing company that used, in some of its products, milk On September 15, 2010, the Central District Court of Seoul (a trial court) released a decision holding that in principle the government may not have standing to bring an action for defamation. This is the first On September 3, 2010, it was reported that the Malaysian government had established a taskforce to examine Internet postings that may be harmful to national unity. (Ng Cheng Yee, Task Force to Look Out for Sensitive Rwanda's government has invited the non-governmental organizations Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to comment on the three-year-old genocide ideology law that is at present under review. The two human rights groups have been critical of Two individuals charged with "the dissemination over the social network Twitter of false rumors for the purpose of destabilizing the national banking system...and causing runs on banks," were arrested on July 8, 2010, in Ciudad Bolivar, On June 23, 2010, after being presented at a hearing with evidence of the reappearance of website content on the Prophet Muhammad and the Koran, a Pakistani court re-imposed a ban on the video-sharing network YouTube The Supreme Court of Washington, in a ruling issued on May 6, 2010, has held that a library district does not violate the state's constitutional right of free speech by filtering Internet content on its public Two panels of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued rulings on the same day, reaching different results on whether the United States Constitution permits a student to be punished by school officials It was reported on March 23, 2010, that a Sharia (Islamic law) court judge in Kaduna State in northern Nigeria issued a restraining order on users of Facebook and Twitter, stopping them from participating in an In a ruling issued on November 4, 2009, Germany's Federal Constitutional Court (CC) upheld legislation against incitement to hatred that bans public support and justification of the country's former Nazi regime. The recent decision was based The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has held that the picketing of a military funeral by members of a church holding signs with "distasteful" and "repugnant" messages was protected by the First On August 28, 2009, Thai political activist Darunee Charnchoengsilpakul was sentenced by a criminal court to 18 years of imprisonment on charges of insulting the royal family, in violation of Thailand's law on lese majeste, during On August 3, 2009, the Council of Ministers of Iraq issued a decision to create a committee to look into means to identify and block all websites that violate Islamic law (Sharia'a). The committee will include... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 20 Aug 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401506_text Global Legal Monitor: Tunisia: Woman Jailed for Posting Message on Facebook http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401487_text Freedom of speech - On February 6, 2014, the Grand National Assembly (GNA) of Turkey passed new amendments to Law No. 5651 on Regulation of Publications on the Internet and Combating Crimes Committed by Means of Such Publications (5651 sayili On November 27, 2013, the Felony Court of Alexandria, Egypt convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison 14 young women of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, on charges of participating in demonstrations held during the month It was reported on August 13, 2013, that a judge of the Australian Federal Circuit Court had dismissed an application by a public servant for a stay in her dismissal from her public affairs role at On June 7, 2013, the National Assembly of Cambodia adopted legislation criminalizing the denial of the Khmer Rouge regime's atrocities. Violation of the new law could result in a sentence of up to two years in On March 28, 2013, Akachai Hongkangwan, a 37 year-old Thai man, was given a sentence of imprisonment for three years and four months, in addition to a fine of 66,666 baht (about US$2,300). While the fine The Supreme Court of Canada issued a decision on February 27, 2013, asserting that limits placed on free speech in connection with hate speech are valid under the Constitution, but disallowing limitation on expression that does It was reported on February 20, 2013, that Halla Gunnarsdottir, an advisor in Iceland's Ministry of the Interior, has said that consensus is developing in the country On February 14, 2013, a group of United Nations experts raised concerns about a bill being considered in the Indonesian legislature on mass organizations. The experts fear that it will impose "undue restrictions [on] the rights The office of Maldives' President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik announced on January 11, 2013, that he had signed the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Bill; the bill had During the first week of December 2012, the Supreme Court of Maldives ruled that police should investigate any criminal acts that occur during the exercise of people's rights to free assembly and expression. The Court's decision, In an effort to prohibit online access to the anti-Islamic film "The Innocence of Muslims," which was produced in the United States, a Lebanese court issued a On September 20, 2012, the Jerusalem District Court denied a request by Taleb a-Sanaa, a Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member of the United Arab List- Ta'al Party, and other On January 26, 2012, a court in Ethiopia sentenced five people to terms in prison varying from 14 years to, in one case, life, on charges of terrorism. They were convicted of taking part in a On October 20, 2011, a court in Senegal sentenced Malick Noel Seck to two years of imprisonment following his conviction for issuing a death threat and for contempt of court. The charges stemmed from an open On July 22, 2011, the Australian Minister for Home Affairs, Hon. Brendan O'Connor, announced that the relevant ministers from each Australian jurisdiction, except New South Wales, had reached an agreement to introduce a nationwide R18+ On June 3, 2011, Amnesty International (AI) issued a report titled Unsafe to Speak Out: Restrictions on Freedom of Expression in Rwanda, in which it criticizes the use of that country's 2008 genocide ideology law and The Constitutional Court decided on December 28, 2010, that Korea's law that punishes the act of spreading false information via the Internet for the purpose of harming the public good is unconstitutional. In the case reviewed On September 8, 2010, the German Federal Constitutional Court (FCC) issued a decision that balanced freedom of speech against commercial interests. The case involved a multinational dairy-producing company that used, in some of its products, milk On September 15, 2010, the Central District Court of Seoul (a trial court) released a decision holding that in principle the government may not have standing to bring an action for defamation. This is the first On September 3, 