· November, 2013

Stories about Free Expression from November, 2013

29 November 2013

Egyptian Activist Alaa Abd El Fattah Arrested — Again

Prominent Egyptian blogger and activist Alaa Abd El Fattah was arrested in Cairo late Thursday night. Supporters suspect the arrest took place under Egypt's new anti-protest law.

27 November 2013

Japan’s ‘State Secrets’ Bill Passes Lower House

Japan's House of Representatives passed the controversial State Secrecy Protection Bill on Tuesday, November 26 despite criticism from journalists and human rights advocates.

26 November 2013

Will Tunisia's ATT Ring in a New Era of Mass Surveillance?

"Hello darling! Your beloved 404 is back." Activists fear that a new government agency, charged with investigating ICT-related crime, may usher in a new regime of surveillance and censorship.

22 November 2013

Protesters, Journalists Speak Out Against Japan's National Secrecy Bill

The controversial bill seeks to impose tougher penalties for leaking national secrets. Critics fear it could curtail media freedom and the right to information.

15 November 2013

How LINE Censors Users in China (and How to Get Around it)

New research from the Citizen Lab investigates government pressures on Asian companies developing instant messaging apps, information controls on LINE apps, and implications for users.

13 November 2013

China: Over 100,000 Weibo Users Punished for Violating ‘Censorship Guidelines’

Tens of thousands of Sina Weibo users are being punished for posting "personal attack comments" or re-publishing messages posted by other users. Welcome to China's ever-broadening battlefield of online censorship.

11 November 2013

Journalist Dubbed ‘Macedonian Assange’ Arrested in Serbia

Macedonia releases one journalist and arrests another. Journalist Zoran Bozinovski was arrested in Serbia on November 7, 2013 on an Interpol warrant requested by Macedonian authorities.

10 November 2013

Venezuela’s President Announces Web Blocking on Live TV

On Saturday, November 9, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced publicly the government's decision to block several websites that track the unofficial price of foreign currency.

8 November 2013

Thai Media Groups Reject ‘Internet Censorship’ Bill

The Thailand government is proposing amendments to its already draconian Computer Crimes Act that would allow authorities to block websites without seeking court approval.

Chinese Government is “Winning” Internet Ideology Battle

In August, the Chinese Community Party launched a campaign against unauthorized political commentary online -- according to a new study, the campaign is working.