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12 July 2012 | ABC Newsdiscussion paper written by the Attorney-General's Department for a parliamentary joint committee looking at reforms to national security legislation. Greens Senator Scott Ludlam says the proposals are deeply worrying. He says the powers of security agencies have steadily increased since 2001, and they should be wound back. "Firstly, we will see an unwarranted expansion of security agencies and other agencies and the second thing we will see is the phone companies and internet forced to retain all of your private data for a period of years so it can be gone back over," he said. Attorney-General Nicola Roxon has emphasised the Government has not yet made any decisions about the new powers. She says the legislation will also strengthen privacy safeguards.
12 July 2012 | Knight Centerreported the freedom of expression organization Article 19. At about 4:30 a.m., the newspaper El Norte reported a grenade attack against its office in the city of Monterrey, in northern Mexico. At 6 a.m., the newspaper El Manana reported an explosion outside of its offices in the border city of Nuevo Laredo. Later on, at 4 p.m., another one of the El Norte newspaper's offices was attacked with a grenade and heavy weapons, reported the newspaper. None of the three attacks injured anyone and only material damages were reported. This was the second attack against El Manana this year, and the third attack since 2006. The newspaper's offices are protected by the Mexican military and a note was found near the building signed by a criminal group, according to the newspaper El Universal. Since 2006, El Manana has stopped publishing news about organized crime after suffering a grenade attack and the killing of its publishing director in 2004. None of these crimes have been investigated yet. Since 2006, the year in which the war against organized crime and drugs started, 39 attacks against Mexican news outlets with explosives have been registered, according to Article 19.
12 July 2012 | Reuters