2010, it was reported that the Malaysian government had established a taskforce to examine Internet postings that may be harmful to national unity. (Ng Cheng Yee, Task Force to Look Out for Sensitive Rwanda's government has invited the non-governmental organizations Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to comment on the three-year-old genocide ideology law that is at present under review. The two human rights groups have been critical of Two individuals charged with "the dissemination over the social network Twitter of false rumors for the purpose of destabilizing the national banking system...and causing runs on banks," were arrested on July 8, 2010, in Ciudad Bolivar, On June 23, 2010, after being presented at a hearing with evidence of the reappearance of website content on the Prophet Muhammad and the Koran, a Pakistani court re-imposed a ban on the video-sharing network YouTube The Supreme Court of Washington, in a ruling issued on May 6, 2010, has held that a library district does not violate the state's constitutional right of free speech by filtering Internet content on its public Two panels of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued rulings on the same day, reaching different results on whether the United States Constitution permits a student to be punished by school officials It was reported on March 23, 2010, that a Sharia (Islamic law) court judge in Kaduna State in northern Nigeria issued a restraining order on users of Facebook and Twitter, stopping them from participating in an In a ruling issued on November 4, 2009, Germany's Federal Constitutional Court (CC) upheld legislation against incitement to hatred that bans public support and justification of the country's former Nazi regime. The recent decision was based The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has held that the picketing of a military funeral by members of a church holding signs with "distasteful" and "repugnant" messages was protected by the First On August 28, 2009, Thai political activist Darunee Charnchoengsilpakul was sentenced by a criminal court to 18 years of imprisonment on charges of insulting the royal family, in violation of Thailand's law on lese majeste, during On August 3, 2009, the Council of Ministers of Iraq issued a decision to create a committee to look into means to identify and block all websites that violate Islamic law (Sharia'a). The committee will include It was reported on July 13, 2009, that a 69-year-old human rights activist, Khedija Arfaoui, was convicted on the charge of "disturbing public order" and sentenced to an eight-month prison term for posting a message on... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 12 Aug 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401487_text Global Legal Monitor: China: Release of Blogger After Trial for Online Slander http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401478_text Freedom of speech - On February 6, 2014, the Grand National Assembly (GNA) of Turkey passed new amendments to Law No. 5651 on Regulation of Publications on the Internet and Combating Crimes Committed by Means of Such Publications (5651 sayili On November 27, 2013, the Felony Court of Alexandria, Egypt convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison 14 young women of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, on charges of participating in demonstrations held during the month It was reported on August 13, 2013, that a judge of the Australian Federal Circuit Court had dismissed an application by a public servant for a stay in her dismissal from her public affairs role at On June 7, 2013, the National Assembly of Cambodia adopted legislation criminalizing the denial of the Khmer Rouge regime's atrocities. Violation of the new law could result in a sentence of up to two years in On March 28, 2013, Akachai Hongkangwan, a 37 year-old Thai man, was given a sentence of imprisonment for three years and four months, in addition to a fine of 66,666 baht (about US$2,300). While the fine The Supreme Court of Canada issued a decision on February 27, 2013, asserting that limits placed on free speech in connection with hate speech are valid under the Constitution, but disallowing limitation on expression that does It was reported on February 20, 2013, that Halla Gunnarsdottir, an advisor in Iceland's Ministry of the Interior, has said that consensus is developing in the country On February 14, 2013, a group of United Nations experts raised concerns about a bill being considered in the Indonesian legislature on mass organizations. The experts fear that it will impose "undue restrictions [on] the rights The office of Maldives' President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik announced on January 11, 2013, that he had signed the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Bill; the bill had During the first week of December 2012, the Supreme Court of Maldives ruled that police should investigate any criminal acts that occur during the exercise of people's rights to free assembly and expression. The Court's decision, In an effort to prohibit online access to the anti-Islamic film "The Innocence of Muslims," which was produced in the United States, a Lebanese court issued a On September 20, 2012, the Jerusalem District Court denied a request by Taleb a-Sanaa, a Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member of the United Arab List- Ta'al Party, and other On January 26, 2012, a court in Ethiopia sentenced five people to terms in prison varying from 14 years to, in one case, life, on charges of terrorism. They were convicted of taking part in a On October 20, 2011, a court in Senegal sentenced Malick Noel Seck to two years of imprisonment following his conviction for issuing a death threat and for contempt of court. The charges stemmed from an open On July 22, 2011, the Australian Minister for Home Affairs, Hon. Brendan O'Connor, announced that the relevant ministers from each Australian jurisdiction, except New South Wales, had reached an agreement to introduce a nationwide R18+ On June 3, 2011, Amnesty International (AI) issued a report titled Unsafe to Speak Out: Restrictions on Freedom of Expression in Rwanda, in which it criticizes the use of that country's 2008 genocide ideology law and The Constitutional Court decided on December 28, 2010, that Korea's law that punishes the act of spreading false information via the Internet for the purpose of harming the public good is unconstitutional. In the case reviewed On September 8, 2010, the German Federal Constitutional Court (FCC) issued a decision that balanced freedom of speech against commercial interests. The case involved a multinational dairy-producing company that used, in some of its products, milk On September 15, 2010, the Central District Court of Seoul (a trial court) released a decision holding that in principle the government may not have standing to bring an action for defamation. This is the first On September 3, 2010, it was reported that the Malaysian government had established