· May, 2014

Stories about Free Expression from May, 2014

14 May 2014

Tunisian Activist Azyz Amami Arrested on Drug Charges

Amami has been blogging on social and political issues in Tunisia since 2008. He has demanded an end to state surveillance and censorship in concert with Tunisia’s most influential cyberactivists.

13 May 2014

Pakistan High Court Demands Unblocking of YouTube

In what appears to be a major victory for Internet openness in Pakistan, Lahore's High Court ruled to unblock YouTube, responding to a legal challenge filed by open Internet advocates.

Security Forces Detain Leader of “SOS Venezuela” Campaign

Rodrigo Diamanti is the president and founder of “Un Mundo Sin Mordaza” (A World Without the Gag), the NGO behind the campaign “SOS Venezuela” and “Your voice is your power.”

Activists Push Back on Mauritania's Information Society Law

A newly proposed law on the Information Society in Mauritania would limit free expression and prohibit the use of encryption. Activists are speaking out against the legislation.

12 May 2014

#FreeSimpson: Campaign to Free Jailed Activists in Morocco

Eleven members of the pro-democracy February 20 Movement were detained in April after joining a labor protest. Using #FreeSimpson and #FreeKoulchi hashtags, supporters are calling for their release.

Join the #FreeZone9Bloggers Tweetathon on May 14

Join Global Voices bloggers for an Africa-wide tweetathon in support of the nine bloggers and journalists arrested in late April and currently being detained in Ethiopia.

11 May 2014

Why Blogging is a Threat to the Ethiopian Government

"The threat embodied in Ethiopia’s bloggers, journalists and free thinkers is that they are introducing a radical new idea—the idea of a freer, more democratic country."

9 May 2014

Azerbaijan: N!DA Activists Face 6-8 Years in Prison

As one journalist put it, members of the leading online activist group were “found guilty of being bright, intelligent, brave and honest.”

8 May 2014

Saudi Blogger Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison, 1000 Lashes

Yesterday, a Saudi court sentenced Raif Badawi to 10 years in prison and 1000 lashes for setting up a liberal website.

3 May 2014

4 Ways You Can Join the #FreeZone9Bloggers Campaign

Join the campaign to free nine bloggers and journalists detained in Ethiopia: Write a letter, sign a statement, or organize an event in your city!

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