· July, 2014

Stories about Free Expression from July, 2014

Court Ruling Against Restaurant Reviewer Leaves French Bloggers Reeling

The presiding judge ruled that while the review fell "within the scope of freedom of expression" its title was defamatory.

Fear, Love and Iran's Favorite Internet Enemy (it's Facebook)

On July 13, eight young Iranians were dealt long prison sentences for their activities on Facebook. Activists both in and outside the country know little more about the case.

Zone 9 Bloggers Charged With Terrorism in Ethiopia

The nine bloggers and journalists, four of them Global Voices members, have rejected the charges and are preparing a defense for their August 8 trial.

Vietnamese Government ‘Opinion Shapers’ Target Activist Facebook Pages

The Facebook accounts of prominent Vietnamese activists have been suspended after being reported for abuse by suspected government supporters known as 'opinion shapers'.

How to Temper Internet Trolls: Tips from the Field

Digital rights buffs share ideas on how to mitigate online trolling -- without compromising free expression. This is the first of our partnership posts with Pakistani NGO Bolo Bhi.

Thai Junta Tightens its Grip on the Internet

Findings from the Citizen Lab’s network measurement tests show that blocking in the days following Thailand's coup was “highly dynamic.”

7 Cases That Prove Online Activism is Under Siege in Saudi Arabia

Learn about Gulf Center for Human Rights efforts to raise awareness about online activists facing harassment and legal challenges in Saudi Arabia.

Blocking Facebook: A Hot New Trend in Southeast Asia?

More and more governments in Southeast Asia are becoming aggressive in their efforts to block Facebook, especially during crisis moments. Netizens should respond by remaining vigilant.

As Rockets Rain on Gaza, Facebook Does Nothing to Stop Hate Speech Against Palestinians

A Facebook page featuring multiple posts in Hebrew calling for violence against Palestinians and Arabs has been active for three weeks.

“We Are Taking a Moral Stance Against Censorship”: Jordanian Website Defies Media Law

The website of Jordanian media advocacy platform 7iber was blocked for the second time last week. 7iber Editor Lina Ejeilat explains the group's opposition to the law behind the block.

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