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Burgeoning anti-terror laws

Lennart Kjörling

According to a new report by Human Rights Watch, 140 countries have passed anti-terrorism laws since 9/11, many of them using the war on terror to justify crackdowns on political dissent and online activity. The U.S.'s Patriot Act, which gave the government increased powers of surveillance, investigation and detention that could bypass the public eye, became a green light for countries the world over to erode free expression, clearly visible on the first anniversary of 2001. And the laws continue to be misused, as evidenced by Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega's conviction on trumped-up terrorism charges in Ethiopia just last week. He faces life in prison.

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