April, 2008

Stories from April, 2008

26 April 2008

Saudi Arabia: Blogger Fouad Alfarhan Released

Prominent Saudi blogger Fouad Alfarhan was freed today. He is back home in Jeddah after 137 days in custody. Alfarhan was arrested on 10 December 2007 for unspecified “violation of...

24 April 2008

Egyptian activists released

Two Egyptian activists, Esraa Abdel Fattah Ahmed, who launched the “6 April” Facebook group and blogger Mohamed Sharkawy, have been released. Both Esraa and Sharkawy were arrested on 5 April...

16 April 2008

UAE: Du prepares to block offensive websites

DU, the United Arab Emirates’ second Internet Service Provider serving Dubai free zones such as Dubai Media City, Dubai Internet City, Knowledge Village, Marina and other residential complexes, has started...

13 April 2008

Zeng Jinyan speaks out on Hu Jia's sentencing

On the day after her husband's sentence to 3.5 years in prison for his blogging activities, house arrested blogger Zeng Jinyan wrote a letter explaining her side to their story....

7 April 2008

Japan: Major Parties Cooperate to Legislate Regulation of “Harmful” Internet Content

Japanese bloggers have been making noise the past few days [ja] in reaction to two separate bills, submitted first by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP) and next...

5 April 2008

Indonesia blocks YouTube over “Fitna” the movie

Update (Fri Apr 11, 2008): Indonesia has lifted the ban on Youtube.com. Internet service providers “would only block access to pages carrying the film by Geert Wilders” The vice chairman...

3 April 2008

Saudi Arabia: Fouad Alfarhan's blog and Freefouad blocked

The blog of the detained Saudi blogger Fouad Alfarhan has been blocked today in Saudi Arabia, along with Freefouad website dedicated to Alfarhan's case and the pro-reformist blog Freedoms. Users...

Hu Jia sentenced to 3.5 years

After spending over four months in detention, Beijing-based blogger Hu Jia was sentenced today to 3.5 years in prison for “state subversion,” which, according to his lawyer Li Fangping, is...

China: Hu Jia to be sentenced today

Hu Jia goes back on ‘trial’ in a few hours where it is expected he will be handed down a sentence of up to five years in prison based on...

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