· August, 2014

Stories about Human Rights from August, 2014

28 August 2014

Activist Blogger in Vietnam Gets 3 Years Behind Bars for ‘Obstructing Traffic’

A court has sentenced a prominent Vietnamese activist blogger to three years in prison for posing a “serious obstruction to traffic.” Her two other companions will join her behind bars.

25 August 2014

Critics Fear Bangladesh's New Media Monitoring Policy Will Stifle Free Expression

Many have raised questions about the new draft broadcasting policy of Bangladesh -- analysts say it is regressive and will control the media.

22 August 2014

Iranian Minister Says Government ‘Never Promised’ to End Web Censorship

ICT Minister Vaezi's words contradict President Hassan Rouhani's pledge to lift bans on popular social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Massive Leak Opens New Investigation of FinFisher Surveillance Tools in Pakistan

Unknown hackers released 40 gigabytes of data uncovered about the use of FinFisher, the malicious digital spyware kit, in Pakistan. The Digital Rights Foundation reports on first findings.

Advocates Petition UN for Action on Jailed Egyptian Blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah

The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Media Legal Defence Initiative asked the UN to intervene immediately in the case of Abd El Fattah, who began a hunger strike this week.

20 August 2014

Prominent Egyptian Activist Alaa Abdel Fattah Goes on Hunger Strike

Egyptian activist and blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah has entered an open-ended hunger strike until he is released from prison, his family said in a statement posted on Facebook today.

SMS Death Threats Stoke Fears on Fate of Abducted Journalist in Maldives

The messages came just before the unexplained disappearance of journalist and democracy advocate Ahmed Rizwan Abdulla.

19 August 2014

Freedom of Information Dealt A Blow in Mexico: IFAI Won't Challenge Telecom Law

Disappointment and frustration prevail as the IFAI's decision leaves Mexico's citizens defenseless against the country's crucial new telecom law.

18 August 2014

Journalist and Democracy Advocate Ahmed Rizwan Abdulla Missing in the Maldives

The prolific social media user is vocal against hatred in the name of religion and has not been shy about criticizing the Maldives Islamist Adhaalath Party and other political parties.

16 August 2014

Iran Vows to Block All “Unlicensed” Websites

On the day to recognize journalists, Iran's Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance announced that all news websites must henceforth obtain a state license -- or face automatic censorship.