Stories about Activism from August, 2009
Saudi Arabia blocking Twitter pages of activists
Saudi Arabia’s Communication and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has recently blocked access to Twitter accounts of a blogger @Mashi97 and a human rights activist @abualkhair. The move comes after the role Twitter played in the recent post-elections uprising in Iran. Blogger Khaled al-Nasser told AFP that his tweets which included...
China: Netizen detained for “spreading rumor”
A netizen Xiong Zhongjun has been detained by Hubei police for questioning the identity of a car accident driver on the Internet. The 10-day detention started on 21 of August according to Xinhua report. The car accident, which led to the death of a young man, took place in Hangzhou...
Egypt: the Influence of Facebook Events and Groups
Within the dynamic and expansive electronic media landscape in Egypt, Facebook became widely used by Egyptian citizens for different reasons and in several occasions, especially when it comes to shape the public opinion in opposition to the Egyptian government. For example, the Egyptian government recently announced, through the ministry of communication, a “Fair Usage Policy (FUB)” to be implemented in Egypt, aiming to limit the bandwidth consumed by internet users and determine specific downloadable amount.