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Former Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudi Arabia by digging into the accounts of kingdom critics
November 8, 2019
Author: Ellen Nakashima and Greg Bensinger
Source: The Washington Post
The Justice Department has charged two former Twitter employees with spying for Saudi Arabia by accessing the company’s information on dissidents who use the platform, marking the first time federal prosecutors have publicly accused the kingdom of running agents in the United States.One of those implicated in the scheme, according to court papers, is an associate of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who the CIA has concluded likely ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

CPJ Safety Advisory: Journalist targets of Pegasus spyware
November 8, 2019
Author: Maria Salazar Ferro
Source: Committee to Protect Journalists
Pegasus is a spyware created for mobile devices which transforms a cellphone into a mobile surveillance station. Researchers have documented it being used to spy on journalists. This raises significant implications for journalists’ own security and that of their sources.In 2018, Citizen Lab said it had detected Pegasus in over 45 countries. Pegasus could have been deployed against journalists and civil society actors in Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Morocco, Togo, Israel, the U.S., and the Un

SKF Director Ayman Mhanna joins the Contact Group for Internet Content and Jurisdiction Policy
November 6, 2019
On November 5, 2019, the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network announced the appointment of Ayman Mhanna, Executive Director of the Samir Kassir Foundation, as a member of the Contact Group on its Content and Jurisdiction Program. Over 140 senior-level members from 80 entities will work together in multi-stakeholder Contact Groups. They represent key global actors from governments, Internet companies, technical operators, civil society, leading universities and international organizations.

Palestinian journalist Bassam Moheisen detained by Hamas forces in Gaza since October 23
November 4, 2019
Source: Committee to Protect Journalists
On October 23, 2019, officers of the Hamas-affiliated Internal Security Forces arrested journalist Bassam Mohammad Moheisen, a reporter for the Palestinian National Authority-affiliated Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation in Gaza, at the forces’ headquarters west of Gaza City after the journalist responded to a summons, according to a statement by Moheisen’s employer and news reports.The journalist’s family has not been able to visit him in detention, and authorities have not announced an