Stories from May, 2014
A newly proposed law on the Information Society in Mauritania would limit free expression and prohibit the use of encryption. Activists are speaking out against the legislation.
Eleven members of the pro-democracy February 20 Movement were detained in April after joining a labor protest. Using #FreeSimpson and #FreeKoulchi hashtags, supporters are calling for their release.
Join Global Voices bloggers for an Africa-wide tweetathon in support of the nine bloggers and journalists arrested in late April and currently being detained in Ethiopia.
Digital Citizen brings you the latest human rights and technology news from the Arab World. This edition looks at Internet blackouts in Syria and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, new cyber laws in Mauritania and Morocco, and more.
"The threat embodied in Ethiopia’s bloggers, journalists and free thinkers is that they are introducing a radical new idea—the idea of a freer, more democratic country."
As one journalist put it, members of the leading online activist group were “found guilty of being bright, intelligent, brave and honest.”
Yesterday, a Saudi court sentenced Raif Badawi to 10 years in prison and 1000 lashes for setting up a liberal website.
“If you don’t have Internet order, how can you have Internet freedom?” This report looks at recent critiques of the open Internet debate from China, and a creative campaign for better Internet service in Bolivia.
Starting on August 1, 2014 all distributors of online content will be required to retain user data for a minimum of six months after its creation.
Join the campaign to free nine bloggers and journalists detained in Ethiopia: Write a letter, sign a statement, or organize an event in your city!
Global Voices joins a joint appeal to the AU and UN Special Rapporteurs to help secure the immediate release of the Zone9 bloggers and declare their arrest and detention a gross violation of their human rights.
Mexico's proposed telecom law would increase state control and loosen limitations on telecommunication companies' abilities to censor, surveil, and discriminate on their networks. Learn more about it and get involved!
"We are outraged by this flagrant violation of our friends’ rights to free expression and deeply concerned for their safety. We cannot remain silent."
While most countries in the region see newspapers closing down in favor of an Internet-only model, two Malaysian news sites are seeking to do the opposite, despite challenges from above.