December, 2015

Stories from December, 2015

22 December 2015

Roscomnadzor Head Claims Google and Apple Are ‘Relocating Servers’ to Russia

Aleksandr Zharov, head of the Russian media watchdog, told journalists Google and Apple were "working on localizing their databases on Russian territory," but said the information was "unofficial."

21 December 2015

Russian Activist Gets Two-Year Sentence for ‘Calls to Extremism’ on Social Networks

A Russian court has found activist Darya Polyudova guilty of "public calls to separatism and extremism" on social networks and has sentenced her to two years in a penal colony.

18 December 2015

As Russia Insulates Itself from Human Rights Bodies, State Surveillance Decision Looms

The European Court of Human Rights ruled in favor of a free expression advocate's case against Russian government surveillance. But thanks to a new law, Russia officially does not care.

17 December 2015

WhatsApp is Back on in Brazil. But Why Was it Blocked in the First Place?

The judge who issued the order based her decision on a provision of Marco Civil, Brazil's so-called "Bill of Rights" for the Internet.

16 December 2015

Netizen Report: Tales of Torture from Ethiopia’s Jails

Netizens give chilling account of inhumane treatment in Ethiopia's prison system. Meanwhlie, sedition laws levy strict penalties for netizens in Thailand, Malaysia.

15 December 2015

China's 2nd World Internet Conference Will Focus on ‘Rule of Law’, But Not Free Expression

"These conferences have had no credibility ever since the first one, whose real aim was to ensure that Internet companies wanting to operate in China fall into line."

Ethiopian Netizens Defend Themselves in Court After 525 Days of Detention

Left to defend themselves in court, Ethiopian netizens reject charges of anti-government activity and describe torture and ethnic discrimination in prison.

14 December 2015

Bangladesh Unblocks All Social Media Services (For Now)

Contradictory statements from authorities have left many Bangladeshis wondering what was behind the ban on Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, and other major communications platforms.

Thai Worker Arrested for Mocking the King’s Dog on Facebook

Authorities will also file sedition charges against the Facebook user for 'liking' and 'sharing' an infographic which explains a corruption scandal involving the military.

Nigerian Lawmakers May Criminalize ‘Abusive’ and Anti-Government Messages Online

Nigeria's social media landscape is poised for dramatic changes, if lawmakers get their way with a new bill that would make it possible to sentence Internet bullies to prison time.

Support our work defending online freedom of expression around the world.

justice+matters

Learn why our work is important »

Donate now

Close