January, 2014

Stories from January, 2014

Zambian Police Go After ‘Watchdog’ for Publishing Draft Constitution

Indy news site the Zambian Watchdog published a leaked draft of the nation's constitution -- police now say they will use "international legal provisions" to prosecute those behind the Watchdog.

Russia’s Parliament Prepares New “Anti-Terrorist” Laws for Internet

Another Internet crackdown looms in Russia, where the Duma is reviewing three new pieces of “anti-terror” legislation that could place hefty restrictions on the activities of websites and civil society.

Next Week in Amman: 4th Arab Bloggers Meeting #AB14

Next week, bloggers, techies, activists and entrepreneurs from throughout the Middle East and North Africa will come together in Amman, Jordan for the 4th Arab Bloggers Meeting!

Netizen Report: Turkey to Tighten Grip on Digital Speech

Is freedom of the press "limited to those who own one”? We hope not! This week, we look at India's increasingly politicized media environment, Turkey's new online censorship bill, and...

Monitoring the Russian Internet for Big Bucks

The Russian Federal Protective Service is asking software developers to design a system that automatically monitors the country’s news and social media, producing reports that study netizens’ political attitudes.

‘Red Pencil Protest’ Demands Media Freedom in Malaysia

A weekly magazine was suspended in Malaysia after it ran a story on the Prime Minister's spending habits. In response, journalists took to the streets to denounc media censorship.

Hong Kong 2013: A Burgeoning New Media Sector and a Backward Government

Despite legal and technological barriers, new online media projects pushing making big waves in the push for transparency, accountability, and fundamental freedoms in Hong Kong.

“No”, the Brilliant and Optimistic Campaign that Boosted a Revolution

What can we learn from political campaigns of the past? A look back at the movement that brought an end to Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship in Chile.

Award-Winning Egyptian Activists Receive One-Year Suspended Sentence

A report from this week's trial of Alaa Abd El Fattah, Mona Seif, and other activists accused of arson in what appears to be a politically motivated case.

Prison Flees: Reflections on Alaa, Activism, and Community

"Alaa reminded us how our encounter with technology became a way of living." Reflections from Lina Attalah on friend and activist Alaa Abd El Fattah, currently in prison in Egypt.

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