September, 2016

Stories from September, 2016

Netizen Report: In Cuba, Text Messages With Controversial Content Are Disappearing

Journalist repression is on the rise in Cuba, Saudi bans LINE, and Russian authorities jail gamer for offending religious people, Pokemon-style.

Ghanaian President Vows Not to Shut Down Social Media During Elections

Ghanaian president John Mahama has assured the nation that social media will not be shut down during elections due to take place on December 7.

Kashmir: Where ‘Digital India’ Ends

Two months without internet is a long time. For Kashmiris, rather than a security measure, it feels more like collective punishment.

Maldives Authorities Target Journalists After Al Jazeera Exposes $1.5 Billion Corruption Scandal

President Yameen and his associates embezzled millions of dollars, bribed judges and other high-level officials, and used influence to remove government workers who stood in their way.

Algerian Court Upholds Conviction of Activist Jailed for Insulting Islam on Facebook

Despite having his sentenced decreased by two years, Bouhafs will still remain in jail for expressing his views.

Detention of News Site Director Raises Concerns for Venezuela's Freedom of Speech

Lawyer and journalist Braulio Jatar was arrested and accused of money laundering, but netizens and journalists believe his reporting on protests against president Nicolas Maduro was the real reason.

Russia's Pokemon-Go-Playing Atheist Outlaw Has Some Powerful Enemies

Out of respect for the blogger, the church says it won't “force Christian forgiveness” or “Christian love,” explaining that he hasn't asked for the former and rejects the latter.

Netizen Report: With Gabon's Internet Shutdown, Activists Confront Challenges of Circumventing Censorship

Bhutan makes headlines in Facebook defamation case, Paraguay uses censorship to protect children from the Internet, and Iran enters talks with French telco Orange.

Angered by Mobile App Censorship, Saudis Ask: ‘What's the Point of Having Internet?’

Saudi Arabia, which already blocks WhatsApp, Viber and Skype, has angered users by blocking the messaging and voice calling app LINE.

Hackers Exploit Android Flaw to Target Iranian Activists

Suspected state-sponsored hackers have intensified their attempts to break into the online accounts of Iranian rights activists in recent weeks by exploiting security vulnerabilities in Android smartphones.

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