a taskforce to examine Internet postings that may be harmful to national unity. (Ng Cheng Yee, Task Force to Look Out for Sensitive Rwanda's government has invited the non-governmental organizations Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to comment on the three-year-old genocide ideology law that is at present under review. The two human rights groups have been critical of Two individuals charged with "the dissemination over the social network Twitter of false rumors for the purpose of destabilizing the national banking system...and causing runs on banks," were arrested on July 8, 2010, in Ciudad Bolivar, On June 23, 2010, after being presented at a hearing with evidence of the reappearance of website content on the Prophet Muhammad and the Koran, a Pakistani court re-imposed a ban on the video-sharing network YouTube The Supreme Court of Washington, in a ruling issued on May 6, 2010, has held that a library district does not violate the state's constitutional right of free speech by filtering Internet content on its public Two panels of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued rulings on the same day, reaching different results on whether the United States Constitution permits a student to be punished by school officials It was reported on March 23, 2010, that a Sharia (Islamic law) court judge in Kaduna State in northern Nigeria issued a restraining order on users of Facebook and Twitter, stopping them from participating in an In a ruling issued on November 4, 2009, Germany's Federal Constitutional Court (CC) upheld legislation against incitement to hatred that bans public support and justification of the country's former Nazi regime. The recent decision was based The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has held that the picketing of a military funeral by members of a church holding signs with "distasteful" and "repugnant" messages was protected by the First On August 28, 2009, Thai political activist Darunee Charnchoengsilpakul was sentenced by a criminal court to 18 years of imprisonment on charges of insulting the royal family, in violation of Thailand's law on lese majeste, during On August 3, 2009, the Council of Ministers of Iraq issued a decision to create a committee to look into means to identify and block all websites that violate Islamic law (Sharia'a). The committee will include It was reported on July 13, 2009, that a 69-year-old human rights activist, Khedija Arfaoui, was convicted on the charge of "disturbing public order" and sentenced to an eight-month prison term for posting a message on Reporters Without Borders reported that on July 24, 2009, Duan Lei, a blogger in China, was released for lack of evidence after being tried in a county court on charges of defamation and disrupting public order... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 06 Aug 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401478_text Global Legal Monitor: Vietnam: Crackdown on Cyber-Activists, Including Prominent Lawyer http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401479_text Freedom of speech - On February 6, 2014, the Grand National Assembly (GNA) of Turkey passed new amendments to Law No. 5651 on Regulation of Publications on the Internet and Combating Crimes Committed by Means of Such Publications (5651 sayili On November 27, 2013, the Felony Court of Alexandria, Egypt convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison 14 young women of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, on charges of participating in demonstrations held during the month It was reported on August 13, 2013, that a judge of the Australian Federal Circuit Court had dismissed an application by a public servant for a stay in her dismissal from her public affairs role at On June 7, 2013, the National Assembly of Cambodia adopted legislation criminalizing the denial of the Khmer Rouge regime's atrocities. Violation of the new law could result in a sentence of up to two years in On March 28, 2013, Akachai Hongkangwan, a 37 year-old Thai man, was given a sentence of imprisonment for three years and four months, in addition to a fine of 66,666 baht (about US$2,300). While the fine The Supreme Court of Canada issued a decision on February 27, 2013, asserting that limits placed on free speech in connection with hate speech are valid under the Constitution, but disallowing limitation on expression that does It was reported on February 20, 2013, that Halla Gunnarsdottir, an advisor in Iceland's Ministry of the Interior, has said that consensus is developing in the country On February 14, 2013, a group of United Nations experts raised concerns about a bill being considered in the Indonesian legislature on mass organizations. The experts fear that it will impose "undue restrictions [on] the rights The office of Maldives' President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik announced on January 11, 2013, that he had signed the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Bill; the bill had During the first week of December 2012, the Supreme Court of Maldives ruled that police should investigate any criminal acts that occur during the exercise of people's rights to free assembly and expression. The Court's decision, In an effort to prohibit online access to the anti-Islamic film "The Innocence of Muslims," which was produced in the United States, a Lebanese court issued a On September 20, 2012, the Jerusalem District Court denied a request by Taleb a-Sanaa, a Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member of the United Arab List- Ta'al Party, and other On January 26, 2012, a court in Ethiopia sentenced five people to terms in prison varying from 14 years to, in one case, life, on charges of terrorism. They were convicted of taking part in a On October 20, 2011, a court in Senegal sentenced Malick Noel Seck to two years of imprisonment following his conviction for issuing a death threat and for contempt of court. The charges stemmed from an open On July 22, 2011, the Australian Minister for Home Affairs, Hon. Brendan O'Connor, announced that the relevant ministers from each Australian jurisdiction, except New South Wales, had reached an agreement to introduce a nationwide R18+ On June 3, 2011, Amnesty International (AI) issued a report titled Unsafe to Speak Out: Restrictions on Freedom of Expression in Rwanda, in which it criticizes the use of that country's 2008 genocide ideology law and The Constitutional Court decided on December 28, 2010, that Korea's law that punishes the act of spreading false information via the Internet for the purpose of harming the public good is unconstitutional. In the case reviewed On September 8, 2010, the German Federal Constitutional Court (FCC) issued a decision that balanced freedom of speech against commercial interests. The case involved a multinational dairy-producing company that used, in some of its products, milk On September 15, 2010, the Central District Court of Seoul (a trial court) released a decision holding that in principle the government