May, 2014

Stories from May, 2014

21 May 2014

Moroccan Blogger and Rapper El-Haqed Arrested Again

Friends say police recognized the rapper and explicitly targeted him at a football match. Mouad Belrhouat, aka El-Haqed, has been jailed twice since 2011 for his political music and activism.

Netizen Report: Indonesia Tries to Ban Vimeo For Sexual Content

This week's Netizen Report looks at looming social media censorship measures in Spain and Russia, and a possible "loosening" of online restrictions in Iran.

On May 22, Say Happy Birthday To Bassel

On May 22, Bassel Safadi will celebrate his 33rd birthday -- his third in a prison cell in Damascus. We do not want him to spend his birthday alone. We...

19 May 2014

GV Face: Freeing Ethiopia's Zone 9 Bloggers

Nine bloggers and journalists are currently being detained in Ethiopia because of their work. GV author Endalk Chala, a close friend of the detainees, speaks about the case.

16 May 2014

Countdown to the End of Twitter in Russia

The deputy director of Russia’s chief censorship agency, Roscomnadzor, has threatened to order a block on Twitter or Facebook entirely, in a matter of minutes.

14 May 2014

Netizen Report: Google Loses in EU, Wins in Pakistan

This week's Netizen Report looks at threats to free expression in Venezuela, Azerbaijan, and Malaysia.

Ethiopia: Police Request More Time for Zone 9 Bloggers Investigation

Friends of Global Voices report on an emotional scene outside an Addis Ababa courtroom where Zone 9 bloggers appeared for a brief, closed hearing last week.

Tunisian Activist Azyz Amami Arrested on Drug Charges

Amami has been blogging on social and political issues in Tunisia since 2008. He has demanded an end to state surveillance and censorship in concert with Tunisia’s most influential cyberactivists.

13 May 2014

Pakistan High Court Demands Unblocking of YouTube

In what appears to be a major victory for Internet openness in Pakistan, Lahore's High Court ruled to unblock YouTube, responding to a legal challenge filed by open Internet advocates.

Security Forces Detain Leader of “SOS Venezuela” Campaign

Rodrigo Diamanti is the president and founder of “Un Mundo Sin Mordaza” (A World Without the Gag), the NGO behind the campaign “SOS Venezuela” and “Your voice is your power.”

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