Freedom of speech

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam listens to reporters' questions during a press conference in Hong Kong, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. TikTok said Tuesday it will stop operations in Hong Kong, joining other social media companies in warily eyeing ramifications of a sweeping national security law that took effect last week.(AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
July 07, 2020 - 6:16 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam offered scant reassurance Tuesday over a new national security law that critics say undermines liberties and legal protections promised when China took control of the former British colony. A year ago, Hong Kong residents felt secure enough in their...
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The U.S. Supreme Court is seen Tuesday, June 30, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
July 06, 2020 - 11:33 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday upheld a 1991 law that bars robocalls to cellphones. The case, argued by telephone in May because of the coronavirus pandemic, only arose after Congress in 2015 created an exception in the law that allowed the automated calls for collection of...
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Russian journalist Svetlana Prokopyeva holds a bunch of flowers after a court session in Pskov, Russia, Monday, July 6, 2020. A court in the city of Pskov convicted Prokopyeva on charges of condoning terrorism on Monday and ordered her to pay a fine in a case that has been widely criticized as an attack on freedom of speech. (AP Photo)
July 06, 2020 - 8:44 am
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian journalist on Monday was convicted on charges of condoning terrorism and ordered to pay a fine in a case that has been widely criticized as an attack on freedom of speech. The court in the city of Pskov has found Svetlana Prokopyeva guilty of “justifying terrorism” and...
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FILE - This Feb. 25, 2020, photo shows the icon for TikTok taken in New York. India is banning 59 apps with Chinese links, saying their activities endanger the country’s sovereignty, defense and security. India’s decision comes as its troops are in a tense standoff with Chinese soldiers in eastern Ladakh in the Himalayas that started last month. India lost 20 soldiers in a June 15 clash. The government says the banned apps include TikTok, UC Browser, WeChat and Bigo Live, as well as the e-commerce platforms Club Factory and Shein, that are used in mobile and non-mobile devices connected to the Internet.(AP Photo, File)
July 06, 2020 - 4:33 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian TikTok users awoke Tuesday to a notice from the popular short-video app saying the company was working to comply with an India government ban on dozens of Chinese apps amid a military standoff between the two countries. While service in India was suspended, the ban was...
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Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly answers questions from reporters about the coronavirus pandemic after a meeting with legislative leaders, Thursday, July 2, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Kelly has issued an order to require people to wear masks in public and at their workplaces. (AP Photo/John Hanna)
July 04, 2020 - 8:09 pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A weekly Kansas newspaper whose publisher is a county Republican Party chairman posted a cartoon on its Facebook page likening the Democratic governor's order requiring people to wear masks in public to the roundup and murder of millions of Jews during the Holocaust. The cartoon...
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FILE - Demonstrators take part in an anti-racism demonstration in Copenhagen, Denmark, Sunday, June 7, 2020, prompted by the recent death of black man George Floyd by a white police officer in USA. Rights activists say racism exists in Denmark and have accused officials of being color-blind, saying race issues are not acknowledged or taken seriously by the authorities. (Nikolai Linares/Ritzau Scanpix FILE via AP)
July 02, 2020 - 9:05 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Rights activists on Thursday accused Danish officials of being unable to recognize racism after authorities said the killing of a biracial man by two white men was not racially motivated. “In Denmark, white people are colorblind. They cannot see that racism exists. That...
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Participants march during the "Taiwan Pride March for the World!" at Liberty Square at the CKS Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, Sunday, June 28, 2020. This year marks the first Gay Pride march in Chicago 1970, and due to the COVID-19 lockdown, Taiwan is one of the very few countries to host the world's only physical Gay Pride. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
June 28, 2020 - 10:04 am
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The Taiwanese capital held its annual LGBT pride parade on Sunday, making it one of the few places in the world to proceed with such an event in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. The parade in Taipei has drawn tens of thousands of people in the past, but participant...
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This this photo provided by Howell family shows Justin Howel. When a participant at a rally in Austin to protest police brutality threw a rock at a line of officers in the Texas capital, officers responded by firing beanbag rounds ammunition that law enforcement deems “less lethal” than bullets. A beanbag cracked Howell's skull and, according to his family, damaged his brain. Adding to the pain, police admit the Texas State University student wasn't the intended target. (David Frost via AP)
June 27, 2020 - 12:54 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — When a participant at a rally in Austin to protest police brutality threw a rock at a line of officers in the Texas capital, officers responded by firing beanbag rounds — ammunition that law enforcement deems “less lethal” than bullets. A beanbag cracked 20-year-old Justin...
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FILE - In this July 1, 2018 file photo a makeshift memorial is seen at the scene outside the office building housing The Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Md. Maryland is set to award $300,000 for the construction of a memorial honoring the victims of the 2018 shooting at the a newspaper office that killed five people. The Capital Gazette reports the state plans to award the funds next week for a memorial called “Guardians of Free Speech." (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
June 25, 2020 - 8:53 am
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland is set to award $300,000 for the construction of a memorial honoring the victims of a deadly shooting at a newspaper office. The state plans to award the funds next week for a memorial that will be located in an Annapolis park and pay tribute to slain Capital Gazette...
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June 23, 2020 - 6:15 am
BEIJING (AP) — China warned Tuesday it will take countermeasures after the U.S. added four more Chinese media outlets to a list of organizations that should be considered “foreign missions” in the United States because of their ties to the government and ruling Communist Party. Foreign ministry...
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