may not have standing to bring an action for defamation. This is the first On September 3, 2010, it was reported that the Malaysian government had established a taskforce to examine Internet postings that may be harmful to national unity. (Ng Cheng Yee, Task Force to Look Out for Sensitive Rwanda's government has invited the non-governmental organizations Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to comment on the three-year-old genocide ideology law that is at present under review. The two human rights groups have been critical of Two individuals charged with "the dissemination over the social network Twitter of false rumors for the purpose of destabilizing the national banking system...and causing runs on banks," were arrested on July 8, 2010, in Ciudad Bolivar, On June 23, 2010, after being presented at a hearing with evidence of the reappearance of website content on the Prophet Muhammad and the Koran, a Pakistani court re-imposed a ban on the video-sharing network YouTube The Supreme Court of Washington, in a ruling issued on May 6, 2010, has held that a library district does not violate the state's constitutional right of free speech by filtering Internet content on its public Two panels of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued rulings on the same day, reaching different results on whether the United States Constitution permits a student to be punished by school officials It was reported on March 23, 2010, that a Sharia (Islamic law) court judge in Kaduna State in northern Nigeria issued a restraining order on users of Facebook and Twitter, stopping them from participating in an In a ruling issued on November 4, 2009, Germany's Federal Constitutional Court (CC) upheld legislation against incitement to hatred that bans public support and justification of the country's former Nazi regime. The recent decision was based The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has held that the picketing of a military funeral by members of a church holding signs with "distasteful" and "repugnant" messages was protected by the First On August 28, 2009, Thai political activist Darunee Charnchoengsilpakul was sentenced by a criminal court to 18 years of imprisonment on charges of insulting the royal family, in violation of Thailand's law on lese majeste, during On August 3, 2009, the Council of Ministers of Iraq issued a decision to create a committee to look into means to identify and block all websites that violate Islamic law (Sharia'a). The committee will include It was reported on July 13, 2009, that a 69-year-old human rights activist, Khedija Arfaoui, was convicted on the charge of "disturbing public order" and sentenced to an eight-month prison term for posting a message on Reporters Without Borders reported that on July 24, 2009, Duan Lei, a blogger in China, was released for lack of evidence after being tried in a county court on charges of defamation and disrupting public order According to a report issued by the Open Source Center (OSC) on July 9, 2009, Vietnam has launched a campaign to suppress bloggers, which "appears to be aimed at halting the relatively free political expression that... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 06 Aug 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401479_text Global Legal Monitor: United States: Maryland Court of Appeals Sets Standard for Defamation Claims Based on Anonymous Internet Postings http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401139_text Freedom of speech - On February 6, 2014, the Grand National Assembly (GNA) of Turkey passed new amendments to Law No. 5651 on Regulation of Publications on the Internet and Combating Crimes Committed by Means of Such Publications (5651 sayili On November 27, 2013, the Felony Court of Alexandria, Egypt convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison 14 young women of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, on charges of participating in demonstrations held during the month It was reported on August 13, 2013, that a judge of the Australian Federal Circuit Court had dismissed an application by a public servant for a stay in her dismissal from her public affairs role at On June 7, 2013, the National Assembly of Cambodia adopted legislation criminalizing the denial of the Khmer Rouge regime's atrocities. Violation of the new law could result in a sentence of up to two years in On March 28, 2013, Akachai Hongkangwan, a 37 year-old Thai man, was given a sentence of imprisonment for three years and four months, in addition to a fine of 66,666 baht (about US$2,300). While the fine The Supreme Court of Canada issued a decision on February 27, 2013, asserting that limits placed on free speech in connection with hate speech are valid under the Constitution, but disallowing limitation on expression that does It was reported on February 20, 2013, that Halla Gunnarsdottir, an advisor in Iceland's Ministry of the Interior, has said that consensus is developing in the country On February 14, 2013, a group of United Nations experts raised concerns about a bill being considered in the Indonesian legislature on mass organizations. The experts fear that it will impose "undue restrictions [on] the rights The office of Maldives' President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik announced on January 11, 2013, that he had signed the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Bill; the bill had During the first week of December 2012, the Supreme Court of Maldives ruled that police should investigate any criminal acts that occur during the exercise of people's rights to free assembly and expression. The Court's decision, In an effort to prohibit online access to the anti-Islamic film "The Innocence of Muslims," which was produced in the United States, a Lebanese court issued a On September 20, 2012, the Jerusalem District Court denied a request by Taleb a-Sanaa, a Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member of the United Arab List- Ta'al Party, and other On January 26, 2012, a court in Ethiopia sentenced five people to terms in prison varying from 14 years to, in one case, life, on charges of terrorism. They were convicted of taking part in a On October 20, 2011, a court in Senegal sentenced Malick Noel Seck to two years of imprisonment following his conviction for issuing a death threat and for contempt of court. The charges stemmed from an open On July 22, 2011, the Australian Minister for Home Affairs, Hon. Brendan O'Connor, announced that the relevant ministers from each Australian jurisdiction, except New South Wales, had reached an agreement to introduce a nationwide R18+ On June 3, 2011, Amnesty International (AI) issued a report titled Unsafe to Speak Out: Restrictions on Freedom of Expression in Rwanda, in which it criticizes the use of that country's 2008 genocide ideology law and The Constitutional Court decided on December 28, 2010, that Korea's law that punishes the act of spreading false information via the Internet for the purpose of harming the public