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Tomorrow, it’s #WorldPressFreedomDay! The theme “Journalism Under Digital Siege” was chosen following the #PegasusProject.

On May 3, 5 PM CEST, we will talk about our #SafeBoxNetwork during the @UNESCO Global Conference: wpfd2022.vii.events.

Learn more about the speakers ⤵️
#WorldPressFreedomDay | Who will be speaking?

🇲🇽 María Teresa Montaño Delgado, founder of @TheObserverMex.

Her investigations on cases of corruption and embezzlement by the state’s administration have earned her many threats. She shares her information with the #SafeBoxNetwork.
#WorldPressFreedomDay | Who will be speaking?

🇵🇾 @GuachireM, independent investigative journalist, specializes on corruption, drug trafficking and smuggling.

In March 2022, he suddenly faced serious threats and has decided to secure his material with the #SafeBoxNetwork.
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🇪🇺Today, the European Parliament's #Pegasus inquiry committee will start its work.

9 months ago, #PegasusProject - a consortium of journalists led by @FbdnStories - uncovered systematic abuses with NSO Group's Pegasus spyware. One of these abusers was Orbán's Hungary.

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2/ Hungary was the first EU member state where we found that multiple journalists and media company owners were surveilled with the Israeli spyware. Orbán's gov't neither confirmed nor denied anything. Here's our in-depth @direkt36 article with @andraspe: direkt36.hu/en/leleplezodo…
3/ Later, we published more articles on surveilled journalists. One of them, Brigitta Csikász is a Hungarian investigative journalist mostly covering the justice system and crime. During her surveillance, for example, she wrote about misuse of EU funds.
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BREAKING: we @citizenlab found signs of a #Pegasus spyware infection at the 🇬🇧Prime Minister's office, 10 Downing St.

We notified 🇬🇧.

We'd found other infections within the Gov.. THREAD 1/

Must-read by @RonanFarrow: newyorker.com/magazine/2022/…
2/ Meanwhile, we also found signs that multiple 🇬🇧 officials at the @FCDOGovUK had been infected with #Pegasus spyware.
3/ Many assumed that 🇬🇧's vaunted security apparatus could protect the government from the scourge of mercenary spyware like #Pegasus.

Wrong.

🇬🇧 got spectacularly burned.

So, which foreign governments might have hacked @10DowningStreet & @FCDOGovUK?
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NSO Group, the blacklisted Israeli company that makes Pegasus spyware, has been deemed “valueless” to its private equity backers - who bought it at a $1bn valuation three years ago

@FT scoop -> on.ft.com/3jnzfov
NSO revealed in December that it had received no new customer bookings for its Pegasus spyware since @FbdnStories published #PegasusProject in July, according to a claim in court filings
The assessment that NSO’s equity is worthless is a blow to major investors - from Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala, to the pension fund of British Gas’ parent company Centrica, to UK and US public pension funds - who ploughed money into the private equity fund that bought it
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Today, the @EU_EDPS released its preliminary remarks on the use of intrusive spyware such as NSO Group’s Pegasus.

The EDPS is clear: the abuse of tools such as Pegasus pose a direct threat to the Right to Privacy and they must be banned.

@EU_EDPS Pegasus has been used to unlawfully target activists, journalists, lawyers and others globally – including in EU Member States such as Belgium, France, Hungary and Spain.

EU Commissioner @dreynders has also called for urgent action against the use of Pegasus spyware.
@EU_EDPS @dreynders A lack of meaningful accountability, coupled with weak and inadequate regulation has allowed these human rights violations flourish in the EU and globally.

