· May, 2013

Stories about Free Expression from May, 2013

30 May 2013

Interview: Ali Abdulemam on Human Rights in Bahrain

Bahraini blogger, political activist, and Global Voices author Ali Abdulemam, who had been living in hiding in Bahrain for two years, appeared in London in early May, where he has...

29 May 2013

South Korea's Child Porn Law Blasted for Restricting Freedom of Expression

A new youth protection law in South Korea, meant to protect children by clamping down on child pornography, is being assailed for its broad language that labels net users who...

Copyright Amendment Could Bring Web Filter System to Taiwan

Many Taiwanese believe that a recent proposed copyright amendment put forward by the government is a setback for democracy. The amendment would provide legal ground for ISP-level blocking of websites...

28 May 2013

A Technological Solution to the Challenges of Online Defamation

When people are insulted or humiliated on the Internet, they often feel that someone should pay for the personal damages inflicted. Search engines have been this "someone" in many online...

23 May 2013

14-year-old Citizen Journalist Killed Covering Clashes in Syria

Omar Qatifaan, a 14-year-old media activist, was killed while covering clashes between pro- and anti-government forces in the southern Daraa al-Ballad area of Syria near the border with Jordan.

Advocates Challenge Use of FinFisher Surveillance Software in Pakistan

The Pakistani human rights organisation Bytes for All is challenging the use of invasive surveillance software by the government of Pakistan. FinFisher, produced by Gamma International, a UK-based company named...

Thailand Threatens to Censor Online Critics of Prime Minister

In the wake of the Thai government's lawsuit against cartoonist Chai Rachawat, the country's Minister of Information and Communications Technology has warned that websites containing defamatory remarks against the Prime...

21 May 2013

Irrepressible Voices: A New Human Rights Video Website

This post introduces the newly launched project Irrepressible Voices, a citizen video platform. Irrepressible Voices aims to fill the gap between citizen journalists' work and mainstream media coverage of human...

19 May 2013

Bahrain Jails Six Twitter Users for Insulting King

Six Twitter users were sentenced to a year in prison each by a Bahrain court last week for allegedly insulting King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa on the micro-blogging site.

18 May 2013

Chad-Senegal: A New Axis of Blogger Persecution?

On May 7, Chadian blogger Makaila Ngu├ębla, who had lived in exile in Senegal for eight years, was arrested by Senegalese intelligence services and deported to Conakry (Republic of Guinea)...