good is unconstitutional. In the case reviewed On September 8, 2010, the German Federal Constitutional Court (FCC) issued a decision that balanced freedom of speech against commercial interests. The case involved a multinational dairy-producing company that used, in some of its products, milk On September 15, 2010, the Central District Court of Seoul (a trial court) released a decision holding that in principle the government may not have standing to bring an action for defamation. This is the first On September 3, 2010, it was reported that the Malaysian government had established a taskforce to examine Internet postings that may be harmful to national unity. (Ng Cheng Yee, Task Force to Look Out for Sensitive Rwanda's government has invited the non-governmental organizations Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to comment on the three-year-old genocide ideology law that is at present under review. The two human rights groups have been critical of Two individuals charged with "the dissemination over the social network Twitter of false rumors for the purpose of destabilizing the national banking system...and causing runs on banks," were arrested on July 8, 2010, in Ciudad Bolivar, On June 23, 2010, after being presented at a hearing with evidence of the reappearance of website content on the Prophet Muhammad and the Koran, a Pakistani court re-imposed a ban on the video-sharing network YouTube The Supreme Court of Washington, in a ruling issued on May 6, 2010, has held that a library district does not violate the state's constitutional right of free speech by filtering Internet content on its public Two panels of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued rulings on the same day, reaching different results on whether the United States Constitution permits a student to be punished by school officials It was reported on March 23, 2010, that a Sharia (Islamic law) court judge in Kaduna State in northern Nigeria issued a restraining order on users of Facebook and Twitter, stopping them from participating in an In a ruling issued on November 4, 2009, Germany's Federal Constitutional Court (CC) upheld legislation against incitement to hatred that bans public support and justification of the country's former Nazi regime. The recent decision was based The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has held that the picketing of a military funeral by members of a church holding signs with "distasteful" and "repugnant" messages was protected by the First On August 28, 2009, Thai political activist Darunee Charnchoengsilpakul was sentenced by a criminal court to 18 years of imprisonment on charges of insulting the royal family, in violation of Thailand's law on lese majeste, during On August 3, 2009, the Council of Ministers of Iraq issued a decision to create a committee to look into means to identify and block all websites that violate Islamic law (Sharia'a). The committee will include It was reported on July 13, 2009, that a 69-year-old human rights activist, Khedija Arfaoui, was convicted on the charge of "disturbing public order" and sentenced to an eight-month prison term for posting a message on Reporters Without Borders reported that on July 24, 2009, Duan Lei, a blogger in China, was released for lack of evidence after being tried in a county court on charges of defamation and disrupting public order According to a report issued by the Open Source Center (OSC) on July 9, 2009, Vietnam has launched a campaign to suppress bloggers, which "appears to be aimed at halting the relatively free political expression that The Maryland Court of Appeals announced a standard for balancing the free speech rights of anonymous posters on the Internet and plaintiffs wishing to sue them for defamation. The case arose when Zebulon Brodie, a... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 19 Mar 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401139_text Global Legal Monitor: United States: Ninth Circuit Strikes Down California's Violent Video Game Law http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401124_text Freedom of speech - On February 6, 2014, the Grand National Assembly (GNA) of Turkey passed new amendments to Law No. 5651 on Regulation of Publications on the Internet and Combating Crimes Committed by Means of Such Publications (5651 sayili On November 27, 2013, the Felony Court of Alexandria, Egypt convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison 14 young women of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, on charges of participating in demonstrations held during the month It was reported on August 13, 2013, that a judge of the Australian Federal Circuit Court had dismissed an application by a public servant for a stay in her dismissal from her public affairs role at On June 7, 2013, the National Assembly of Cambodia adopted legislation criminalizing the denial of the Khmer Rouge regime's atrocities. Violation of the new law could result in a sentence of up to two years in On March 28, 2013, Akachai Hongkangwan, a 37 year-old Thai man, was given a sentence of imprisonment for three years and four months, in addition to a fine of 66,666 baht (about US$2,300). While the fine The Supreme Court of Canada issued a decision on February 27, 2013, asserting that limits placed on free speech in connection with hate speech are valid under the Constitution, but disallowing limitation on expression that does It was reported on February 20, 2013, that Halla Gunnarsdottir, an advisor in Iceland's Ministry of the Interior, has said that consensus is developing in the country On February 14, 2013, a group of United Nations experts raised concerns about a bill being considered in the Indonesian legislature on mass organizations. The experts fear that it will impose "undue restrictions [on] the rights The office of Maldives' President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik announced on January 11, 2013, that he had signed the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Bill; the bill had During the first week of December 2012, the Supreme Court of Maldives ruled that police should investigate any criminal acts that occur during the exercise of people's rights to free assembly and expression. The Court's decision, In an effort to prohibit online access to the anti-Islamic film "The Innocence of Muslims," which was produced in the United States, a Lebanese court issued a On September 20, 2012, the Jerusalem District Court denied a request by Taleb a-Sanaa, a Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member of the United Arab List- Ta'al Party, and other On January 26, 2012, a court in Ethiopia sentenced five people to terms in prison varying from 14 years to, in one case, life, on charges of terrorism. They were convicted of taking part in a On October 20, 2011, a court in Senegal sentenced Malick Noel Seck to two years of imprisonment following his conviction for issuing a death threat and for contempt of court. The charges stemmed from an open On July 22, 2011, the Australian