· October, 2015

Stories about Free Expression from October, 2015

14 October 2015

Egyptian Facebook User Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Putting Mickey Mouse Ears on Sisi

Egyptian Facebook user Amr Nohan has been sentenced to three years in prison by a military court for adding Mickey Mouse ears to President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi's image.

9 October 2015

Rethinking Criticisms Levelled at Iran's Supreme Council of Cyberspace

In a follow up to the ICHRI piece, Small Media reacts to that report, with their own observations on the recent changes to Iran's Internet policy.

8 October 2015

Stopped and Frisked by Facebook: ‘Real Name’ Policy Puts Speech Before Privacy

Facebook has a long way to go before they can fully appreciate the responsibility they carry when they decide to dictate what and who is "real" in the world.

6 October 2015

Kabul Taxi is Blocked on Facebook. Long Live Kabul Taxi!

Facebook and the government of Afghanistan combined to put the breaks on a popular online vehicle for political satire. But public demand for more is insatiable.

Turkey Puts a Gun to the Media's Head in Lead-up to Elections

Information campaigns and physical intimidation that once targeted Kurdish and leftist media are now being aimed at major media outlets of all kinds.

5 October 2015

Open Letter: Facebook Must Change its Broken “Real Name” Policy

"Facebook maintains a system that disregards the circumstances of users in countries with low Internet connectivity, exposes its users to danger, and curtails free speech."

2 October 2015

Indonesian Student Detained Under Cyber Law for Police Extortion Video

"Is defamation the reason for Adlun's arrest or was he arrested for revealing facts about police [behavior]?"

1 October 2015

New Leak Details Kremlin’s Plans For a Russian ‘National Internet’

The leak by Anonymous International reveals plans for the concept of a “national information platform” in Russia, which effectively describes the creation of an alternative Russian Internet.

Netizen Report: Will Brazil Give Up On Defending Digital Rights?

Brazilian legislators seek to undercut the Marco Civil while Ecuador’s president wields tools of censorship to avoid hurt feelings.

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