· December, 2015

Stories about Free Expression from December, 2015

16 December 2015

Netizen Report: Tales of Torture from Ethiopia’s Jails

Netizens give chilling account of inhumane treatment in Ethiopia's prison system. Meanwhlie, sedition laws levy strict penalties for netizens in Thailand, Malaysia.

15 December 2015

China's 2nd World Internet Conference Will Focus on ‘Rule of Law’, But Not Free Expression

"These conferences have had no credibility ever since the first one, whose real aim was to ensure that Internet companies wanting to operate in China fall into line."

Ethiopian Netizens Defend Themselves in Court After 525 Days of Detention

Left to defend themselves in court, Ethiopian netizens reject charges of anti-government activity and describe torture and ethnic discrimination in prison.

14 December 2015

Bangladesh Unblocks All Social Media Services (For Now)

Contradictory statements from authorities have left many Bangladeshis wondering what was behind the ban on Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, and other major communications platforms.

Thai Worker Arrested for Mocking the King’s Dog on Facebook

Authorities will also file sedition charges against the Facebook user for 'liking' and 'sharing' an infographic which explains a corruption scandal involving the military.

Low Bandwidth, High Hopes: Digital Participation in Venezuelan Elections

Despite low bandwidth and a series of localized Internet outages, the Web proved critical to public discourse and circulation of information about candidates, especially those running with the opposition.

11 December 2015

Chinese Authorities Think Internet Companies Should Reward Netizens Who ‘Spread Good News’

China's State Internet Information Office spokesman urged Internet companies to allocate charity funds to those who "spread good news." But netizens don't completely agree with government's idea of good news.

10 December 2015

Netizen Report: Pro-Government Hackers and Constitutional Amendment Put Free Speech Under Fire in Ecuador

Facebook is back on in Bangladesh, Venezuela sees big changes (and Internet outages) on Election Day and Kazakhstan plans to spy on everyone.

9 December 2015

Ecuadorean Political Leader Who Criticized Government Nepotism on Twitter Gets 15 Days in Prison

A few tweets about an alleged case of nepotism in Ecuador's Government earned Sebastian Cevallos a sentence of 15 days in jail.

7 December 2015

After a Year Behind Bars, Journalist Khadija Ismayilova of Azerbaijan is Fearless

"I am so much wealthier than all the corrupt men and women I have written about. Because I have values for which I am ready to even sacrifice my life."

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