August, 2009

Stories from August, 2009

Egypt: the Influence of Facebook Events and Groups

Within the dynamic and expansive electronic media landscape in Egypt, Facebook became widely used by Egyptian citizens for different reasons and in several occasions, especially when it comes to shape...

Brazil: Lawsuits force popular political blog to close down

The A Nova Corja blog [The New Scum, pt], a symbol of independent and investigative journalism on the Brazilian blogosphere, has published a farewell post [pt]. On August 6th, the...

China: A youth beaten to death because of Internet addiction

Last month, the Chinese Ministry of Health announced that electroshock treatment for “internet addiction” should be suspended. However, it doesn't mean that clinic for treating “Internet addiction” has given up...

Egyptian Government utilizes Electronic Media

Despite its attacks on online activists, especially on bloggers, in an attempt to combat utilizing electronic media for human rights and politics, the Egyptian government has begun using the same...

Malaysia: Racism Rears Its Ugly Head – Or Is It Just Politics?

The state government of Perak in Malaysia mulls if it should “take action” against two bloggers who purportedly insulted the Perak royalty and the sanctity of Islam through their writings...

Egypt: Security Officers continuous confiscating Digital Devices

The Security Officers escalates their attacks on online activists, specifically bloggers. Today 08 August 2009, the Egyptian Blogger Wael Abbas was stopped while his coming back from Beirut, and confiscated...

Malaysia: A Step Closer To Internet Censorship?

The Malaysian government is looking into the feasibility of installing an Internet filter to block “undesirable websites”, along the lines of the People's Republic of China's abandoned “Green Dam” software....

The Egyptian Government and the detention of Internet activists

Many reasons and factors helped the emergence of electronic media in Egypt. For example, suppressing different media outlets, such as newspapers, TV channels and radio-stations, difficult procedures for founding new...

United States: Online free speech debate

Should a school be able to curb a student's speech online because the content is available on campus? A case in the 3rd U.S Circuit Court of Appeals sets a...

Pakistan: Funny SMS's may land Pakistanis in for a fourteen year prison sentence

Pakistans' Minister of Interior Rehman Malik recently announced a 14 year prison sentence for anyone found propagating SMS and emails ridiculing or making fun of the present Pakistani leadership and...

Iran: Leading reformist Abtahi on trial

Mohmmad Ali Abtahi, a leading blogger and former reformist vice president, was among dozens to protest the 12th June presidential election's result. A trial of the protestors is now underway...

Moroccan blogger Hassan Barhon released

Moroccan blogger Hassan Barhon has been released on August 1st, 2009. He got a full royal pardon after spending 5 months in jail. Hassan Barhon was arrested on February 25th...

Iran: A leading blogger's trial begins

Mohammad Ali Abtahi, a leading blogger and reformist politican, was arrested several weeks ago after the protest against the 12th of June presidential election erupted. Abtahi, is one of leading...

Egypt: 2 Bloggers Released and Another Still Disappeared (podcast)

Two out of the three bloggers who were arrested on July 22, 2009 are now free. Abdel Rahman Ayyash and Magdy Saad were released after six days of arrest at...

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