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Burkina Faso: Parliament Amends Penal Code

(Sept. 20, 2019) On June 20, 2019, Burkina Faso’s Parliament amended the country’s Penal Code to introduce a series of new offenses that aim to fight terrorism and organized crime, fight the spread of “fake news,” and suppress efforts to “demoralize” the Burkinabe armed forces. Many journalists and NGOs have denounced the newly created offenses, […]

Canada: New Bill Prohibits Religious Symbols for Public-Sector Workers in Quebec

(Aug. 6, 2019) On June 16, 2019, Quebec’s National Assembly, in a 75–35 vote, passed Bill No. 21, which prohibits the display of religious symbols by public-sector workers in the work place. The controversial Bill was the government’s fourth attempt in the past decade to introduce religious neutrality to the province. (Bill No. 21, An […]

Russia: Russian President Signs Anti-fake News Laws

(Apr. 11, 2019) On March 18, 2019, Russian president Vladimir Putin signed two laws passed by the Russian parliament aimed at countering the creation and dissemination of fake news. (Federal Law on Amending Article 15-3 of the Federal Law on Information, Information Technologies and Protection of Information, Mar. 18, 2019, Pravo legal media website (in […]

Brazil: Federal Supreme Court Orders Criminal Investigation into Fake News Involving the Court

(Apr. 1, 2019) On March 14, 2019, Minister Dias Toffoli, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (Supremo Tribunal Federal, STF), announced that he had enacted an Administrative Act (Portaria) ordering the opening of a criminal investigation into fake news and internet threats targeting the STF and its ministers and family members. (President of […]

Australia: Queensland Enacts Historic Human Rights Legislation

(Mar. 6, 2019) On February 27, 2019, the Queensland Parliament passed the Human Rights Bill 2018 (Qld), making it the third jurisdiction in Australia to enshrine human rights protections in such legislation. (Human Rights Bill 2018 (Qld), Queensland Parliament website; Jack Maxwell, A Human Rights Act for Queensland, OXFORD HUMAN RIGHTS HUB (Nov. 26, 2018).) […]

China: Rules on Blockchain-Based Information Services Issued Requiring Authentication of Users’ Real Identities

(Feb. 12, 2019) On January 10, 2019, China’s cyberspace information regulator, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), issued the Administrative Provisions on Blockchain Information Services, a set of rules governing blockchain-based information services. The Provisions will take effect on February 15, 2019. (Administrative Provisions on Blockchain Information Services (Jan. 10, 2019, effective Feb. 15, 2019) […]

France: Senate Rejects ‘Fake News Ban’ Bills

(Sept. 24, 2018) On July 26, 2018, the French Senate rejected two controversial bills aimed at “fighting fake news.” (Press Release, Sénat [Senate], Lutte contre la manipulation de l’information [Fight Against the Manipulation of Information] (July 26, 2018).) Background First announced by President Emmanuel Macron last January and adopted by the Assemblée Nationale (National Assembly) […]