Civil Rights

Police Minister Troy Grant says he would like to ‘take the nuts off’ child sex offenders

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NSW’s police minister has declared he’d like to “take the nuts off” convicted child sex offenders when announcing a plan to overhaul the state’s sentencing and parole system. AAP Daily Telegraph Convicted child sex offenders would be able to volunteer for chemical castration under the reforms unveiled by the NSW government today. The suite of changes would ease overcrowding in prisons, reduce court delays and… Police Minister Troy… Read More »

Ex-Labor leader Mark Latham joins Liberal

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It’s the political move that stunned even the closest Canberra-watchers. Mark Hawthorne The Age With AAP On the eve of the federal budget, former ALP leader Mark Latham has announced he is joining the Liberal Democratic Party, headed by David Leyonhjelm. Mr Latham – who led Labor to defeat against former Liberal prime minister John Howard in the… Ex-Labor leader Mark… Read More »

Police in Turkey raid publisher’s offices, confiscate 2,000 books

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Police in Turkey raided the offices of Belge Publishing in Istanbul and confiscated 2,000 books, reported Turkish language media. KOMNEWS The prominent independent publisher, set up 40 years ago by writer-journalist Ragip Zarakolu and his late wife human rights advocate Aysenur Zarakolu, and known for publishing controversial and critical books, was raided by a team of anti… According to reports, the… Police in Turkey… Read More »

Wikipedia Is Latest Victim of Turkey’s Frenzy Over ISIS Reporting

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Any report or hint that links Turkey to jihadi operatives in Syria is certainly bound to draw ire of Ankara. And the world’s biggest online encyclopedia Wikipedia is no exception. Abdullah Ayasun The Global Post It has become the latest victim of Turkey’s frenzy over the matter. When Turkey blocked access to interactive online encyclopedia Wikipedia last week, it… Wikipedia Is Latest… Read More »

Report: Turkey Is Preparing To Arrest 215,000 More In Crackdown

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Turkey’s sweeping purge is set to further expand as the pro-government media is sending signals of a new, larger wave with a new list of 215,000 individuals sent to 81 provinces for police… Abdullah Ayasun The Global Post The media rumor mill has been on overdrive about the biggest purge campaign, which, reports said, has yet… Majority of them are believed to be members of the… Report: Turkey Is… Read More »

Outgoing human rights commissioner Gillian Triggs wins freedom of speech award

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Triggs named 2017 recipient of the Voltaire award as her five-year contract comes to an… Calla Wahlquist The Guardian Gillian Triggs will receive a top award for freedom of speech one week before her five-year contract as Australian human rights commissioner… Triggs, who has been consistently criticised by the Abbott and Turnbull governments for her condemnation of… Outgoing human rights… Read More »

I’m Turkish Journalist. I Left Everything Behind For Honest Reporting

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I am a Turkish journalist and I’m coming from a country that has the highest number of imprisoned or exiled journalists in the world. Arzu Yildiz The Global Post Aside from journalists, I am from a country where even a police dog was exiled after it was claimed to be a dissident. Remember that Syria-bound trucks carrying arms and intercepted on the border? I was the first journalist to break that… I’m Turkish Journalist… Read More »

Modern Confidential: Digital Privacy Today

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The notion of personal privacy in a digital society may be out of date. The Wheeler Centre While many of us say we still want it, we willingly share our data – and dislike paying to protect it. Governments and online businesses covet our personal information. Modern Confidential: Digital… Presented in partnership with Liberty Victoria, and the City of Melbourne as part of Knowledge Week. Read More »

Turkish authorities block Wikipedia without giving reason

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Turkey has blocked all access inside the country to the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia. BBC Officials said “an administrative measure” had been taken, but gave no reason why. Turkish media said authorities had asked Wikipedia to remove content by writers “supporting terror”. Turkey has temporarily blocked social media sites including Facebook and Twitter in the past, usually following protests or … Turkish authorities block… Read More »

2017 World Press Freedom Index – tipping point

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Analyses – The 2017 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reflects a world in which attacks on the media have become commonplace and strongmen are on the rise. We have reached the age of post-truth, propaganda, and suppression of freedoms – especially in democracies. Читать по-русски / Read in Russian I. Democracies falling, advent of strongmen RSF’s latest World Press Freedom Index highlights the danger of a 2017 World Press… Read More »

Artist is Creating a Parthenon Made of 100,000 Banned Books: A Monument to Democracy & Intellectual Freedom

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With the rise of Far Right candidates in Europe and in America, along with creeping dictatorship in Turkey and authoritarianism in the Philippines, the idea of democracy and freedom of speech feels under threat more than… Open Culture While we don’t talk about political solutions here on Open Culture, we do believe in the power of art to… Argentine artist Marta Minujín is creating a large-scale artwork called The Parthenon of Books that… Artist is Creating… Read More »

Saudi Arabia sentences an atheist to death for uploading a video renouncing Islam and the Prophet Mohammed

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Saudi Arabia has sentenced an atheist to death for uploading a video in which he renounced Islam and the Prophet… GARETH DAVIES FOR MAILONLINE DailyMail The man has been identified locally as Ahmad Al Shamri who is in his 20s and from the town of Hafar al… Saudi authorities first picked him up in 2014 after he uploaded the video showing men and women dancing which led to him being charged with atheism and… Saudi Arabia sentences… Read More »

Doctors will have right to refuse assisted death requests under planned reforms

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Doctors will have the right to refuse to help terminally ill patients who wish to die provided they don’t obstruct people from seeking… Farrah Tomazin The Age In a high-level report to be considered by cabinet, an expert panel is set to recommend allowing doctors to hold a “conscientious… But medical clinicians who are willing to help patients end their life may be… Doctors will have… Read More »

Why do you need a digital identity?

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In the 21st century it’s not the GDP that determines a country’s success, but the laws and policies driving its… ABC Estonia is a digital pioneer offering e-identity and e-citizenships as well as a whole range of the digitalised government, education and public… Toomas Ilves, the former president of Estonia, explains why the country went all digital and how you can do it… Why do you… Read More »

Thai king endorses new constitution, 20th since 1932

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Critics say the charter is undemocratic and will allow the military to keep its grip on power even after… Al Jazeera Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn endorsed the country’s new constitution on Thursday, an essential step towards holding an election to restore democracy after the… The constitution is the nation’s 20th since the absolute monarchy was abolished in 1932, but critics say it will still give the… Thai king endorses… Read More »

Recognising Aboriginal Australia is still in the too-hard basket

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Julia Gillard started it, Tony Abbott vowed to “sweat blood” to finish it, and Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten are committed to it, but the task in question is proving more daunting than… Michael Gordon Brisbane Times More than six years after Australia began a process to finally recognise Indigenous Australians in the constitution, there is a very real prospect that… Recognising Aboriginal Australia… Read More »