August, 2013

Stories from August, 2013

South Korea: Naver Provokes Push for Portal Regulation

Conservative party politicians and major news organizations are pushing for new regulatory measures aimed at Naver, South Korea's leading search and online content provider. In addition to dominating online advertising...

Transparency Reform in Mexico: A Step Backward in the Name of Security?

The Attorney General, the President of the National Bank, and other high-ranking authorities may soon be able to overrule actions of the Federal Institute for Access to Information, the semi-autonomous...

Russia's Political Firebrand: What Makes Navalny Tick?

Russia's best-known political blogger earned his fame fighting corruption in the private sector, but may now face five years' jail time on (possibly trumped-up) embezzlement charges. In the meantime, he's...

In Thailand, Facebook ‘Likes’ Can Land You in Jail

On major chat and social network platforms, law enforcement officials are now monitoring users of keywords including "coup", "monarchy", "drugs", "prostitution", and other terms deemed relevant to national security.

Advocates Condemn New Filtering System in Pakistan

IT Minister Anusha Rehman says the new system will allow the government to lift its nearly year-old ban on YouTube, leaving only “objectionable” videos blocked on the site. Meanwhile, many...

Controversial Human Rights Lawyer Arrested in Bangladesh

Adilur Khan was arrested without a warrant, allegedly for helping his employer, prominent human rights group Odhikar, to publish a report on police abuse. The report has raised substantial public...

Thailand Wants to Monitor Conversations on LINE App

Government officials would monitor the messaging application to track online threats to national security. LINE has 15 million subscribers in Thailand.

From North to South, the Government is Watching You

While many eyes remain fixed on the surveillance activities of the United States, citizens in Colombia, Mexico, Panama and many other Latin American countries are also at risk of abuses...

Why was Facebook Blocked in Cambodia?

On August 7, Facebook was inaccessible in Cambodia for several hours. Government officials and ISPs claimed that the blockage resulted from technical complications, but media freedom groups remained suspicious of...

Taiwanese Government Alters Search Engine Ads to Favor Nuclear Energy Policy

Activists in Taiwan are fighting to halt the operation of nuclear power plant that could be highly hazardous for the island state. Early this week, a Yahoo! search on anti-nuclear...

Fifty Bloggers Demand the Release of Bahrain's Mohammed Hassan

On 31 July, blogger Mohammed Hassan was arrested from his parents' house in the Bahraini town of Sitra without an arrest warrant. Hassan is accused of “promoting a forced change...

Government Critic Arrested on Drug Charges in Mexico

Supporters suspect that Gustavo Maldonado was arrested in retaliation for his online activities. Just hours before his arrest on a small-scale drug charge, Maldonado posted a YouTube video accusing local...

A Starving Blogger's Vietnam Crusade

Vietnamese dissident blogger Dieu Cay, who is currently in prison, went on a 35-day hunger strike this summer in protest of prison conditions. Though repression continues, observers say that for...

Minister Ridiculed Over Website Closure Statement

Independent citizen media site the Zambian Watchdog switched to an Australian hosting company earlier this year in an effort to thwart attacks on the site. Readers ridiculed Zambia's Deputy Labor...

The Religious Right Rises! Advocates Face High Stakes in Pakistan

State institutions create new lists of URLs each day and block them routinely. Advocates who challenge state censorship and surveillance practice face increasingly grave threats from both the government and...

Netizen Report: Vietnam Escalates Online Censorship

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. This week we begin in Vietnam, where drastic new...

Chinese Authorities Crackdown on “Illegal” Independent Websites

Sites have been shut down for failing to obtain licenses, allegedly blackmailing government and corporate officials, and using terms such as "China" and "people" in their names.

Six Years in a Russian Prison for Sharing Porn?

A Russian blogger got in trouble with local authorities after reposting pictures from a nightclub's social networking page featuring half-naked patrons engaged in striptease contests and public sex acts.

Peru: Child Online Protection Bill Could Threaten Free Expression

In an effort to restrict children's ability to access pornography online, the country would adopt a complex content filtering system that could sweep in plenty of legal, age-appropriate content.

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