2024-05-15: News Headlines

Yale Law School. (2024-05-15). Lawsuit Succeeds In Lifting Gag Rules At Pittsburgh Jail. popularresistance.org In a win for government accountability in Pennsylvania, the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic at Yale Law School and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press have succeeded in lifting Allegheny County Jail rules that forbid employees from talking to the press or posting information on social media. | As part of a settlement reached in the federal First Amendment lawsuit on April 23, the Pittsburgh jail has adopted new policies that affirm employees' right to speak and to disclose wrongdoing at the jail. The policies also empower jail employees to speak out to the press on matters of public conce…

albawaba (2024-05-15). France on high alert as drug gang leader escapes prison. albawaba.com

W. T. Whitney (2024-05-15). US Labor Must Weigh in on Cuba. counterpunch.org Taking note of International Workers' Day, several Latin American news sources this year cited José Martí's 1886 essay "A Terrible Drama;" two of them republished it, here and here. There Martí reports on events in Chicago in 1886 and the fate of the so-called Haymarket Martyrs — seven labor journalists and agitators railroaded to prison and given death sentences. Another received a 15-year prison term. Martí, who

Kevin Gosztola (2024-05-15). Judge Jails Australia War Crimes Whistleblower In 'Shameful' Attack On Press Freedom. thedissenter.org The following article was made possible by paid subscribers of The Dissenter. 

WSWS (2024-05-15). Australian whistleblower sent to prison for exposing Afghan war crimes. wsws.org David McBride is the first person prosecuted over the documented war crimes, including extrajudicial killings—not for perpetrating them but for exposing them.

Reuters (2024-05-15). TikTok creators file suit to block US divest or ban law, call Chinese app 'part of American life'. scmp.com The platform and parent company ByteDance have filed a similar lawsuit, arguing the law violates the US Constitution and runs afoul of free speech protections.

aljazeera (2024-05-15). France prison van attack: All we know about the ambush and fugitive Amra. aljazeera.com Armed men ambushed a prison van to free a prisoner killing two prison guards, triggering a major police manhunt.

Josiah Mortimer (2024-05-15). More Protesters to Face Prison as Government Plans Bans on Face Masks and Flares at Demonstrations. bylinetimes.com The Government is pushing to ban the use of flares and other pyrotechnics at protests and to let police forces ban face coverings, in the latest spree of anti-protest legislation. | Ministers have quietly published new amendments to the Criminal Justice Bill which include further restrictions on the right to protest, part of a move condemned by NGOs including Liberty as a dangerous clampdown on free assembly. | Under the proposed plans, any police constable of inspector rank or above would be able to ban face coverings in any area within their remit for 24 hours, if they believe "the protest is likely to invol…

Hugo GABBERO (2024-05-15). Azerbaijan: Arbitrary detention of Anar Mammadli. fidh.org In a context of increasing crackdown on civil society in Azerbaijan, more than 30 organisations including OMCT and FIDH in the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders call for the immediate release of Anar Mammadli and urge the authorities of Azerbaijan to end reprisals against human rights defenders in the country.
We, the undersigned human rights organisations, condemn in strongest possible terms the Azerbaijani authorities' detention of Anar Mammadli, (…) | – |

Reuters (2024-05-15). Manhunt in France after gunmen ambush prison van to free drug dealer, kill 2 guards. scmp.com French police were hunting for a group of gunmen who killed two prison officers in an attack at a motorway toll that freed a convict known as 'The Fly'.

presstv.ir (2024-05-15). Prison officers protest outside Gradignan prison after two officers killed. presstv.ir Prison officers demonstrate in front of the Bordeaux-Gradignan penitentiary center a day after two officers were killed.

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