· February, 2014

Stories about Law from February, 2014

“Google Tax” Threatens Spain's News Aggregators

The Spanish government is reviewing a new intellectual property bill, an extension of the so-called Sinde law, which restricts the use of links and citations of publications.

Draft Media Law Could Bring Censorship to East Timor

Local media groups are rejecting a draft media law in East Timor that contains provisions that threaten free expression and media workers' rights.

Hong Kong Police Made Thousands of Personal Data Requests With No Judicial Oversight

In 2013, the Hong Kong Police Force made 7,462 requests for user data under the pretext of "crime investigation", yet the process was not monitored by any judicial bodies.

Digital Surveillance in Angola and Other “Less Important” African Countries

Detection of malware in Africa's largest countries seems to be of ongoing interest to researchers. But what about those countries that are "less important" on the global stage?

Xu Zhiyong and the Long Road for China's Human Rights Activists

Oiwan Lam argues that the conviction of human rights activist Xu Zhiyong, a pioneer of civic organizing online, is emblematic of the new era of government repression towards Chinese activists.

Philippine Supreme Court Upholds Cyber Libel Law

The Philippine Supreme Court affirmed the constitutionality of an online libel policy, disappointing and angering media freedom advocates

Algerian Cartoonist Faces 18 Months in Jail for Mocking President

Djamel Ghanem faces prison for an unpublished cartoon in which he used an image of baby diapers to mock Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

Venezuela: Twitter Photos Blocked as Protests Continue

As protests escalate, Internet users throughout Venezuela are reporting trouble accessing websites and multimedia content on Twitter. Most problems appear to be occuring on CANTV, the state-owned ISP.

Two Million Mobile SIM Cards Deactivated in Zambia

Zambians who failed to register their SIM cards are now facing dead air -- journalists and opposition party leaders say the deactivations are a violation of citizens' privacy and communication...

February 11: Activists Say No to “Cyber Martial Law”, Digital Surveillance in Philippines

On Feburary 11, Filipino activists and netizen groups renewed their opposition to the anti-cybercrime law which they described as a "dangerous measure that would legitimize cyber martial law in the...

Iran on the Day to End Mass Surveillance

On the "Day We Fight Back", one digital rights group urges the world not to forget that pervasive surveillance has long been part of everyday life in Iran.

February 11: The Internet Says No to Mass Surveillance

On February 11, people all over the world will come together to take a stand against mass surveillance. Anyone, anywhere can participate -- whether you're taking to the streets, or...

Some Kazakh Bloggers Dine With Mayor, Some Get Jail Terms

Three Kazakh bloggers have been sentenced to 10 days in jail for protesting outside a restaurant where a mayor was meeting with other local bloggers.

Indonesia: Twitter Defamation Case Casts Shadow on Media Landscape

Media freedom advocates call for a revision of Indonesia's 'draconian' Internet law after a local Twitter celebrity was found guilty of defaming a politician.

Four Months in Jail and Counting for Algerian Blogger Who Criticized President

Algerian blogger Abdelghani Aloui has been in prison since September 2013. His charge? Posting on Facebook photos and caricatures deemed offensive to Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

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