Minister for Home Affairs, Hon. Brendan O'Connor, announced that the relevant ministers from each Australian jurisdiction, except New South Wales, had reached an agreement to introduce a nationwide R18+ On June 3, 2011, Amnesty International (AI) issued a report titled Unsafe to Speak Out: Restrictions on Freedom of Expression in Rwanda, in which it criticizes the use of that country's 2008 genocide ideology law and The Constitutional Court decided on December 28, 2010, that Korea's law that punishes the act of spreading false information via the Internet for the purpose of harming the public good is unconstitutional. In the case reviewed On September 8, 2010, the German Federal Constitutional Court (FCC) issued a decision that balanced freedom of speech against commercial interests. The case involved a multinational dairy-producing company that used, in some of its products, milk On September 15, 2010, the Central District Court of Seoul (a trial court) released a decision holding that in principle the government may not have standing to bring an action for defamation. This is the first On September 3, 2010, it was reported that the Malaysian government had established a taskforce to examine Internet postings that may be harmful to national unity. (Ng Cheng Yee, Task Force to Look Out for Sensitive Rwanda's government has invited the non-governmental organizations Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to comment on the three-year-old genocide ideology law that is at present under review. The two human rights groups have been critical of Two individuals charged with "the dissemination over the social network Twitter of false rumors for the purpose of destabilizing the national banking system...and causing runs on banks," were arrested on July 8, 2010, in Ciudad Bolivar, On June 23, 2010, after being presented at a hearing with evidence of the reappearance of website content on the Prophet Muhammad and the Koran, a Pakistani court re-imposed a ban on the video-sharing network YouTube The Supreme Court of Washington, in a ruling issued on May 6, 2010, has held that a library district does not violate the state's constitutional right of free speech by filtering Internet content on its public Two panels of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued rulings on the same day, reaching different results on whether the United States Constitution permits a student to be punished by school officials It was reported on March 23, 2010, that a Sharia (Islamic law) court judge in Kaduna State in northern Nigeria issued a restraining order on users of Facebook and Twitter, stopping them from participating in an In a ruling issued on November 4, 2009, Germany's Federal Constitutional Court (CC) upheld legislation against incitement to hatred that bans public support and justification of the country's former Nazi regime. The recent decision was based The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has held that the picketing of a military funeral by members of a church holding signs with "distasteful" and "repugnant" messages was protected by the First On August 28, 2009, Thai political activist Darunee Charnchoengsilpakul was sentenced by a criminal court to 18 years of imprisonment on charges of insulting the royal family, in violation of Thailand's law on lese majeste, during On August 3, 2009, the Council of Ministers of Iraq issued a decision to create a committee to look into means to identify and block all websites that violate Islamic law (Sharia'a). The committee will include It was reported on July 13, 2009, that a 69-year-old human rights activist, Khedija Arfaoui, was convicted on the charge of "disturbing public order" and sentenced to an eight-month prison term for posting a message on Reporters Without Borders reported that on July 24, 2009, Duan Lei, a blogger in China, was released for lack of evidence after being tried in a county court on charges of defamation and disrupting public order According to a report issued by the Open Source Center (OSC) on July 9, 2009, Vietnam has launched a campaign to suppress bloggers, which "appears to be aimed at halting the relatively free political expression that The Maryland Court of Appeals announced a standard for balancing the free speech rights of anonymous posters on the Internet and plaintiffs wishing to sue them for defamation. The case arose when Zebulon Brodie, a The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has held that a California law imposing restrictions on "violent video games" violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution. Passed in 2005,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 16 Mar 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401124_text Global Legal Monitor: European Court of Human Rights: French Courts http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540969_text Freedom of speech - On February 6, 2014, the Grand National Assembly (GNA) of Turkey passed new amendments to Law No. 5651 on Regulation of Publications on the Internet and Combating Crimes Committed by Means of Such Publications (5651 sayili On November 27, 2013, the Felony Court of Alexandria, Egypt convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison 14 young women of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, on charges of participating in demonstrations held during the month It was reported on August 13, 2013, that a judge of the Australian Federal Circuit Court had dismissed an application by a public servant for a stay in her dismissal from her public affairs role at On June 7, 2013, the National Assembly of Cambodia adopted legislation criminalizing the denial of the Khmer Rouge regime's atrocities. Violation of the new law could result in a sentence of up to two years in On March 28, 2013, Akachai Hongkangwan, a 37 year-old Thai man, was given a sentence of imprisonment for three years and four months, in addition to a fine of 66,666 baht (about US$2,300). While the fine The Supreme Court of Canada issued a decision on February 27, 2013, asserting that limits placed on free speech in connection with hate speech are valid under the Constitution, but disallowing limitation on expression that does It was reported on February 20, 2013, that Halla Gunnarsdottir, an advisor in Iceland's Ministry of the Interior, has said that consensus is developing in the country On February 14, 2013, a group of United Nations experts raised concerns about a bill being considered in the Indonesian legislature on mass organizations. The experts fear that it will impose "undue restrictions [on] the rights The office of Maldives' President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik announced on January 11, 2013, that he had signed the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Bill; the bill had During the first week of December 2012, the Supreme Court of Maldives ruled that police should investigate any criminal acts that occur during the exercise of people's rights to free assembly and expression. The Court's decision, In an