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Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan applauds during a conference in Istanbul in July 2020 as lawmakers made speeches before voting on a bill that would give the government greater powers to regulate social media. (Turkish Presidency via AP)

Dissidents of the Turkish government are living in fear in Canada

As Turkey reaches around the world to spy on and intimidate dissidents, new research shows Turks living in Canada are fearful and make frequent changes in how they live to protect themselves.
The Assange saga will drag on for months, if not years, before the UK courts, as his British lawyers fight the extradition proceedings tooth and nail. AAP/EPA/Facundo Arrizabalaga

As Assange faces court over extradition attempts, the case is complex and the stakes are high

As British courts this week hear arguments for and against the Wikileaks founder’s extradition to the US, the questions about journalism, the law and freedom of speech it raises are vital ones.
Foreign Minister Marise Payne has made clear that Yang Hengjun was not spying on behalf of Australia, but it may matter little in China, where the conviction rate is more than 99%. Bianca de Marchi/AAP

Yang Hengjun’s legal prospects in China appear grim, despite Australia’s forceful defences

The detained writer is entitled to Australian consular access while in prison in China, but like other detained Chinese-Australians, Canberra has few other legal options to help him.

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