· January, 2014

Stories about Free Expression from January, 2014

Prison Flees: Reflections on Alaa, Activism, and Community

"Alaa reminded us how our encounter with technology became a way of living." Reflections from Lina Attalah on friend and activist Alaa Abd El Fattah, currently in prison in Egypt.

Lebanon: SMEX Tracks Web Filtering Through Research, Crowdsourcing

New research from Social Media Exchange shows web blocking data from Lebanon -- and invites users to join a crowdsourcing effort to learn more about blocking across ISPs.

Minister Offers $2000 Reward To Unmask Zambian Watchdog Editors

Bribes abound in the latest chapter of the battle between the Zambian government and the independent Zambian Watchdog news site.

Egypt: The Muppets Intelligence Agency

In Egypt, a Muppet-like character is being accused of sending coded messages to terrorists. Amr Tarek explains why this puppet is on trial.

Censorship, Prosecution Drive Exodus of Opinion Leaders from China's Sina Weibo

China's crackdown on online "rumor-mongering" has led many opinion leaders to quit Sina Weibo, the country's most popular social media platform.

Chinese Netizens (and Political Discourse) Migrate to WeChat

With pro-government voices successfully dominating Weibo, WeChat has become the most important platform for public opinion making in mainland China.

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