Revelations such as the #PegasusProject do not come from a vacuum - they are the result of this inaction.
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New @citizenlab report, #ProjectTorogoz, documenting the use of NSO's Pegasus spyware in El Salvador, in collab w/ @AccessNow, w/ assistance from @FrontLineHRD @MohdMaskati, @socialtic, and @fundacionacceso, and w/ peer review from @AmnestyTech citizenlab.ca/2022/01/projec…
We confirmed, through forensic analysis, 35 cases of journalists and civil society members whose phones were successfully hacked with NSO Group's Pegasus spyware from July 2020 through November 2021.
The targets included journalists at @_elfaro_, @GatoEncerradoSV, @prensagrafica, @Disruptiva2, @ElMundoSV, @EDHNoticias, and 2 independent journalists. Also NGOs @fundaciondtj, @cristosal, and another (anonymous) NGO.
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As @Europarl_EN rapporteur on the #RuleOfLaw situation in Hungary, I am extremely worried @EU2021SI hasn't made any progress with the #Article7 proceedings.

Yet, within the last 6 months, Fidesz has managed to further deteriorate democracy within its own country. Since June⤵️
🔴 The anti-#LGBTIQ law entered into force, banning any cultural content in school education programmes, films or advertisements "promoting homosexuality".

france24.com/en/europe/2021…
🔴 @FbdnStories published the #PegasusProject with @AmnestyTech , revealing the abuse of the Pegasus spyware by numerous governments.

Hungary is the only EU member state which allegedly used the spyware against its own opponents & journalists.

cz.boell.org/en/2021/08/02/…
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To @NSOgroup: When the U.S. Commerce Dept. recognizes you as targeting journalists and helping authoritarians, it's time to reconsider your business model.

commerce.gov/news/press-rel…
This summer the #PegasusProject revealed even more digital rights abuses by @NSOgroup.

forbiddenstories.org/case/the-pegas…
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#PegasusProject #OrderAnalysis❗️ Long Thread Alert 🧵

BIG NEWS: The Supreme Court of India has constituted a technical committee to investigate the allegations of #Pegasus use against Indian citizens. 1/14

internetfreedom.in/sc-appoints-a-…
WHAT CAN THE COMMITTEE DO? 👁‍🗨

It is to enquire and investigate whether the #Pegasus spyware was acquired by any Government; whether it was used on phones/devices of Indians to access stored data, eavesdrop, intercept information; and/or for any other purpose. 2/n
The Committee can also make recommendations regarding new laws around #surveillance to secure the right to #privacy as well as about establishment of a mechanism for citizens to raise grievances grievances if they fear they are under illegal surveillance. 3/n
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PEGASUS JUDGMENT THREAD

CJI NV Ramana led bench to deliver judgment on a batch of petitions seeking an independent probe into the #PegasusSpyware scandal which had allegedly compromised privacy of individuals and institutions

#SupremeCourt
#pegasusproject
#judgment
The judgment will be pronounced at 10.30 am today

#SupremeCourt
#pegasusproject
#judgment
The three-judge bench to assemble shortly
#SupremeCourt #PegasusSnoopgate
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Israeli @NSOgroup is part of the global spyware trade which profits from repression.

Civil society is uniting to stop this. Activists in India, where 300+ names appeared on the target list of Pegasus, have launched this campaign. Join us! bit.ly/3E9VhU7

Here's why 👇🏾
In July 2021, #PegasusProject exposed the use of Israeli @NSOgroup's spyware against thousands of journalists, activists & politicians. Apartheid Israel is at the center of the spyware trade, which is repressive by design and field-tested on Palestinians.

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Cambridge University has cancelled a £400M deal with the UAE dictatorship over its use of Pegasus against journalists and human rights defenders. All institutions must also end ties with apartheid Israel which produces this life-threatening technology.

bit.ly/3aOxV9B
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🏆 The #PegasusProject, a collaborative international investigation led by @FbdnStories, has just won the 2021 Daphne Caruana Galizia Prize for Journalism. The award ceremony was held in the European Parliament today. THREAD ⬇️ europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-… 1/9
@FbdnStories This project involved 80+ reporters working for 17 outlets across the world, including OCCRP. It showed how “Pegasus” spyware made by NSO Group, an Israeli tech company, was used to infiltrate the cell phones of journalists, activists, and politicians. 2/9 occrp.org/en/the-pegasus…
@FbdnStories Among those targeted by the software — which NSO Group claims is meant only for use against criminals and terrorists — was Khadija Ismayilova, an award-winning and frequently persecuted Azerbaijani investigative reporter. 3/9
occrp.org/en/the-pegasus…
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61/. Human rights lawyer & husband of ex-PM, Cherie Blair has been revealed as ‘ethics advisor’ to NSO, the Israeli firm that sold #PegasusSpyware to human rights abusing govts

