Stories about Legal Threats

13 October 2016

Cuban Journalist Elaine Diaz and Colleagues Arrested For Reporting on Hurricane Matthew “Without a Permit”

Diaz confirmed late in the evening on October 12 that she and colleagues were released from police custody and returning to Havana.

6 October 2016

Netizen Report: Open Source Developers Endure Long Prison Sentences, And Worse

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

#FreeBassel: Missing for More Than a Year, Syrian Web Developer is Not Forgotten

October 3, 2016 marked the one-year anniversary since Syrian-Palestinian software engineer Bassel Khartabil, also known as Bassel Safadi, disappeared from his prison cell in Syria.

5 October 2016

As Violence Escalates in Ethiopia, Zone9 and Other Prominent Bloggers Face New Legal Threats

Seyoum Teshome, a prominent member of the embattled community of Ethiopian online writers was arrested last Friday. Meanwhile, the Zone9 bloggers are scheduled to return to court on October 21.

4 October 2016

Venezuelan Government Jails Video Producers on Charges of ‘Instigating Rebellion’

A video intended to make the Venezuelan military reflect on the impact of their increasing power in Venezuela has landed its producers in jail.

3 October 2016

Help End the Imprisonment of Iranian Web Developer Saeed Malekpour

Saeed Malekpour was arrested and jailed in 2008 over someone else's use of his open source code to upload pornographic material to the Internet.

Macedonian Journalist Božinovski Continues Hunger Strike in Face of Trial Postponement

Božinovski runs the tabloid-style web portal, famous for publishing leaked information that implicated prominent members of the Macedonian political elite in a variety of misdeeds.

30 September 2016

In Tanzania, Expressing Political Opinions on Social Media is Becoming Increasingly Dangerous

Five Tanzanian citizens, Dennis Temu, Suleiman Nassoro, Shakira Makame, Juma Mtatuu, Dennis Mtegwa, appeared before a Tanzanian court September 14 charged with insulting President John Magufuli on social media. The five...

29 September 2016

Kuwait Detains Activist Sara Al-Drees for Insulting the Country's Ruler

The pro-democracy activist has previously served jail time for the same charge.

26 September 2016

Jordanian Authorities Impose Media Gag After Writer's Killing

Jordanian authorities have banned media coverage of the assassination of Nahed Hattar, a writer who was shot dead on September 25 by a gunman in the capital Amman.

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