· August, 2016

Stories about Censorship from August, 2016

30 August 2016

Journalist Jean Bigirimana is Still Missing as Burundi's Political Crisis Continues

The government's denial of Jean's detention has left his friends and colleagues fearful that authorities may be concealing information on his whereabouts or death.

29 August 2016

Death Penalty Still Looms for Mauritanian Blogger Who Spoke Out Against Caste-Based Discrimination

"This sentence signifies a step backwards in terms of tolerance and shows just how much issues of cast, religion, slavery and therefore democracy are taboos in Mauritania."

28 August 2016

Lawsuit Over Facebook Post Raises Fears of Online Censorship in Bhutan

The suit against Zam revolves a family that is fighting a property dispute against well-connected business man Ap Sonam Phuntsho, who is also father-in-law to the Chief Justice of Bhutan.

25 August 2016

Netizen Report: Bangladesh and Ethiopia Flip the Switch on Internet as Political Tensions Rise

Web blocking continues to plague Bangladesh and Ethiopia, Peru drops US $22 million on spyware, and sharing just might become a crime in Colombia.

5 August 2016

Justice as Usual, or Attack on Free Speech? Debunking Singapore’s Contempt-of-Court Bill

"Leaving people confused over what can or can’t be said will have a chilling effect, whatever the intention of the law, further entrenching a culture of self-censorship and passive citizenship."

Bangladesh Shuts Down the Internet, Then Orders Blocking of 35 News Websites

“As part of the ongoing exercise, all sorts of Internet connections will be suspended for a short period anytime at any place in the country.”

4 August 2016

Netizen Report: In China and the Middle East, Pokémon GO is Not All Fun and Games

While Pokemon continues to make waves across the globe, the UAE passes a perplexing new VPN law, Brazil's battle with WhatsApp continues and Mexican indigenous groups launch their own telco.

Anonymous Eritrea: Communicating in a Paranoid State

Many believe that the state can monitor any Eritrean, in any corner of the world. The regime has successfully portrayed itself as omnipresent—this is fundamental to its survival.

3 August 2016

Bad Laws Are Contagious: Demystifying the UAE’s New Information Tech Law

Preceded by a wave of VOIP blocking in various Arab countries, the new law comes as no surprise for those familiar with digital policy in the region.

1 August 2016

South Sudanese Journalists Face Increasing Threats as Political Violence Peaks

Journalists have long struggled to survive in Sudan and South Sudan, but the impact of the conflict that erupted in 2013 has made working in media even more dangerous.