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New Zealand: ‘No Evidence’ for Sri Lanka Claim Jihad Was Revenge for Christchurch

Officials from other nations are disputing, or at least declining to support, Sri Lankan Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardene’s contention that the Easter Sunday terrorist bombings in his country, which killed 359 people as of the latest count, were intended as retaliation for the shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March.

Baby Joseph Gomes prays standing next to coffins of his family members killed in the Easter Sunday bombings in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, April 23, 2019. Gomes lost five members of his family. The six near-simultaneous attacks on three churches and three luxury hotels and three related blasts later Sunday …

Hayward: Viral Authoritarianism Spreads from China to Australia with New Censorship Law

Australia’s parliament on Wednesday passed a strict new social media law that could fine tech companies, or even jail their executives, if they allow violent material to be posted on their sites or fail to remove it quickly enough after complaints are filed. An op-ed at Sky News on Thursday conceded that China might have had the right idea all along about censoring and controlling the Internet.

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Greece Angered by Erdogan’s Proposal to Turn the Hagia Sophia into a Mosque

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan proposed converting the fabled Hagia Sophia into a mosque on Sunday. The Greek government responded with anger on Monday, pointing out that the Hagia Sophia was the seat of Greek Orthodox Christianity for centuries and has been designated a World Heritage Site by the United Nations.

The interior of the Hagia Sophia's dome showing the Madonna and Child in the center. The Islamic panels were added centuries later after the Muslim conquest of the city. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

New Zealand ISPs Ban Websites Hosting Christchurch Shooting Video

New Zealand ISPs are banning websites which host the Christchurch mosque shooter’s video of the massacre. In New Zealand, sharing the video is a criminal offense, and one 22-year-old reportedly faces at least ten years in prison for sharing it online. The Internet companies are not taking action against Facebook, where the video was originally livestreamed.

New Zealand massacre provides test for live video platforms

Turkish Prez Showing Christchurch Footage at Rallies, NZ Fears He Is Endangering Kiwis

Turkey’s Islamist president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been inflaming his supporters by showing footage of the suspected far-right terror attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, at political rallies — a move which potentially “imperils the future and safety of the New Zealand people and our people abroad”, according to the Pacific country’s foreign minister.

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