· February, 2014

Stories about Free Expression from February, 2014

Photos: A Message to the World from #AB14

Photographer and human rights advocate Amer Sweidan took a series of portraits at last month's Arab Bloggers Meeting. In this brief essay, he describes the collaborative process of the project.

#AB14: If I speak out, will I be punished for it?

Focusing on policies for the digital realm seems strange in a region where dissent and even fact-based reporting, whether they happen online or offline, so often have profound real-life consequences.

Draft Media Law Could Bring Censorship to East Timor

Local media groups are rejecting a draft media law in East Timor that contains provisions that threaten free expression and media workers' rights.

Arab Bloggers: A Blessed Generation?

"It’s no surprise that three years after the start of the Arab revolutions, the situation of online freedom of expression in the region seems almost as bleak as it did...

Walkie-Talkie App Zello Blocked in Venezuela

Authorities were monitoring protester communications over the mobile push-to-talk app Zello. Now, they're blocking it.

Venezuela: The Internet Goes Dark in Táchira

"In Táchira we're without Internet, water, light, food, gasoline..." Live tweeting from what many are calling the "militarized" state of Táchira, where the currently raging protests began.

Philippine Supreme Court Upholds Cyber Libel Law

The Philippine Supreme Court affirmed the constitutionality of an online libel policy, disappointing and angering media freedom advocates

Venezuela: Police Seize Protester Mobile Phones

Protesters believe police are reviewing their personal information, erasing pictures and video of the protests, and sending prank messages to their families and friends.

Collecting Data About Possible Web Censorship in Venezuela

Global Voices authors are crowdsourcing information about web blocking Venezuela -- and they need your help!

Sudan: Blogger Remains in Detention for Criticizing Presidents

Tajeldin Arja was arrested at a press conference last December, after he criticized the Sudanese and Chadian Presidents for their actions surrounding the conflict in Darfur.

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