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Copyright Directive may lead newspapers to become their own censors
13 Dec 2017; posted by the editor - Journalism, European Union

By Diego Naranjo, EDRi
Copyright discussions continue in the European institutions. On one hand, Axel Voss, the German conservative (EPP/CDU) Parliamentarian in charge of the dossier in the European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) is on some sort of a stand-by while the German government forms. On the other hand, the EU Council, composed of the relevant ministers in charge of the copyright Directive proposal, is speeding up.

Tags: EU Copyright Directive, censorship machine

Censorship Machine: Busting the myths
13 Dec 2017; posted by the editor - Journalism, Internet news, European Union

By Diego Naranjo and Joe McNamee, EDRi
The European Union (EU) is currently reforming its copyright legislation. In September 2016, the European Commission proposed its controversial draft for the new Copyright Directive, that includes a mandatory “censorship machine” to filter all uploads from every user in the EU (Article 13).

Tags: EU Copyright Directive

Victims of Police Spying Launch Crowdfund to Cover Inquiry Funding Gap
12 Dec 2017; posted by the editor - United Kingdom

Kim Bryan, Tom Fowler Chris Dutton, Terry Evans and other victims of undercover police spying and core participants in the Undercover Policing Inquiry, have launched a crowdfund to raise money to support their - and all core participants - full participation in the inquiry.

Tags: undercover police spying

Deceived women launch sexism complaint to UN against UK government undercover policing
07 Dec 2017; posted by the editor - Human Rights, United Kingdom

By Police Spies Out of Lives
Seven women psychologically and sexually abused by undercover policemen infiltrating UK protest groups have lodged a complaint to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women.

Tags: undercover policing, CEDAW, Police Spies Out of Lives

Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital 'politically dangerous and morally egregious'
06 Dec 2017; posted by the editor - Opinion

By Yousef Munayyer, US Campaign for Palestinian Rights
Director Trump has just upended decades of US foreign policy by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This effectively hands Israel a blank political check for its illegal annexation of Jerusalem and legitimizes Israel's ongoing displacement and disenfranchisement of the city's Palestinian residents. Trump's move is politically dangerous, and morally egregious.

Tags: Jerusalem, Trump, Palestinian rights

SBCI call for lending partners for €300m Brexit Loan Scheme
21 Nov 2017; posted by the editor - Ireland

The Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) is seeking expressions of interest from banks and other financial intermediaries to partner in a €300m Brexit Loan Scheme.

Tags: Brexit, Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland,

Forbidden Stories safeguards investigative journalists' sensitive work
31 Oct 2017; posted by the editor - Journalism, International

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and Freedom Voices Network have jointly launched Forbidden Stories, a project that aims to secure the data and information of threatened journalists and, when journalists are arrested or killed, to continue and publish their investigative reporting.

Tags: Forbidden Stories, Reporters Without Borders, Freedom Voices Network, investigative journalism

Storm Brian parks closure notice
20 Oct 2017; posted by the editor - General, Travel, Ireland

In view of the current Met Éireann status Orange wind warning, the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has announced that the following sites will be closed to the public for tomorrow Saturday 21 October:

Tags: Storm Brian

Ireland's Horizon 2020 funding moves on to next stage
18 Oct 2017; posted by the editor - Business, Science, Technology, European Union, Ireland

Innovative researchers in companies, Higher Education Institutes and public bodies are being encouraged to apply for the next stage of EU Horizon 2020 funding.

Tags: Horizon 2020

No justification for internet censorship during Catalan referendum
05 Oct 2017; posted by the editor - Human Rights, Internet news, Spain

by Jeremy Malcolm, EDRi member Electronic Frontier Foundation
The ruthless efficiency with which the Spanish government censored the internet ahead of the referendum on Catalonian independence foreshadowed the severity of its crackdown at polling places on 1 October. EDRi member Electronic Frontier Foundation previously wrote about one aspect of that censorship; the raid of the .cat top-level domain registry. But there was much more to it than that, and many of the more than 140 censored domains and internet services continue to be blocked today.

Tags: Catalonia referendum, Internet censorship

Champion of Internet freedom held in China
11 Sep 2017; posted by the editor - Human Rights, Journalism, Internet news, China

Press freedoms watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is calling for the immediate release of Zhen Jianghua, the director of Across The Great FireWall (, an anti-censorship website, and condemns the Chinese government’s continuing persecution of citizen-journalists and bloggers. 

Tags: Zhen Jianghua, China, media freedom

Like to meet St. Doulagh on Culture Night ?
09 Sep 2017; posted by the editor - Events, Ireland

Would you like to meet St. Doulagh on Culture Night? It takes place on Friday 22 September in St. Doulagh's Church, Ireland's oldest church still in continuous use as a Centre of Christian Worship (circa 7th. cent.) 

Tags: Saint. Doulagh's, Balgriffin, Dublin

Leaked document: EU Presidency calls for massive internet filtering
07 Sep 2017; posted by the editor - Human Rights, Internet news, European Union

By Diego Naranjo, EDRi
A Council of the European Union document leaked by Statewatch on 30 August reveals that during the summer months, that Estonia (current EU Presidency) has been pushing the other Member States to strengthen indiscriminate internet surveillance, and to follow in the footsteps of China regarding online censorship.

Tags: internet filtering

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