March, 2016

Stories from March, 2016

22 March 2016

Indian Migrant Worker Arrested in Saudi Arabia For Denouncing Working Conditions on Facebook

"People stuck...in a country where they are treated worse than dogs, for years in very bad conditions, that's the reality 'necessary' for us to fuel our tanks. Infuriating and depressing."

21 March 2016

Netizens Mock Mark Zuckerberg's Love Affair with China

"Mark, you have six people in your running team. Did you apply for authorisation to run on the street? If not, this is illegal in China."

17 March 2016

Russia Plans to Fine Websites for ‘Propaganda’ of Circumvention Tools

The Kremlin is so worried about internet circumvention tools it now seeks to make mere mentions of them illegal and introduce fines for "propaganda" of ways to access blocked websites.

16 March 2016

Netizen Report: Uganda and Nigeria Seek Stricter Controls for Social Media

Thuggery runs rampant in the MENA region, Chile bans spy balloons and Google gears up to expand implementation of the "Right to Be Forgotten."

‘Nude’ Photos of Australian Aboriginal Women Trigger Facebook Account Suspensions

Facebook has been attacked over its suspension of people in Australia for posting a photo of topless Aboriginal women performing a public ceremony.

15 March 2016

#WhereisBassel: Imprisoned Syrian Technologist Is Still Missing

Five months ago, Syrian web developer Bassel Khartabil disappeared from a Damascus prison, where he had spent four years since his 2012 arrest. Join supporters and ask: #WhereisBassel?

14 March 2016

Between Hashtags and Memes, Bolivian Leaders Push for Social Media Regulation

A draft law that would regulate social media -- with criminal consequences for its violators -- has sparked intense debates among Bolivian citizens.

Bahrain Arrests Activist Zainab Al Khawaja Along with her One-Year-Old Baby

Bahrain arrested human rights activist Zainab Al Khawaja along with her 15-month-old toddler. The arrest comes on the fifth anniversary of the arrival of Saudi troops to crush pro-democracy protests.

12 March 2016

Chinese Journalists Need a Press Law for Protection

"If there is no law, we take the initiative and can control [media] as we want."

10 March 2016

Kurdish Reporter Faces Jail Time in Turkey for Twitter and Facebook Posts

Turkish authorities increasingly "conflate coverage of banned groups and investigation of sensitive topics with outright terrorism or other anti-state activity."

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