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15 April 2016

Cambodian Human Rights Group Criticizes Telecoms Law

Some observers suspect that the law reflects the ruling party's desire to stifle online discussions as elections approach in 2017 and 2018.

#FreeShawkan: After 900 Days in Jail, Egyptian Photographer Finally Faces Trial

"I look around and I am left with the reality of four ugly windowless walls and a never ending dream of freedom."

12 April 2016

A Breakdown of the Current Version of Brazil's Cybercrimes Bill

Following criticism, the Commission made some changes to the most controversial elements of the legislation. But a battle still lies ahead.

11 April 2016

Under Brazil's Cybercrime Bill, Social Media Sites Could Become ‘Permanent Agents of Vigilance’

"If somebody insults a politicians on a social media platform, the platform will be obligated to remove the content in a maximum of 48 hours."

Iranian Blogger Struggles for Health and Freedom After 18 Days on Hunger Strike

Anti-censorship activist and blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki has been on hunger strike since March 26, and his health is deteriorating rapidly.

7 April 2016

Secular Activist Targeted and Killed in Bangladesh

The 28-year-old law student was murdered by three assailants in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on April 7, 2016. The young man was most likely targeted for his critiques of religious conservatism.

The Russian Art of Meta-Stalking

RuNet Echo

Russian photographer Egor Tsvetkov says his work exposes how “digital narcissism” often “provokes online stalking.” But is his latest project doing the same thing?

6 April 2016

In Kenya, Banned Music Video Celebrating Same-Sex Love Stays on YouTube

The Kenya Film Classification Board has banned the video arguing that "it does not adhere to the morals of the country."

Maldives Media Crackdown Triggers Forced Newspaper Closure, Journalist Arrests

Riot police used brute force and pepper spray and strip-searched both male and female journalists, who hailed from several local media organizations.

5 April 2016

Wanna Reach the Chinese Internet Market? Time to Register Your Domain in China.

New rules will require leading foreign companies including Microsoft and Apple to register their sites' domain names with local DNS providers in order to remain accessible in China.

Chinese Censors Erase #PanamaPapers Evidence From Web

The leaked files reveal offshore companies linked to China's top leader, who has vowed to fight "armies of corruption". But most mainland Chinese haven't even heard about them.

Zambian Deputy Minister Attacks Bank Employee Over Facebook Comment

The Deputy Minister’s visit reportedly was marked with obnoxious name calling, threats and shouts that shocked clients and security personnel at the bank.

4 April 2016

Posting Photos of Red Bowls on Facebook Is Now Deemed Seditious by the Thai Junta

"The Thai junta’s fears of a red plastic bowl show its intolerance of dissent has reached the point of absolute absurdity."

3 April 2016

Facebook Lands More People in Trouble in Kazakhstan

'Kazakhstan has drawn criticism ... for what media rights advocates have described as the excessively punitive libel damages sometimes levelled at journalists.'

30 March 2016

Netizen Report: Ethiopia’s Zone9 Bloggers Go Back to Court

Chinese dissidents’ families torn apart over party controversy, courts in Morocco and Ethiopia drag out trials against advocates, and Russian tech moguls launch a new center for monitoring "information attacks".

29 March 2016

Chinese Police Tear Families Apart Over Letter That Demanded President's Resignation

An open letter urging China President Xi Jinping to resign has triggered a rash of political persecution against the family members of Chinese dissidents living abroad. Germany-based writer and Deutsche...

‘There is No Shame in Fear': Confronting Surveillance in Post-Revolution Egypt

"...as so many unjust things become normalized in our daily lives, the act of spreading information and informing others – however difficult – becomes an ever-more vital part of activism."

25 March 2016

Russian Censors Target Public Wi-Fi Spots in Crusade Against Blocked Websites

RuNet Echo

Russian censors are now policing public Wi-Fi in places such as cafes, shopping malls or public libraries, to make sure ISPs are blocking access to websites that are officially banned.

#Justice4Morocco: Human Rights Defenders’ Trial Postponed Again

Among those charged is Hicham Khribchi aka Hisham Almiraat, a medical doctor and long-time member of the Global Voices community.

China Shuts Down Communist Party News Site, Arrests 20 Over Call for Xi Jinping's Resignation

Though the letter was only online for a few hours, it is viewed as a direct challenge to Xi Jinping's leadership from party insiders.

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