Ecuador Bans Political Cartoon, Iran Executes Poet, Pakistani Drone Activist Abducted

Ecuador says this seemingly innocuous cartoon is against the law

Bonil, as the Ecuadorean humorist is known, has become the first media worker to be sanctioned under his country’s controversial — critics say repressive — new communications law.

The Orwellian-sounding Superintendency of Information and Communication has fined his newspaper, El Universo, $93,000 and ordered it to run a correction over this political cartoon:

xavier bonilla cartoon

“KNOCK KNOCK. Christmas gifts!” Caption: “Police and chief prosecutor raid home of Fernando Villavicencio and take documentation of corruption claims.”

Freedom House Condemns Iran’s Hanging Of Renowned Poet

An Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal reportedly had sentenced the poet to death, along with 14 others, last July on charges that included “waging war on God.”

In a statement on February 5, Freedom House said Shaabani was subjected to severe torture and interrogation during his three years in prison.

Anti-drone activist goes missing in Pakistan

An anti-drone activist and journalist from Pakistan is missing after being abducted from his home, his lawyer said Monday.

Kareem Khan was seized from his home in Rawalpindi on the night of February 5th, according to attorney Shazad Akbar.

He was picked up by 20 men, some of them dressed in police uniforms, Akbar said.

“Kareem Khan was my first client in 2010 against U.S. drone strikes in the tribal areas of Pakistan,” Shahzad told CNN Monday.

Shahzad said he lodged a complaint with local police but they denied having picked him up.

White House considers drone strike on US citizen abroad

A U.S. citizen who is allegedly a member of Al-Qaeda is actively planning attacks against Americans overseas, U.S. officials said, and the Obama administration is wrestling with the question of whether to kill him with a drone strike – and how to do so legally under its new and stricter targeting policy announced last year.

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