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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.

Wife of Persecuted Labour Activist Goes to Trial Over Facebook Post

The wife of a labor activist has been charged with posting “insulting” content on Facebook even though she is not a member of the social media site.

24 August 2016

Independent TV Station and Two Community Radio Stations Suspended Amid Disputed Elections in Zambia

"Zambia is slowly becoming a court room. We all must be careful when we speak out on issues of national interest."

22 August 2016

In India, a Nationalistic ‘Witch Hunt’ Targets Journalists Who Exposed #BabyLift Trafficking Operation

According to its constitution, India is a secular republic with freedom of expression, but it also prohibits anything that hurts religious or ethnic sensitivities.

9 August 2016

Technical Difficulties and Allegations of Corruption Leave Mexicans Concerned About New Transparency Agency

A malfunctioning platform a poorly received anti-sexting campaign and serious allegations of corruption tarnish the reputation of the office of transparency and privacy in Mexico.

Dear Hong Kong Activists, Please Stop Telling Everyone Telegram is Secure

While we marched across Hong Kong Island, organizers shouted, “download Telegram, it's more secure than WhatsApp!” But Telegram is not more secure than Whatsapp -- in many circumstances, it's worse.

5 August 2016

Justice as Usual, or Attack on Free Speech? Debunking Singapore’s Contempt-of-Court Bill

"Leaving people confused over what can or can’t be said will have a chilling effect, whatever the intention of the law, further entrenching a culture of self-censorship and passive citizenship."

Japanese Police Are Spying on Muslims, Despite The Constitution

The Supreme Court's dismissal of a case questioning the legality of putting Muslims under surveillance based on their religion alone brought a long series of court battles to an end.

4 August 2016

Bangladesh Shuts Down the Internet, Then Orders Blocking of 35 News Websites

“As part of the ongoing exercise, all sorts of Internet connections will be suspended for a short period anytime at any place in the country.”

Netizen Report: In China and the Middle East, Pokémon GO is Not All Fun and Games

While Pokemon continues to make waves across the globe, the UAE passes a perplexing new VPN law, Brazil's battle with WhatsApp continues and Mexican indigenous groups launch their own telco.

Anonymous Eritrea: Communicating in a Paranoid State

The Bridge

Many believe that the state can monitor any Eritrean, in any corner of the world. The regime has successfully portrayed itself as omnipresent—this is fundamental to its survival.

3 August 2016

Bad Laws Are Contagious: Demystifying the UAE’s New Information Tech Law

Preceded by a wave of VOIP blocking in various Arab countries, the new law comes as no surprise for those familiar with digital policy in the region.

Macedonian Activists Suspect Ruling Party Used Emails to Impersonate Environmental Activists

Local media told OhridSOS, a citizen-led environmental protection initiative, that they received emails from someone claiming to represent the group. The emails expressed strong support for ruling party leaders.

31 July 2016

South Sudanese Journalists Face Increasing Threats as Political Violence Peaks

Journalists have long struggled to survive in Sudan and South Sudan, but the impact of the conflict that erupted in 2013 has made working in media even more dangerous.

27 July 2016

Playing Pokémon Go in China Is Not Easy, but Many Are Still Risking It

Here are six things to keep in mind while playing Pokémon Go in China from our Northeast Asia editor Oiwan Lam.

21 July 2016

Netizen Report: What do Zimbabwe, Kashmir, and Turkey Have in Common? Internet Censorship.

In this edition, we report on #ShutdownZim protests that sparked Zimbabwe to block WhatsApp, the full-on Internet shutdown in Kashmir and ongoing social media censorship in Brazil, Ethiopia and Turkey.

Turkey Adds Wikileaks to a Long List of Blocked Websites

Blocking information is second nature to Turkey's government. But Turkish netizens are still questioning the value of the leak itself.

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