effort to prohibit online access to the anti-Islamic film "The Innocence of Muslims," which was produced in the United States, a Lebanese court issued a On September 20, 2012, the Jerusalem District Court denied a request by Taleb a-Sanaa, a Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member of the United Arab List- Ta'al Party, and other On January 26, 2012, a court in Ethiopia sentenced five people to terms in prison varying from 14 years to, in one case, life, on charges of terrorism. They were convicted of taking part in a On October 20, 2011, a court in Senegal sentenced Malick Noel Seck to two years of imprisonment following his conviction for issuing a death threat and for contempt of court. The charges stemmed from an open On July 22, 2011, the Australian Minister for Home Affairs, Hon. Brendan O'Connor, announced that the relevant ministers from each Australian jurisdiction, except New South Wales, had reached an agreement to introduce a nationwide R18+ On June 3, 2011, Amnesty International (AI) issued a report titled Unsafe to Speak Out: Restrictions on Freedom of Expression in Rwanda, in which it criticizes the use of that country's 2008 genocide ideology law and The Constitutional Court decided on December 28, 2010, that Korea's law that punishes the act of spreading false information via the Internet for the purpose of harming the public good is unconstitutional. In the case reviewed On September 8, 2010, the German Federal Constitutional Court (FCC) issued a decision that balanced freedom of speech against commercial interests. The case involved a multinational dairy-producing company that used, in some of its products, milk On September 15, 2010, the Central District Court of Seoul (a trial court) released a decision holding that in principle the government may not have standing to bring an action for defamation. This is the first On September 3, 2010, it was reported that the Malaysian government had established a taskforce to examine Internet postings that may be harmful to national unity. (Ng Cheng Yee, Task Force to Look Out for Sensitive Rwanda's government has invited the non-governmental organizations Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to comment on the three-year-old genocide ideology law that is at present under review. The two human rights groups have been critical of Two individuals charged with "the dissemination over the social network Twitter of false rumors for the purpose of destabilizing the national banking system...and causing runs on banks," were arrested on July 8, 2010, in Ciudad Bolivar, On June 23, 2010, after being presented at a hearing with evidence of the reappearance of website content on the Prophet Muhammad and the Koran, a Pakistani court re-imposed a ban on the video-sharing network YouTube The Supreme Court of Washington, in a ruling issued on May 6, 2010, has held that a library district does not violate the state's constitutional right of free speech by filtering Internet content on its public Two panels of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued rulings on the same day, reaching different results on whether the United States Constitution permits a student to be punished by school officials It was reported on March 23, 2010, that a Sharia (Islamic law) court judge in Kaduna State in northern Nigeria issued a restraining order on users of Facebook and Twitter, stopping them from participating in an In a ruling issued on November 4, 2009, Germany's Federal Constitutional Court (CC) upheld legislation against incitement to hatred that bans public support and justification of the country's former Nazi regime. The recent decision was based The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has held that the picketing of a military funeral by members of a church holding signs with "distasteful" and "repugnant" messages was protected by the First On August 28, 2009, Thai political activist Darunee Charnchoengsilpakul was sentenced by a criminal court to 18 years of imprisonment on charges of insulting the royal family, in violation of Thailand's law on lese majeste, during On August 3, 2009, the Council of Ministers of Iraq issued a decision to create a committee to look into means to identify and block all websites that violate Islamic law (Sharia'a). The committee will include It was reported on July 13, 2009, that a 69-year-old human rights activist, Khedija Arfaoui, was convicted on the charge of "disturbing public order" and sentenced to an eight-month prison term for posting a message on Reporters Without Borders reported that on July 24, 2009, Duan Lei, a blogger in China, was released for lack of evidence after being tried in a county court on charges of defamation and disrupting public order According to a report issued by the Open Source Center (OSC) on July 9, 2009, Vietnam has launched a campaign to suppress bloggers, which "appears to be aimed at halting the relatively free political expression that The Maryland Court of Appeals announced a standard for balancing the free speech rights of anonymous posters on the Internet and plaintiffs wishing to sue them for defamation. The case arose when Zebulon Brodie, a The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has held that a California law imposing restrictions on "violent video games" violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution. Passed in 2005, In January 2009, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) found that French courts violated article 10 (freedom of expression) of the European Convention on Human Rights in convicting the Chairman and the Managing Director, Olivier... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 04 Feb 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540969_text Global Legal Monitor: South Korea: Government Values Diplomacy over Freedom of Speech Regarding Propaganda to the North http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540801_text Freedom of speech - On February 6, 2014, the Grand National Assembly (GNA) of Turkey passed new amendments to Law No. 5651 on Regulation of Publications on the Internet and Combating Crimes Committed by Means of Such Publications (5651 sayili On November 27, 2013, the Felony Court of Alexandria, Egypt convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison 14 young women of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, on charges of participating in demonstrations held during the month It was reported on August 13, 2013, that a judge of the Australian Federal Circuit Court had dismissed an application by a public servant for a stay in her dismissal from her public affairs role at On June 7, 2013, the National Assembly of Cambodia adopted legislation criminalizing the denial of the Khmer Rouge regime's atrocities. Violation of the new law could result in a sentence of up to two years in On March 28, 2013, Akachai Hongkangwan, a 37 year-old Thai man, was given a sentence of imprisonment for three years and four months, in addition to a fine of 66,666 baht (about US$2,300). While the