NSO are implicated in facilitating the murder of Jamal Kashoggi. #Pegasus thetimes.co.uk/article/cherie…
62/. On Saturday, we mark the 4th anniversary of the murder of #DaphneCaruanaGalizia

At the time, she was investigating the Panama Papers & links btw SCL/#CambridgeAnalytica & Henley Ptnrs

There are vigils in Malta & London

@Europarl_EN has a journalism award in her honour. ImageImageImageImage
63/. In times of greater repression the job of journalists becomes more vital than ever: more vital & more dangerous

It’s in the interest of the corrupt & powerful to silence effective media

Today we mark 4 years since the murder of #DaphneCaruanaGalizia
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Deutsch Tamás claims that there's been no unlawful wire-tapping since 2010 in 🇭🇺. This is only true because the Minister of Justice has the discretion to authorize any wire-tapping & that no MoJ under Orbán has refrained themselves from extensively using this discretionary power.
Therefore to prevent further spying until the change of government, @momentumhu initiated a referendum. 👇#PegasusProject #Hungary #Democracy
1⃣ Wire-tapping may only be carried out with the permission of a judge.
2⃣ Confidentiality, sacramental seal and human dignity shall not be impaired.
3⃣ If the wire-tapping was unlawful, the person shall be notified subsequently.
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Important hearing at SC:

Batch of Pegasus petitions — seek probe into the #pegasus Controversy.

On the last date, Centre had told court that it will file an additional affidavit in Court.

#SupremeCourt
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The position is like this : petitions before your lordships seeking inquiries into unauthorised surveillance. I have filed an affidavit stating that in view of prevailing statutes, we are in compliance: Solicitor General Tushar Mehta
Nonetheless, issue is important so inquiry committee will be set up: Tushar Mehta, SGI
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Spionagesoftware #PegasusProject
Das #BKA hat offenbar unter größter Geheimhaltung umstrittene israelische Spähsoftware #Pegasus gekauft. @KonstantinNotz hatte dazu schriftliche Fragen an #Bundesregierung gestellt. Heute berät der #Innenausschuss zeit.de/politik/deutsc…
„Trotz gravierender rechtlicher Bedenken habe das #BKA einen Vertrag mit dem israelischen Unternehmen #NSOGroup abgeschlossen, heißt es in Sicherheitskreisen. Darüber will die #Bundesregierung heute im #Innenausschuss des Deutschen Bundestags unterrichten. #PegasusProject
hier die PM von @KonstantinNotz vom 21.07.21 zum #PegasusProject „Die #Bundesregierung ist bis heute Teil des Problems“ von-notz.de/2021/07/21/pm-… #BKA
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Pegasus Update: Today, the Supreme Court will hear the petitions on #PegasusProject disclosures today. IFF has provided legal assistance to Jharkhand based activists @RupeshKSingh85 and @IpsaShatakshi, as well as support to other journalists and civil society members. 1/n Rupesh Kumar Singh court update
The issues raised in these petitions are extremely important. The petitioners have asked the court to declare that the use of the #Pegasus spyware is unconstitutional, and direct the Union Government to protect Indian citizens from this #spyware. 2/n
On the last date of hearing, the SC issued a pre-admission notice to the Central Government in these petitions. Prior to that, the Union Government had filed an affidavit that did not confirm or deny its use of Pegasus. 3/n

internetfreedom.in/meity-filed-a-…
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Where transparency is not upheld as a value of public decision-making, citizens are at a disadvantage.

In August, IFF filed 64 RTI applications with various public authorities across India. Details 👇🏽 1/n
internetfreedom.in/digital-transp…
In July, we filed an RTI application with @GoI_MeitY seeking information regarding the #PegasusProject reports.

