· March, 2019

Stories about Activism from March, 2019

#WelcomeHomeAlaa: Egyptian revolution activist Alaa Abd El Fattah released after five years in prison

Alaa was a leading voice among Egyptian bloggers and technology activists in Cairo approaching and during the Egyptian Revolution.

Netizen Report: Activists in Pakistan and Malaysia confront online backlash after International Women’s Day events

This week, the EU parliament approved its Copyright Directive, Pakistan blocked mobile services (during a military parade) and Bangladesh blocked Al Jazeera English.

Censored on WeChat: #MeToo in China

The term “rice bunny”, which sounds similar to “me too” when spoken in Chinese, was used as a replacement hashtag to get around the censors.

Two years after completing his sentence, Emirati activist Osama al-Najjar remains in detention

Al-Najjar was arrested over tweets calling for the release of prisoners of conscience in the Emirates.

Welcome to the Venezuelan internet. Luis Carlos and Naky will be your guides.

Through serious analysis and their signature wit, Luis Carlos Diaz and Naky Soto have helped a generation of us learn our digital rights.

Netizen Report: EU activists make a final push to keep the internet filter-free

The EU makes a final decision on copyright rules, Iraq considers a new cybercrime law, and internet activists in Kazakhstan, Egypt and Venezuela face legal threats.

Scheduled release of Egyptian activist Alaa Abd El Fattah delayed by 10 days

The #FreeAlaa campaign reassured supporters that the delay is not a cause for concern for now.

Groups denounce continuous cyberattacks against independent media in the Philippines

"The goal is to deny a public hungry for information the reports and stories it needs to understand what is happening in a country besieged by lies and disinformation."

Charged with ‘instigating crimes’, journalist Luis Carlos Diaz is released in Venezuela

The Global Voices community is relieved that our colleague is safe and with his family.

Netizen Report: Activists reject EU plans to pre-censor copyright violations, ‘terrorist’ content

A weekly dose of news about challenges, victories, and emerging trends in technology and human rights around the world.

‘We are not bots!’ In Berlin, thousands protest proposed EU regulation on internet upload filters

Protesters rallied against the proposed "upload filters" in EU Copyright Directive, as part of a movement spanning the continent.

Photojournalist Mahmoud ‘Shawkan’ Abu Zeid walks free, after more than five years in prison

Shawkan, who was working for Demotix at the time of his arrest, spent almost four years in pre-trial detention.

Netizen Report: Two of Egypt’s leading digital activists await their release from prison, after years behind bars

Alaa and Shawkan are still waiting to get out, Algeria's internet is faltering, and Nepal has a new IT bill.

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