Stories about Law

28 September 2018

Free speech advocates say Bangladesh's new Digital Security Act is ‘ripe for abuse’

"Journalism is surely not for increasing conflict, or for tarnishing the image of the country," said PM Hasina, in response to critics.

20 September 2018

Will Brazil's forthcoming data protection law actually protect peoples’ privacy rights?

The president vetoed the creation of an independent authority that would oversee the law's implementation.

18 September 2018

Three days behind bars for the ‘crime’ of journalism: Diary of a Nigerian journalist

Investigative journalist Samuel Ogundipe spent three days in detention on spurious charges and was denied access to his lawyer. Now free on bail, he is telling his story.

6 September 2018

A lethal combination: How MENA governments use cybercrime laws and spyware to target activists

Gulf governments continue to deploy cybercrime laws as an arbitrary legal cover to target target human rights defenders.

30 August 2018

Is Russian social media giant VKontakte sidestepping the GDPR? One user is trying to find out.

Russia's largest social network VKontakte is in hot water again for playing fast and loose with their users' privacy — this time allegedly violating the GDPR regulations.

In Mozambique, new licensing fees have raised the cost of doing journalism — and may threaten media freedom

The fees were described by Mozambican online newspaper @Verdade as "astronomical".

21 August 2018

Facebook admits it has been slow in addressing hate speech in Myanmar

"The ethnic violence in Myanmar is horrific and we have been too slow to prevent misinformation and hate on Facebook."

17 August 2018

Fearing reprimand, student protesters in Bangladesh go silent

The government has blamed social media users and activists for trying to create unrest by sharing provocative posts and content on Facebook.

13 August 2018

Lebanon ramps up interrogations of online activists

“You cannot bring us up with a mentality of freedom and then try to oppress us.”

9 August 2018

Russians are facing criminal prosecution for sharing memes online, thanks to anti-extremism laws

Repressive laws and cumbersome bureaucracy are putting hundreds of Russians behind bars for sharing memes online.