Stories about Legal Threats

9 August 2019

Nigerian activist arrested for calling for a nationwide #RevolutionNow protest movement

Omoyele Sowore was detained and charged under Nigeria's 2011 counter-terrorism law. He could face life imprisonment.

6 August 2019

Sentencing of Turkish social media influencer sparks debate on free speech

A Turkish Twitter celebrity is being sued for allegedly advocating drug consumption, reigniting the debate about online freedom of expression

5 August 2019

Ugandan feminist Stella Nyanzi deploys nude protest to challenge free speech sentence

Feminist scholar Stella Nyanzi, known for "radical rudeness" as protest, flashed her breasts and shouted obscenities in protest in court after receiving 9 more months in prison for cyber harassment.

19 July 2019

Netizen Report: In Nigeria and Russia, laws against online ‘insult’ put internet activists on thin ice

Activists in Nigeria and Russia face charges for "online insult", a Twitter campaign targets "anti-Pakistan" journalists abnd Mauritania’s internet is back on, for now.

17 July 2019

How Nigeria uses the law to repress free speech: The case of journalist Jones Abiri

Draconian legislation often used to arbitrarily detain journalists and dissenting voices exemplifies the precarious state of press freedom and free speech in Nigeria.

16 July 2019

Kremlin’s new law against ‘online disrespect’ proves hard to implement

The law allows courts to fine or jail people found guilty of making “insulting statements” towards the authorities online.

11 July 2019

Nigerian students face cybercrime charges for criticising their university online

A former staff member described Madonna University as a ''death trap''.

28 June 2019

What will it take to combat digital authoritarianism in Southeast Asia?

"Applied to the Philippines and the rest of Southeast Asia, digital authoritarianism refers to how the internet has been weaponized in aid of existing authoritarian regimes."

9 May 2019

Is Stella Nyanzi ‘weaponizing the vagina'? Ugandan feminist goes to court in free speech case

On her quest for good governance, Stella Nyanza is "unflinching in her criticism of the Ugandan government" and unafraid to tackle taboos around sex, gender and LGBT rights.

8 May 2019

Mauritanian blogger escaped the death penalty, but remains behind bars

Ould Mkhaitir was prosecuted for writing an article in which he criticised the role of religion in Mauritania’s caste system.

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