February, 2012

Stories from February, 2012

25 February 2012

Iran: Another blogger was arrested

Nama Jafari,blogger and journalist was arrested. He was editor of a cultural site. He also wrote a book called “a gathering in solitary confinement”.

15 February 2012

Morocco: Student Jailed For Insulting King In Video

A 24 year-old Moroccan student, Abdelsamad Haydour, was sentenced to 3 years in jail for criticizing the king of Morocco in a video posted on YouTube. The news of the...

Global Voices Partners with Electronic Frontier Foundation on “Bloggers Under Fire”

In 2009, Global Voices launched Threatened Voices, an innovative project to track threats to bloggers and netizens worldwide.  At the time, Threatened Voices filled a void in coverage, during a...

14 February 2012

Iran: Journalists Threatened by Email “You Will be Punished”

Several Iranian activists and journalists have received an email threatening that they will be punished according to the “Islamic Punishment” law of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

13 February 2012

China: Activist's Wife and Son Harassed Online

An anonymous Twitter user has disclosed Wen Yunchao, his wife and son's personal information online. Wen is an outspoken blogger and free speech activist on the Chinese Internet and has...

9 February 2012

China: Chinese Communist Party Plans To Lead Microblogging Platform

In China, all conventional media outlets are under the direct leadership of Chinese Communist Party (CCP). A CCP secretary is planted in every media organization to oversee the content and...

8 February 2012

Morocco: Busted for Posting Caricatures of the King on Facebook

On February 7, 2012, Walid Bahomane appeared before a court in the Moroccan capital Rabat. The 18-year-old is accused of “defaming Morocco's sacred values” by posting pictures and videos on...

Netizen Report: Which Way Ahead?

In the past few weeks, we have witnessed how Internet companies - the sovereigns of cyberspace - struggle with the conflict between market demands for global expansion and the demands...

China: Censoring Opinions on China's veto on UN resolution on Syria

Even though the People's Daily propagated [zh] that “China’s veto was in accordance with the Syrian people’s basic interests”, Chinese concern citizens have not been misled by the official media...

7 February 2012

Iran: Innovations in Cyber Dictatorship

In the latest examples creative repression over the internet, the Islamic regime has used Skype as a long-distance interrogation tool, and wrested control over a Facebook group for photos of...