The Ministry recently responded to us stating that it did not pass any interception order under Section 69 of the Information Technology Act, 2000. 2/n
➡️ Was covid19india.org blocked for MTNL users in Delhi and Mumbai?
➡️ Is the Reserve Bank of India planning a digital currency for India?
➡️ What is the status of the investigation around ‘Sulli Deals’?
➡️ Will drones be used to collect data on farming in Telengana? 3/n
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#SupremeCourt to shortly hear plea seeking disbanding of Commission appointed by West Bengal Government for probing into the #Pegasuscontroversy. The two-member Commission is headed by retired Supreme Court Judge, Justice Madan B Lokur.
The West Bengal Government has submitted its affidavit before Court. Has said that the Union Government is evading looking into the #Pegasus issue & that having the committee by state will “put into place effective countermeasures against any rogue foreign spyware.”
The @MamataOfficial led Government defends need for State appointed Committee to look into #PegasusProject controversy. Says PIL Petitioner NGO has links to @RSSorg. #Pegasus
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Only a few minutes to go for #PrivacySupreme 2021!

Four years since the landmark #Puttaswamy judgement, join us for a discussion on the future of your right to privacy in the wake of the #PegasusLeaks 👇🏽

twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…
Today, we're talking about the #PegasusProject reports. @MitaliLive will be speaking with @ShashiTharoor on what could be India's response to such an exposé — where are investigations headed, and how can we move ahead in India? #PrivacySupreme
The #Pegasus story in India is not recent. @ShashiTharoor takes us through the trajectory of parliamentary responses to it. #PrivacySupreme
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New: Citizen Lab has discovered a new NSO "zero-click" attack that circumvents Apple’s 'BlastDoor' security defenses in iOS 14. At least one activist's iPhone was hacked with Pegasus spyware. Apple said it's aware, but no word yet on a security fix.

techcrunch.com/2021/08/24/nso…
The new exploit, called ForcedEntry, targeted a Bahraini human rights activist living in Bahrain, and likely hacked by the Bahraini government using an iOS 14 exploit to deploy Pegasus, said Citizen Lab. Eight other Bahrainis were also targeted, including @moosaakrawi in London.
The eight other Bahrainis were targeted with a different, older kind of NSO zero-click that predates ForcedEntry, called Kismet, which doesn't work on iOS 14 (because of BlastDoor). Five of the activists were on the #PegasusProject list of phone numbers.
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The SC issued a pre-admission notice to the Central Government in the petitions on the #PegasusProject and directed the registry to place the petitions before the court 10 days from now. (1/n)
The SC issued the direction after the Solicitor-General submitted for the government that it does not intend to file a detailed affidavit as it may divulge information related to national security. He added that govt. can place all details before an expert committee. (2/n)
@RupeshKSingh85 & @IpsaShatakshi were represented by Senior Advocate Arvind Datar, who led the legal team of Advocate-on-Record @PrateekKChadha, Mihir Naniwadekar, @VrindaBhandari, @TanmayPratapS & @krishnesh78. We thank everyone involved in this collective effort! (3/n)
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[#PegasusSnoopgate #SupremeCourt]

CJI NV Ramana led bench to hear a batch of petitions seeking various prayers including a court monitored probe, a judicial inquiry & directions to the government to reveal details about whether it had used the Pegasus software to spy on citizens
Centre had informed #SupremeCourt it will form a Committee of Experts in the field which will go into all aspects of the Pegasus snooping scandal

#PegasusProject #SupremeCourt
Senior Advocate Shyam Divan to continue with submissions today #SupremeCourt #PegasusSnoopgate
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[#PegasusSnoopgate #SupremeCourt]

CJI NV Ramana led bench to hear a batch of petitions seeking various prayers including a court monitored probe, a judicial inquiry & directions to the government to reveal details about whether it had used the Pegasus software to spy on citizens
Appearing for the Central government, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta had sought for more time to reply. Hence the matter is listed today. No official notice has been issued to the Centre yet
#supremecourt #pegasus
Former RSS ideologue KN Govindacharya has filed an application to revive his 2019 petition seeking a probe into the #Pegasus scandal which he had withdrawn to explore alternative remedies
#supremecourt @KGovindacharya
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