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16 September 2019

Internet shutdowns and the right to access in Sudan: A post-revolution perspective

In response to a five-week long shutdown, a court ordered telecommunications companies to apologise to customers.

13 September 2019

Netizen Report: Malicious attack takes Wikipedia offline

This week, Wikipedia went dark, Raul Castro got kicked off Twitter and the internet finally came back to Papua.

12 September 2019

Serbian member of pro-Kremlin biker club under investigation for assaulting a female journalist

Journalist Verica Marinčić was stalked and attacked by a member of the 'Night Wolves' biker group, after posting a photo of his car, parked illegally.

9 September 2019

Singapore prime minister sues independent news website for defamation

The prime minister is suing The Online Citizen over an article that tackled the leader’s public feud with his siblings.

6 September 2019

Netizen Report: Two years after fleeing military attacks in Myanmar, Rohingya refugees face mobile blackout in Bangladesh

Refugees lose mobile access in Bangladesh, a Hong Kong web forum weathers a DDoS attack, and Turkey expands internet regulations.

‘I want a chance to prove my innocence': Formerly jailed Macedonian journalist denied retrial

The case against investigative journalist Tomislav Kezarovski is considered an example of judicial corruption during the country’s democratic backsliding between 2006 and 2017.

Serbian journalists expose anonymous doxing site's ties to pro-government media coterie

Istraga became notorious for its smear attacks against voices critical of the Vučić regime, including journalists and non-governmental organisations.

How Turkey's broadcast regulator is taking over the supervision of online content

Under a new regulation, local streaming services like Netflix are required to adjust their content to the regulator's rules and guidelines.

Hong Kong Reddit-like LIHKG faces unprecedented DDoS attacks redirected from Chinese Internet companies

Massive web traffics are redirected through two Chinese companies to pro-democracy web forum LIHKG from all over the world.

4 September 2019

A web comic from Colombia discusses surveillance and gender in Latin America—to the rhythm of salsa

''Beyond the joke that "every breath you take" seems like it could be written by the NSA, we realized that this is about a man that spies on a woman.''

3 September 2019

Bangladesh cuts access to mobile phone services for the Rohingya

The Bangladeshi government has ordered telecommunications companies to block cell phone access at Rohingya camps, on the pretext of protecting ‘national security.’

The plight of Kuwait's stateless community: Silenced and deprived of human rights

The security services spare no effort to target and silence the human rights movement of Kuwait's stateless community.

2 September 2019

Nigerian journalist charged with treason after criticizing governor for corruption

For exposing government corruption, Nigerian journalist Agba Jalingo has been charged with treason, terrorism, cultism and public disturbance.

29 August 2019

Netizen Report: Critic calls Indonesia’s provincial internet shutdown ‘racist’

Indonesia's regional internet shutdown continues, YouTube blocks 210 channels over suspected links to China and Tonga threatens to block Facebook.

Months after pledge to open internet, Ethiopia disrupts connectivity amidst communal violence, tension

Ethiopian authorities have resorted to shutting down entire networks in response to recent ethnic and political tensions. A lack of transparency makes it impossible to challenge.

Contrary to Serbian government's claims, fact-checking initiative shows that journalists are far from being ‘all safe’

According to Istinomer's research, threats against individual journalists or editorial teams have become rather frequent over the past few months.

28 August 2019

The case for reforming the Sudanese Access to Information Act

As Sudan launches a three-year transition to civilian rule, the country's freedom of information law should be amended to serve the public's right to know.

20 August 2019

Mozambique pushes for SIM card registration, raising privacy concerns

The measure would make it easier for the authorities to identify the owners of registered SIM cards.

Tonga threatens to ban Facebook over anti-monarchy posts

"By trying to impose a ban the government will simply make itself look foolish or ineffective."

19 August 2019

Mainland Chinese netizens face ‘pink terror’ of patriotic trolls amid Hong Kong protests

Those who do not toe the official party line are identified and subjected to doxxing.

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