Freedom of Speech

Philippines gags internet with ‘draconian’ cyber crime law

Philippines gags internet with ‘draconian’ cyber crime law

The Philippines has approved measures to prosecute users that post “defamatory” comments on social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook. They will be liable for a fine of 1 million pesos (US$24,000) or face up to 12 years in prison. Websites that publish the material may also be shut down. The cyber-law has been […]

Assange to UN: ‘It is time for the US to cease its persecution of WikiLeaks’ (VIDEO)

Assange to UN: ‘It is time for the US to cease its persecution of WikiLeaks’ (VIDEO)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has called on the United States to move from words to actions, and put an end to its persecution of WikiLeaks, its people and its sources. He made the statement during an address to a panel of UN delegates. Addressing the representatives of the United Nations’ member countries, the WikiLeaks founder […]

Mass arrests in NYC as OWS movement marks one year

Mass arrests in NYC as OWS movement marks one year

Hundreds of police barricaded the New York Stock Exchange as Occupy Wall Street protesters swarmed the Financial District for the movement’s one-year anniversary, with over 180 reportedly arrested. Police made 180 arrests by Monday evening, primarily for “disorderly conduct”  or impeding “vehicular or pedestrian traffic.” Witnesses had previously  reported on Twitter that demonstrators were being arrested for“blocking […]

Obama wins right to indefinitely detain Americans under NDAA

Obama wins right to indefinitely detain Americans under NDAA

A lone appeals judge bowed down to the Obama administration late Monday and reauthorized the White House’s ability to indefinitely detain American citizens without charge or due process. Last week, a federal judge ruled that an temporary injunction on section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 must be made permanent, essentially barring […]