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24 September 2016

Sudanese Authorities Use ‘Pornography’ as Evidence in Criminal Trial of Human Rights Advocates

Sudanese authorities are using what they deem as "pornographic" and "immoral" evidence in a trial of ten civil society activists, six of whom are facing capital punishment charges.

22 September 2016

Netizen Report: Internet Shutdowns Are Ever-Present in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula

While telecommunications cuts continue in North Sinai, Russians contemplate a porn-free Internet and a Kuwaiti royal faces jail time for insulting the emir on Snapchat.

16 September 2016

That Time Russia Banned Online Porn (Again)

RuNet Echo

The two pornographic metropolises of the Internet, PornHub and YouPorn, were banned in Russia this week. ISPs are required to comply with the ban within 24 hours.

15 September 2016

Netizen Report: In Cuba, Text Messages With Controversial Content Are Disappearing

Journalist repression is on the rise in Cuba, Saudi bans LINE, and Russian authorities jail gamer for offending religious people, Pokemon-style.

10 September 2016

Kashmir: Where ‘Digital India’ Ends

Two months without internet is a long time. For Kashmiris, rather than a security measure, it feels more like collective punishment.

8 September 2016

Maldives Authorities Target Journalists After Al Jazeera Exposes $1.5 Billion Corruption Scandal

President Yameen and his associates embezzled millions of dollars, bribed judges and other high-level officials, and used influence to remove government workers who stood in their way.

Detention of News Site Director Raises Concerns for Venezuela's Freedom of Speech

Lawyer and journalist Braulio Jatar was arrested and accused of money laundering, but netizens and journalists believe his reporting on protests against president Nicolas Maduro was the real reason.

Netizen Report: With Gabon's Internet Shutdown, Activists Confront Challenges of Circumventing Censorship

Bhutan makes headlines in Facebook defamation case, Paraguay uses censorship to protect children from the Internet, and Iran enters talks with French telco Orange.

7 September 2016

Angered by Mobile App Censorship, Saudis Ask: ‘What's the Point of Having Internet?’

Saudi Arabia, which already blocks WhatsApp, Viber and Skype, has angered users by blocking the messaging and voice calling app LINE.

Hackers Exploit Android Flaw to Target Iranian Activists

Suspected state-sponsored hackers have intensified their attempts to break into the online accounts of Iranian rights activists in recent weeks by exploiting security vulnerabilities in Android smartphones.

6 September 2016

Cuban Journalist and LGBT Activist Sacked for Working With Non-State Media

"It doesn’t matter where you publish, even if it’s just on your blog. We will always be reading what you write."

5 September 2016

Indians Ask: Is Visiting a Torrent Site Really A Crime?

"Thousands of cases pending, criminals roaming scott free. That's fine. Lets arrest people who download #torrents"

Bahraini Court Refuses to Release Rights Activist Nabeel Rajab, Delays Verdict

Rajab faces up to 15 years in jail for tweeting about the Saudi-led war in Yemen and denouncing incidents of torture in a Bahraini prison.

2 September 2016

Campaign: Anonymity Defends Us — So Let's Defend Anonymity

Anonymity helps protect freedom of expression, the right to assemble, the right to social protest, and the right to seek information and help. So let's defend anonymity!

After Two Months on Hunger Strike, Jailed Algerian Journalist Enters Coma

Mohamad Tamalt went on hunger strike on 27 June to protest his arrest and imprisonment. He is in jail for insulting the Algerian President online.

Iran Declares ‘Unveiling’ of Its National Intranet

Iran declared a grand "unveiling" of its national internet. But what's really new here? We analyze the project and the government performance around its so-called "unveiling".

30 August 2016

Journalist Jean Bigirimana Is Still Missing as Burundi's Political Crisis Continues

The government's denial of Jean's detention has left his friends and colleagues fearful that authorities may be concealing information on his whereabouts or death.

29 August 2016

Death Penalty Still Looms for Mauritanian Blogger Who Spoke Out Against Caste-Based Discrimination

"This sentence signifies a step backwards in terms of tolerance and shows just how much issues of cast, religion, slavery and therefore democracy are taboos in Mauritania."

27 August 2016

Lawsuit Over Facebook Post Raises Fears of Online Censorship in Bhutan

The suit against Zam revolves a family that is fighting a property dispute against well-connected business man Ap Sonam Phuntsho, who is also father-in-law to the Chief Justice of Bhutan.

25 August 2016

Netizen Report: Bangladesh and Ethiopia Flip the Switch on Internet as Political Tensions Rise

Web blocking continues to plague Bangladesh and Ethiopia, Peru drops US $22 million on spyware, and sharing just might become a crime in Colombia.

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