Stories about Law from May, 2014
Singapore Prime Minister Sues Blogger for Defamation
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong sued blogger Roy Ngerng for defamation in connection to a blog article alleging that the leader was involved in corruption.
Countdown to the End of Twitter in Russia
The deputy director of Russia’s chief censorship agency, Roscomnadzor, has threatened to order a block on Twitter or Facebook entirely, in a matter of minutes.
Ethiopia: Police Request More Time for Zone 9 Bloggers Investigation
Friends of Global Voices report on an emotional scene outside an Addis Ababa courtroom where Zone 9 bloggers appeared for a brief, closed hearing last week.
Pakistan High Court Demands Unblocking of YouTube
In what appears to be a major victory for Internet openness in Pakistan, Lahore's High Court ruled to unblock YouTube, responding to a legal challenge filed by open Internet advocates.
Activists Push Back on Mauritania's Information Society Law
A newly proposed law on the Information Society in Mauritania would limit free expression and prohibit the use of encryption. Activists are speaking out against the legislation.
#FreeSimpson: Campaign to Free Jailed Activists in Morocco
Eleven members of the pro-democracy February 20 Movement were detained in April after joining a labor protest. Using #FreeSimpson and #FreeKoulchi hashtags, supporters are calling for their release.
Join the #FreeZone9Bloggers Tweetathon on May 14
Join Global Voices bloggers for an Africa-wide tweetathon in support of the nine bloggers and journalists arrested in late April and currently being detained in Ethiopia.
Why Blogging is a Threat to the Ethiopian Government
"The threat embodied in Ethiopia’s bloggers, journalists and free thinkers is that they are introducing a radical new idea—the idea of a freer, more democratic country."
Russian Internet on the Way to Pyongyang
Starting on August 1, 2014 all distributors of online content will be required to retain user data for a minimum of six months after its creation.
Get the Facts: Mexico's #LeyTelecom
Mexico's proposed telecom law would increase state control and loosen limitations on telecommunication companies' abilities to censor, surveil, and discriminate on their networks. Learn more about it and get involved!
Malaysian Minister: Too Many Newspapers Will “Confuse the People”
While most countries in the region see newspapers closing down in favor of an Internet-only model, two Malaysian news sites are seeking to do the opposite, despite challenges from above.