Stories about Activism from December, 2013
NSA and FinFisher and drones, oh my! Was 2013 the "worst year for Internet freedom" to date? Jillian and Eva discuss.
There are currently 142 people in prison or detention for "politically motivated reasons" in Azerbaijan. Activist and blogger Arzu Geybullayeva reflects on the country's approach to human rights and Internet governance in 2013.
Bloggers, punk rockers, intellectuals, dissidents, and a pair of Argentine tourists were all detained in Cuba last week, just in time for international Human Rights Day.
Uncertainty continues over the fate of Syrian cartoonist Akram Raslan, winner of the Award for Courage in Editorial Cartooning for 2013, arrested in October 2012 by the Assad regime.
Four activists, among them internationally acclaimed non-violent activist Razan Zaitouneh, were kidnapped by unidentified masked gunmen, sparking a call for their immediate release.
A new "anti-protest" bill in Spain could prohibit calling for protests via the Internet, circulating riot images during demonstrations, and "violence against street furniture."
An unusually diverse range of groups are making urgent last-minute appeals against Japan's State Secrecy Protection Bill. Meanwhile, a ruling party leader compared protesters to "terrorists".
Le Quoc Quan was arrested in December 2012 on trumped-up charges of tax evasion -- but experts suspect that the "real purpose" of his detention and prosecution was to silence Quan, who is an active human rights advocate.
Media organizations in Syria speak out against the increasing harassment of journalists by jihadist groups in the country.