January, 2017

Stories from January, 2017

30 January 2017

Journalists of Closed Hungarian Newspaper Népszabadság Score ‘Symbolic Posthumous Victory’ in Court

A Hungarian court has ruled that last October's sudden closure of the country's leading opposition daily, Népszabadság, was illegal.

27 January 2017

In Moldova, Civil Society Stands Up to ‘Big Brother’ Law

Pressured by civil society, Moldovan legislators debating whether to amend the flawed surveillance-enabling legal changes, called the "Big Brother" Law, or to demand a completely new proposal by the government.

26 January 2017

Netizen Report: Trump Administration Kicks Off With Media Gags, Anti-Protest Measures

The Trump era begins, Cameroon shuts down the Internet for English-speaking regions, and Iranians wonder if Telegram will be blocked on election day.

Russian Police Lose an Easy Way to Trap ‘Internet Extremists’

On Tuesday, by revising one of its default privacy settings, the Russian social network Vkontakte significantly reduced the number of shared photographs publicly visible on individual account pages.

Popular Chinese Selfie App Meitu Prompts Privacy Fears

"I think it’s just a very shady business practice to try to gather as much data as you can without asking for permission."

25 January 2017

Russia Says No to Political Crowdfunding by Individuals

Russia's version of PayPal is shutting down the transfer of money to individuals collecting funds for political purposes—a decision that will undermine one presidential bid to challenge Putin in 2018.

23 January 2017

China Officially Outlaws Unauthorised VPNs

The Chinese government has been blocking some VPN services in China since 2015, but the current policy has officially made unregistered VPN and web-hosting services illegal.

Hardliners Pressuring Iran's President Rouhani to Ban Popular Telegram App, This Time for 2017 Election

“This (the internet) isn’t freedom. It’s the worst kind of bondage. Polluted anti-religious networks are functioning in this country because the organizations in charge are not doing their jobs.”

22 January 2017

Health of Detained UAE Academic Nasser Bin Ghaith at Risk, Rights Groups Say

Bin Ghaith was held incommunicado for nine months over and deprived of adequate food and clothing. Supporters are now concerned for his health.

20 January 2017

Netizen Report: Bahrain Orders News Outlet to Stop ‘Using Electronic Media Tools’

Israeli lawmakers give nod to ‘Facebook Bill’, Oman suspends free speech cases against Facebookers, and Kenyans fear an election day Internet shutdown.