December, 2013

Stories from December, 2013

Non-Violent Activist Razan Zaitouneh Kidnapped in Syria

Four activists, among them internationally acclaimed non-violent activist Razan Zaitouneh, were kidnapped by unidentified masked gunmen, sparking a call for their immediate release.

Netizen Report: Singaporean Gay Rights Blogger Faces Court Challenge

This week, we look at dwindling speech protections in Singapore, hackerdom in Moscow, and the very expensive (but secure) Merkelphone.

Nigeria: Gagging Critics or Fighting Cyber Crime?

Nigerian lawmakers are considering multiple bills of law that aim to target online fraud and financial crime, but could undercut key civil liberties along the way.

Digital Citizen 1.3 المواطن الرقمي

Digital Citizen brings you the latest human rights and technology news from the Arab World. This month we look at media worker abuses in Syria and the ill effects of...

Spain: Public Safety Bill or Threat to Civil Rights?

A new "anti-protest" bill in Spain could prohibit calling for protests via the Internet, circulating riot images during demonstrations, and "violence against street furniture."

Controversy Smolders Over Japan's State Secrecy Bill

An unusually diverse range of groups are making urgent last-minute appeals against Japan's State Secrecy Protection Bill. Meanwhile, a ruling party leader compared protesters to "terrorists".

Video: Who Controls the Internet?

What is Internet governance? A new video from Fundacion Karisma offers a short, illustrated tutorial on one of the murkiest topics plaguing digital rights activists today.

Netizen Report: Vietnam Targets “Reactionary Ideology” on Social Networks

In this week's report: Vietnam introduces new fines for political speech on social networks, Pakistan ups its censorship game, and Facebook discovers Kosovo is a country.

UN Experts Condemn Detention of Vietnamese Blogger Le Quoc Quan

Le Quoc Quan was arrested in December 2012 on trumped-up charges of tax evasion -- but experts suspect that the "real purpose" of his detention and prosecution was to silence...

Syrian Activists: Crimes Against Media Workers Must Stop

Media organizations in Syria speak out against the increasing harassment of journalists by jihadist groups in the country.

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