Global View

Recently the U.S. Transportation Security Administration announced a new policy requiring that travelers to the United States turn on their devices at the request of airport security personnel. Photo by Trey Ratcliff on Flickr and used here with Creative Commons license.
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Free Speech
by Josh Stearns

According to the Supreme Court, police need a warrant to search the cell phones of people they arrest. The unanimous decision, which was handed down last week, is being heralded as a major victory for privacy rights and a landmark case with implications far beyond cell phones. The New York Times reports, “The ruling almost certainly [...] more »

Citizen Journalism
by Madeleine Bair

Four years ago, a police killing in rural Buckfield, Jamaica was caught on camera and uploaded to YouTube. The fatal shooting of a man who was laying on the ground, surrounded by a crowd, with no visible weapons but the rocks at his side, made headlines in Jamaica and unmasked the lies in the police department’s [...] more »

Global View
by Angela Washeck

What began as a story about the world’s most elite competitors proudly representing their nations in Sochi has taken a twist in an entirely different direction. Yes, it’s the narrative of Sochi’s apparent miserable state — the stray dogs overwhelming Olympic Park, the degenerate conditions of rooms in the Games’ hotel block, the fact that [...] more »

Free Speech
by Mong Palatino

Popular Indonesian Twitter user Benny Handoko, @benhan on Twitter, was sentenced to one year of probation late last month, after being found guilty of defaming a former politician. Handoko tweeted on Dec. 7, 2012 about former Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) member Mukhamad Misbakhun (@misbakhun), calling him a crook who had stolen from Century Bank, the embattled financial institution at the [...] more »

Education
by Erica Salkin

It’s a little bit of a man-bites-dog scenario — public high school administrators force a student newspaper to print what the students consider a racial slur. The Playwickian, a student paper at Neshaminy High School in Langhorne, Pa., opted to stop using the word “Redskins” — the school’s mascot and athletic nickname — in its [...] more »

Education
by Margaret Looney

This post was written by IJNet staff. Completing fellowship applications can be time-consuming. To avoid having to rush through the process, start preparing for these opportunities ahead of time. If you’re on a fellowship hunt, keep the deadlines of these upcoming 2014 fellowships in sight. World Press Institute Fellowships Deadline – Feb. 15 The three-month [...] more »

Free Speech
by Geoffrey King

By the time the first story based on former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s disclosures splashed across the front pages of the world’s newspapers, India had reportedly begun deployment of its own major surveillance architecture, the Central Management System (CMS). The system is a $132 million project that allows central access to all communications content and metadata carried over Indian telecommunications networks. According [...] more »

Free Speech
by Josh Stearns

The following is an opinion piece from correspondent Josh Stearns. A version of this post also appeared on FreePress.net. Tuesday’s court decision, which struck down the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Order and threatened the future of Net Neutrality, has huge implications for the future of journalism and press freedom. According to the Pew Research [...] more »

Free Speech
by Geoffrey King

The following opinion piece originally appeared on the Committee to Protect Journalists’ Internet Channel. When President Obama takes the lectern to discuss U.S. surveillance policy, as he is expected to do Friday, those hoping for sweeping reform are likely to be disappointed. As reported in The New York Times, the president appears poised to reject [...] more »


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