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Digital Life Politics Religious Freedom

Former judge says misinformation laws could tread ‘dangerous path’

Former judge Patrick Parkinson says Labor’s proposed laws to combat online misinformation will send it down a “dangerous path” of censorship, cautioning that religious teachings and claims about gender identity could be captured by the bill. Source: The Australian.

Middle East Religious Freedom

Cardinal Sako seeks Vatican support to regain authority in Iraq

Iraq’s Chaldean Catholic Cardinal Louis Sako said he would like more Vatican support as he tries to regain formal recognition as the Chaldean patriarch in the country. Source: NCR Online.

Digital Life Politics Religious Freedom

PM defends social media disinformation bill

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese defended Labor’s social media disinformation bill yesterday, explaining it addresses concerns of media organisations about misinformation on social media. Source: The Guardian.

Digital Life Politics Religious Freedom

Church seeks exemption for religious belief in misinformation bill

Catholics and Muslims have raised the alarm about the potential for Labor’s new online misinformation laws to restrain the teaching of religious doctrine on issues such as euthanasia. Source: The Age.

New South Wales Religious Freedom

NSW to establish ‘milestone’ advisory faith council

Religious leaders will use a “milestone” faith council to push New South Wales Premier Chris Minns for stronger protections for religious freedom, amendments to euthanasia laws and better outcomes for their communities. Source: The Australian.

Religious Freedom

Christians facing ‘rising tide’ of persecution

Christians in Asia and across the world are facing a rising tide of various forms of persecution, which require global attention and action, according to a new report. Source: UCA News.

Religious Freedom South Asia

Pakistan pays compensation to Christians who lost homes to Muslim mobs

Pakistani authorities on Monday handed out thousands of dollars to nearly 100 Christian families whose homes were destroyed or damaged by a Muslim mob angered over an alleged desecration of the Koran last week. Source: Crux.

Religious Freedom South Asia

Pakistan bishops call for prayer after Christian homes and churches attacked

Bishops in Pakistan have called for prayer after an angry mob vandalised several Christian homes and churches in the district of Faisalabad on Wednesday following allegations of blasphemy and desecration of the Koran. Source: Crux.

Middle East Religious Freedom

Israeli president condemns violence against Christians

Israeli president Isaac Herzog has condemned attacks by Jewish extremists against Christian places of worship in the country. Source: CNA.