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· June, 2016

Stories about Law from June, 2016

The Men Behind Moscow's Hidden Bathroom Cameras and the Woman Who's Fighting Back

RuNet Echo translates a new investigative report by the Russian independent news channel TV Rain about a network of hidden cameras operating in women's restrooms throughout Moscow.

Tanzanian Prosecuted for ‘Insulting’ the President on WhatsApp

Mulokozi is the latest victim of Tanzania's relatively new Cybercrime Law, which attempts to address issues such as child pornography, cyberbullying, online impersonation, and the publication of false information.

Netizen Report: Russian Authorities Step Up Information Controls in the Name of National Security

A Global Voices author is assaulted in Indonesia, Tanzania continues to prosecute social media users under the Cybercrime Act, and Singapore pulls plug on Internet access for public employees.

In the Battle for More Transparency in Mexico, Politicians Win This Round

"The #3of3Law has gone to shit, once again congressmen protect their own interests rather than the interests of the people. They’re a bunch of thieves and backstabbers!"

Russian Activists and Industry Speak Out Against New Draconian ‘Anti-Terrorist’ Laws

The new comprehensive amendments threaten Russian Internet users' privacy and anonymity by cracking down on encryption and beefing up surveillance measures.

Chinese Village Leader Who Planned to Protest Land Seizures Suddenly Confesses to Corruption. Suspicious?

"'Anti-corruption' is such a useful word. It can be used to attack your political opponent and to incriminate the people's hero."

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...."

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."

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."

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."

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.

Jamaica's Attorney General Condemns the Orlando Massacre, But Thinks the Rainbow Flag Goes Too Far

Her tweet saying it was "disrespectful of Jamaica's laws" for the US Embassy to fly the rainbow flag sparked a discussion on Twitter of LGBT rights in Jamaica.

What Can China Do to Stop the ‘Epidemic’ of Suicides Among Government Officials?

Some say tougher anti-graft measures are necessary. Others think judicial independence could make a difference.

What Sparked the Yan Zhou Unrest? China's Information Deficit in the Spotlight

"The kidnapper becomes the good fellow who tried to stop a fight [...] Who are the blind ones? People from Yan Zhou or state-owned media?"

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.

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