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EU Authorities Dismantle Sham Medicine Trafficker Groups

Targeting the global trade of illicit pharmaceuticals, European customs authorities have seized over 40 million EUR (US$42.5 million) worth of fake and misused pharmaceuticals, doping products, illegal hormonal and sport supplements, forged COVID vaccines and medicines for erectile dysfunction, Europol announced on Monday.

Meta Cracks Down on Spyware Vendors

Facebook’s parent company Meta said that it removed a number of spyware firms this year, including in China, Russia, Israel, the United States and India, which targeted people in almost 200 countries and territories.

Kazakhstan Detains Famous Investigative Reporter

A court in Kazakhstan decided on Tuesday to keep one of the country’s best known investigative reporters in custody for two months and investigate allegations against him which he and his supporters believe to have been fabricated in revenge over articles he wrote.

Report: 2022 a Perilous Year for Journalists

Being a journalist has never been more dangerous, according to the most recent Reporters Without Borders (RSF) annual round-up of violence and abuses against journalists, which says that “a record total of 533 journalists are currently detained worldwide.”