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Stories about Law

10 October 2015

Political Cartoons Defy Censorship to Expose Thai-Style ‘Democracy’

A political cartoonist who criticized Thailand's military-backed government has become the latest journalist to be summoned by the army for "attitude-adjustment."

8 October 2015

Netizen Report: Is Egypt Blocking Voice Calls on WhatsApp and Skype?

Global Voices Advocacy

Lebanon arrests two over Facebook posts, Venezuela blocks Bitcoin sites in crusade against foreign currency, and the EU takes 'Safe Harbor' away from US tech companies.

Arrest and Prison Time for Journalists and Bloggers over Facebook Posts in Lebanon

Global Voices Advocacy

Two Lebanese Facebook users found themselves sentenced to prison for posts they wrote on the social networking site.

4 October 2015

A Letter to the Rulers of Russia, From Oleg Kashin

RuNet Echo

On October 3, Oleg Kashin published an open letter addressed to Putin and Medvedev, where he discusses his case and the significance its abandonment has for Russia as a nation.

2 October 2015

Man's Beating Death Casts Harsh Light on India's Beef Politics

"Some get rich by exporting #beef, some die for consuming it? What warped & perverse nationalism is this ban fanning?"

1 October 2015

Facing Sweeping Surveillance Bill, French Public Falls Between Alarm and Indifference

Global Voices Advocacy

Civil liberties defenders say a pending bill could catapult France into a new position of power in the field of international Internet surveillance.

Netizen Report: Will Brazil Give Up On Defending Digital Rights?

Global Voices Advocacy

Brazilian legislators seek to undercut the Marco Civil while Ecuador’s president wields tools of censorship to avoid hurt feelings.

25 September 2015

Social Media Cries Copywrong After American Rapper Lifts Trinidadian Photographer's Work

"All people are saying is that this is someone's intellectual property. When it was pointed out to you, all you had to do was apologise..."

18 September 2015

Skepticism Follows Arrest of Four Philanthropists Who Care for Bangladeshi Street Children

Four people involved with the Adamya Bangladesh Foundation, which works to improve the lives of street children, face human trafficking charges. Supporters aren't convinced of the police case against them.

The Lebanese Government vs Protesters: Oppression, Arrests and Thugs

Forty-three people were arrested in Lebanon on Wednesday for protesting against the second round of talks between political powers to end the presidential stalemate.

16 September 2015

Russian Court Fines Google for ‘Reading Private Correspondence’ on Gmail

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

A Yekaterinburg academic has convinced Moscow city court to fine Google 50 thousand rubles ($765) for violating his "secrecy of correspondence" on Gmail with its targeted ads.

13 September 2015

The Promise of Justice Is Receding, Nicaraguan Women Say

Nicaragua passed Law 779 three years ago to protect domestic violence victims. But women say the law since has been watered down, and courts lack the resources to investigate complaints.

#NoVatOnEducation Student Movement Is on the Rise in Bangladesh

“Constitution requires free universal education, but government proposes tax on education.” A new value-added tax on private university tuition meets with disapproval and mass protests in Bangladesh.

China's State-Run Central Television Slammed for Plagiarizing a Photographer's Work

When a freelance photographer accused China's Central Television of plagiarizing his time-lapse photos of Tibet, the state-run station chose to ignore his copyright claims and instead intimidated him with threats.

11 September 2015

Russia Bans Footage of Opposition Leader's Fiery Courtroom Speech

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Russian censors have banned a series of political videos on YouTube featuring calls to anti-Putin activism. Notably, officials have banned clips from opposition leader Alexey Navalny’s courtroom closing statement.

10 September 2015

Outgoing Trinidad & Tobago Government Says Election Results Illegitimate. Voters #ROTFL.

Trinidad and Tobago has a history of fair elections, free from interference or violence. No wonder voters were amused by the outgoing government claiming the results are null and void.

Apple Caves To Data Localization Demands, Rents Out Space in Russian Data Center

RuNet Echo

Apple has decided to comply with the Russian data localization law and is renting out storage space at a data center on Russian soil, according to local media.

9 September 2015

Kenyan Public Intellectual Accused of Using Hate Speech on Twitter

Global Voices Advocacy

Kenyan political analyst Mutahi Ngunyi apologises to the Luo ethnic group and Law Society of Kenya head by offering a goat and a beer after attacking them on Twitter.

8 September 2015

Digital Campaigning on Election Day Irritates Trinidad & Tobago Voters

Trinidad and Tobago's ruling party may have exploited a loophole in the Representation of the People Act to continue campaigning via digital media on election day.

7 September 2015

Mother of Palestinian Toddler Burnt to Death in West Bank Settler Attack Declared Dead

Riham Dawabsheh died from wounds inflicted in an arson attack on her house by Israeli settlers on July 31. Her 18-month-old son Ali died in the attack, sparking outrage in...

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