May, 2017

Stories from May, 2017

22 May 2017

Malaysian Editors Face Cybercrime Charges for Posting a Video that Criticized Attorney General

In the video, which was taken during a press briefing, a former member of the ruling party called for the resignation of the attorney general.

‘No to Silence': Javier Valdez's Murder Highlights Persistent Perils for Mexican Journalists

Seven journalists have been murdered in Mexico this year. Since 2012, less than one percent of attacks on journalists have resulted in a criminal conviction.

Panic Over Russian Online Suicide Game Sparks ‘Whale Hunt’ in China

Pro-government groups are waging a campaign against the game, and internet censors have predictably gone into overdrive.

19 May 2017

Azerbaijan Blocks Independent Media (And Actually Admits it)

"This was one thing we had left and they have taken it too. May God punish them. All they think about is how to shut people up."

Cybercrime Charges Against Jamaica's Tambourine Army Founder Dropped

Jamaica's Director of Public Prosecutions has dropped all three charges against activist La Toya Nugent, under the country's Cybercrimes Act.

‘Cyber Warrior’ Group Threatens to Extort Indian Women on Facebook

Threats of character assassination and extortion can carry severe real-life consequences, especially for women.

18 May 2017

Netizen Report: Chelsea Manning and the Power of Transparency

This week, Chelsea Manning was finally released from prison, Ukraine censored Russian web platforms and Thailand threatened legal action against Facebook.

17 May 2017

Iran Elections 2017: Hassan Rouhani Ran on Openness. But What Did He Actually Achieve?

Hassan Rouhani has been both the candidate and President of "hope and moderation" for Iranians. Article 19's report assesses how this has had an affect on freedoms online.

The Russian State Media: Champion of Internet Freedom?

With millions of Ukrainians now at risk of losing their beloved online services, Russia's state media did what it often does in unexpected geopolitical situations: it suddenly changed sides.

16 May 2017

Why is China Home to Half of the Computers Infected With WannaCry Ransomware?

Chinese computer users may be more vulnerable to the attack as many commonly use unlicensed (i.e. pirated) or outdated versions of Windows OS and thus do not receive security updates.

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