· February, 2015

Stories about Free Expression from February, 2015

27 February 2015

Renowned Chinese Human Rights Lawyer Still Detained After 10 Months

A human rights lawyer who has defended clients ranging from Ai Weiwei to communist party officials, Pu Zhiqiang is now facing criminal charges over his postings on Weibo.

Bangladeshi-American Blogger Hacked to Death in Dhaka

Roy is the second Bangladeshi blogger killed since 2013. Horrifying photos of he and his wife, bloodied and injured on the street, were circulated on social media.

Digital Citizen 2.4

Digital Citizen is a biweekly review of news, policy, and research on human rights and technology in the Arab World. Last month, a horrific attack on the Paris offices of...

24 February 2015

The Dress Rehearsal for the Belarusian Crackdown

"Belaruskaya Pravda" chief editor Yuri Dubina says the recent crackdown in Belarus on independent online media is only "the dress rehearsal" before the presidential election this November.

23 February 2015

Egyptian Blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah Sentenced to Five Years in Jail

Prominent Egyptian activist and blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah, an icon of the Egyptian revolution, was sentenced to five years in prison today.

22 February 2015

US Government Eases Sanctions to Allow Export of Personal Communications Tools to Sudan

The US government has issued a general license amending sanctions on Sudan to allow the export of certain personal communications technologies.

20 February 2015

Your Mobile Privacy is Under Threat Because of US and UK Spies

"The NSA and GCHQ covertly stole millions of encryption keys used to protect your mobile phone communications."

16 February 2015

Advocates Petition UN to Intervene on Jailed Ethiopian Bloggers’ Behalf

Advocates argue that the Ethiopian government's imprisonment of these individuals on spurious terror charges is arbitrary and illegal.

13 February 2015

Wave of Arrests in France for ‘Advocating Terrorism’ After Charlie Hebdo Attack

Since the attacks last January, over 100 criminal charges have been filed for terrorism advocacy in France, occasionally against minors, oftentimes for reasons that have little to do with the...

In Putin's Russia, a Retweet Can Lead to a Jail Term

Even a retweet of an image or a republished post may cost Russian citizens unfettered access to the Internet—and often, their freedom.