· May, 2017

Stories about Free Expression from May, 2017

Police Threaten Maldivian Bloggers Abroad With Arrest Over Twitter

Four independent Maldivian bloggers and activists living overseas have been issued arrest warrants by police over the past week. Apparently, they were targeted because they promote secularism or secularists.

When Journalists Are Attacked, Macedonian Authorities Are Dangerously Slow to Act

Some media workers who were targeted during mob violence at Macedonia's parliament in April haven't filed reports with police because they don't believe anything will come of them.

Egypt Ups Systematic Efforts to Silence Independent Media

In an environment of persistent conflict, free and independent media that cover events in the public interest — not in the interests of politicians — is more important than ever.

Netizen Report: In India and Jamaica, Women Face Threats for Resisting Misogyny Online

In Malaysia and Azerbaijan, officials go after media for political coverage. Meanwhile, with major social media sites banned, Kashmiris have turned to local platform KashBook.

Iraqi Parliament Slammed for Bill Restricting Free Speech, Right to Protest

Instead of working to ensure stronger protections for freedoms, the Iraqi parliament is rather seeking to pass a repressive law.

Malaysian Editors Face Cybercrime Charges for Posting a Video that Criticized Attorney General

In the video, which was taken during a press briefing, a former member of the ruling party called for the resignation of the attorney general.

Cybercrime Charges Against Jamaica's Tambourine Army Founder Dropped

Jamaica's Director of Public Prosecutions has dropped all three charges against activist La Toya Nugent, under the country's Cybercrimes Act.

‘Cyber Warrior’ Group Threatens to Extort Indian Women on Facebook

Threats of character assassination and extortion can carry severe real-life consequences, especially for women.

Iran Elections 2017: Hassan Rouhani Ran on Openness. But What Did He Actually Achieve?

Hassan Rouhani has been both the candidate and President of "hope and moderation" for Iranians. Article 19's report assesses how this has had an affect on freedoms online.

Thailand Threatens to Take Facebook to Court Over Anti-Monarchy Posts

Tha Thailand government has given Facebook until Tuesday, May 16, 2017, to remove the 131 remaining 'anti-monarchy' posts.

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