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Israel Advances New ‘Facebook Bill’, Threatening Free Speech

Between October 2015 and January 2016 alone, Israel arrested 150 Palestinians on the grounds of "incitement through social media."

Digital Activists Are Disappearing in Pakistan

At least six bloggers and digital activists have disappeared thus far in 2017. Despite being a serious human rights issue, the number of people missing in Pakistan is unknown.

Kenyans Fear a Possible Internet Shutdown During 2017 Presidential Election

Kenya would be not the first country in Africa to shut down its Internet during elections -- Uganda and The Gambia have already gone this far.

For Telegram Users, Iran's Registration Requirement Boosts State Snooping Powers

Telegram is Iran’s most popular messaging application and host to some 170,000 Iranian-owned channels. The new policy will require owners of popular channels to register with the government.

‘Most Efficient Trial in History’ Fines Serbian Magazine for Defamation of Interior Minister

"How can a journalist be 'unauthorised' to do their job: gathering information and suggesting conclusions based on the gathered evidence?"

Users Boycott Lebanon’s Mobile Phone Operators, Alfa and touch

In addition to the exorbitant mobile rates highlighted by this campaign, cell phone operators in Lebanon also engage in unethical practices.

Will 2017 Be a Better Year for Turkey's Media?

Turkey's government continues to conflate journalism it doesn't like with terrorism and other crimes against the state.

After 71 Days on Hunger Strike, Arash Sadeghi Sees Iranian Authorities Release His Wife on Bail

Iraee was charged after Iran's Revolutionary Guards raided her home, looking for evidence against her civil rights activist husband, Arash Sadeghi.

Veteran Journalists in Hong Kong Launch Non-Profit News Site in Defense of Press Freedom

"In a time of chaos, we must distinguish right from wrong; when society is restless, we must stick to reason and fairness."

The Best and Worst of Russia's New Year's Laws

Every year, the Russian State Duma schedules laws to come into effect on January 1st. RuNet Echo marks the highlights and lowlights of the 2017 New Year's laws.

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