fine The Supreme Court of Canada issued a decision on February 27, 2013, asserting that limits placed on free speech in connection with hate speech are valid under the Constitution, but disallowing limitation on expression that does It was reported on February 20, 2013, that Halla Gunnarsdottir, an advisor in Iceland's Ministry of the Interior, has said that consensus is developing in the country On February 14, 2013, a group of United Nations experts raised concerns about a bill being considered in the Indonesian legislature on mass organizations. The experts fear that it will impose "undue restrictions [on] the rights The office of Maldives' President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik announced on January 11, 2013, that he had signed the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Bill; the bill had During the first week of December 2012, the Supreme Court of Maldives ruled that police should investigate any criminal acts that occur during the exercise of people's rights to free assembly and expression. The Court's decision, In an effort to prohibit online access to the anti-Islamic film "The Innocence of Muslims," which was produced in the United States, a Lebanese court issued a On September 20, 2012, the Jerusalem District Court denied a request by Taleb a-Sanaa, a Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member of the United Arab List- Ta'al Party, and other On January 26, 2012, a court in Ethiopia sentenced five people to terms in prison varying from 14 years to, in one case, life, on charges of terrorism. They were convicted of taking part in a On October 20, 2011, a court in Senegal sentenced Malick Noel Seck to two years of imprisonment following his conviction for issuing a death threat and for contempt of court. The charges stemmed from an open On July 22, 2011, the Australian Minister for Home Affairs, Hon. Brendan O'Connor, announced that the relevant ministers from each Australian jurisdiction, except New South Wales, had reached an agreement to introduce a nationwide R18+ On June 3, 2011, Amnesty International (AI) issued a report titled Unsafe to Speak Out: Restrictions on Freedom of Expression in Rwanda, in which it criticizes the use of that country's 2008 genocide ideology law and The Constitutional Court decided on December 28, 2010, that Korea's law that punishes the act of spreading false information via the Internet for the purpose of harming the public good is unconstitutional. In the case reviewed On September 8, 2010, the German Federal Constitutional Court (FCC) issued a decision that balanced freedom of speech against commercial interests. The case involved a multinational dairy-producing company that used, in some of its products, milk On September 15, 2010, the Central District Court of Seoul (a trial court) released a decision holding that in principle the government may not have standing to bring an action for defamation. This is the first On September 3, 2010, it was reported that the Malaysian government had established a taskforce to examine Internet postings that may be harmful to national unity. (Ng Cheng Yee, Task Force to Look Out for Sensitive Rwanda's government has invited the non-governmental organizations Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to comment on the three-year-old genocide ideology law that is at present under review. The two human rights groups have been critical of Two individuals charged with "the dissemination over the social network Twitter of false rumors for the purpose of destabilizing the national banking system...and causing runs on banks," were arrested on July 8, 2010, in Ciudad Bolivar, On June 23, 2010, after being presented at a hearing with evidence of the reappearance of website content on the Prophet Muhammad and the Koran, a Pakistani court re-imposed a ban on the video-sharing network YouTube The Supreme Court of Washington, in a ruling issued on May 6, 2010, has held that a library district does not violate the state's constitutional right of free speech by filtering Internet content on its public Two panels of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued rulings on the same day, reaching different results on whether the United States Constitution permits a student to be punished by school officials It was reported on March 23, 2010, that a Sharia (Islamic law) court judge in Kaduna State in northern Nigeria issued a restraining order on users of Facebook and Twitter, stopping them from participating in an In a ruling issued on November 4, 2009, Germany's Federal Constitutional Court (CC) upheld legislation against incitement to hatred that bans public support and justification of the country's former Nazi regime. The recent decision was based The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has held that the picketing of a military funeral by members of a church holding signs with "distasteful" and "repugnant" messages was protected by the First On August 28, 2009, Thai political activist Darunee Charnchoengsilpakul was sentenced by a criminal court to 18 years of imprisonment on charges of insulting the royal family, in violation of Thailand's law on lese majeste, during On August 3, 2009, the Council of Ministers of Iraq issued a decision to create a committee to look into means to identify and block all websites that violate Islamic law (Sharia'a). The committee will include It was reported on July 13, 2009, that a 69-year-old human rights activist, Khedija Arfaoui, was convicted on the charge of "disturbing public order" and sentenced to an eight-month prison term for posting a message on Reporters Without Borders reported that on July 24, 2009, Duan Lei, a blogger in China, was released for lack of evidence after being tried in a county court on charges of defamation and disrupting public order According to a report issued by the Open Source Center (OSC) on July 9, 2009, Vietnam has launched a campaign to suppress bloggers, which "appears to be aimed at halting the relatively free political expression that The Maryland Court of Appeals announced a standard for balancing the free speech rights of anonymous posters on the Internet and plaintiffs wishing to sue them for defamation. The case arose when Zebulon Brodie, a The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has held that a California law imposing restrictions on "violent video games" violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution. Passed in 2005, In January 2009, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) found that French courts violated article 10 (freedom of expression) of the European Convention on Human Rights in convicting the Chairman and the Managing Director, Olivier South Korean civic groups, such as the Fighters for Free North Korea and the Family Assembly Abducted to North Korea [sic], are reportedly sending about ten million copies of leaflets to North Korea in balloons every... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 26 Nov 2008 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540801_text