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22 June 2016

As Election Day Approaches, Zambia's Largest Independent Newspaper Shut Down by Tax Authority

"The government itself owes contractors, food suppliers, stationery suppliers, pensioners, utility companies, and civil servants and nobody, NOBODY, has shut them down...."

21 June 2016

National Bank of Kenya Takes Blogger to Court for “Defamatory” Blog Posts

The bank took Cyprian Nyakundi to court following a series of critical stories. Nyakundi calls himself a "Kenyan-based blogger who has an interest in politics, governance, corporate-fraud and human-interest stories."

Journalist Couple Attacked in Makassar, Indonesia

In Indonesia, violence against journalist happens regularly. Incidents like these often go unreported in the media, and perpetrators often go without punishment.

19 June 2016

Tanzanian Musician and Activist Maembe Vitali Arrested and Released

"You are not a soldier, you are not a rebel, they should understand that you are just a fighter... Yes, a fighter of a noble cause."

17 June 2016

Hong Kong Bookseller Says He Was Forced to Confess on TV During Eight-Month Detention in China

"This is not just my personal matter or Causeway Bay Books, this is about the human rights of Hong Kong people."

16 June 2016

World Refugee Day: Fear of Arrest Drives Journalists Into Exile

"I was paralyzed by the idea of exile. This is the first time I had decided to flee the country without knowing exactly when I would return."

In Defense of Free Software: My Case Against Lenovo in Mexico

Lenovo fails to inform its clients of the Secure Boot feature on the Lenovo Yoga 2, which restricts the right to install operating systems besides those authorized by Microsoft.

14 June 2016

Singapore Plans to Pull the Plug on Internet Access for Public Servants

"Computer security is important in the modern workplace, but it should not be an excuse to revert to dumb or blind practice."

10 June 2016

Tanzanian Man Could Face Three Years’ Jailtime for “Insulting” the President on Facebook

The case falls against a backdrop of Tanzania's Cybercrime Law, passed in 2015, which critics say gives too much power -- without meaningful oversight -- to police.

Hungarian Think Tank Finds Suspicious Device in Office, Raising Fears of State Surveillance

Ekint had searched their office after the head of the prime minister's office claimed Hungarian-American businessman George Soros is manipulating the country's politics through organizations funded by him.

9 June 2016

Popular Sports Website Goes Offline in Uzbekistan in Wake of Fan Controversy

"Football and show business were the only areas where criticism was allowed and tolerated. And now even here they are choking the voice of the public."

No Country for Gags? Politicians Go After Indian Comedian Over Snapchat Video

Indian right-wing political parties armed with police complaints have threatened comedian Tanmay Bhat for posting a parody video on two prominent Indian celebrities.

8 June 2016

In Venezuela, Electrical Shortages Limit Basic Communication — and Free Expression

The internet access speed in Venezuela has been called "the slowest line in Latin America."

4 June 2016

War Has Been Declared Online Against ‘Fujitrolls’ in the Middle of Peru's Presidential Elections

In the middle of the presidential runoff campaign in Peru, cyber armies from both sides face off in a merciless battle online... and it appears Fujitrolls are in the lead.

2 June 2016

Singapore Police Seize Computers, Demand Passwords From Advocates Over Facebook Posts

"I insisted I wanted to know my rights and whether it was legal for them to do what they were doing. They would not let me speak to [my lawyer]."

Azerbaijan: Khadija Free, But Other Political Prisoners Await Their Turn

"Our political system is a model of the European political system," claimed the Twitter feed of Azerbaijan's strongman President Ilham Aliyev.

Is Social Media Helping to Perpetuate Violence in Afghanistan?

"Those who share the bloody pictures of victims not only irritate [victims'] families but also unintentionally assist the Taliban in their propaganda."

29 May 2016

Ghanaians Oppose Shutdown of Social Media Platforms During Elections

"This kind of thinking is unacceptable."

27 May 2016

Netizen Report: Chilean Copyright Bill Could Eliminate Public Domain for Video, Music

Journalist Khadija Ismayilova wins court challenge in Azerbaijan, Vietnam censors Facebook and Instagram in the face of protests and the Nigerian Senate throws out ‘anti-social media bill’

26 May 2016

China’s Independent Journalists Face High Risks — And Are in High Demand

Outside the umbrella of the media institution, independent journalists face many risks, but their work is becoming increasingly influential in China's media ecology.

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