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28 August 2016

Lawsuit Over Facebook Post Raises Fears of Online Censorship in Bhutan

The suit against Zam revolves a family that is fighting a property dispute against well-connected business man Ap Sonam Phuntsho, who is also father-in-law to the Chief Justice of Bhutan.

12 July 2016

Imprisoned in Iran for Posting Jokes on Facebook, A Computer Engineer Awaits His Appeal Verdict

Political prisoners in Iran are routinely singled out for harsh treatment, which often includes denial of medical care.

7 July 2016

Tax Evasion or Political Journalism? Private Newspaper’s Battle With Zambian Government Continues

Unpaid taxes, arrests, alleged police brutality and upcoming elections have convoluted public perspective on whether Zambia's main independent newspaper should be allowed to remain operational.

Swastikas and Porn or: How Russian Cops Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Internet Crackdown

According to a Rostov court, Detective Eliseev wanted to advance his career and win bonus pay by faking “time-consuming inspection work” and framing a man for extremism.

29 June 2016

Zanoza.kg: Rising from the Wreckage of Kyrgyzstan's Largest Russian-Language Newspaper

"The information war in Kyrgyzstan is a part of the broader global information war. It has always been and always will be."

27 June 2016

Tanzanian Prosecuted For “Insulting” the President on WhatsApp

Mulokozi is the latest victim of Tanzania's relatively new Cybercrime Law, which attempts to address issues such as child pornography, cyberbullying, online impersonation, and the publication of false information.

24 June 2016

As Election Day Approaches, Zambia's Largest Independent Newspaper Shut Down by Tax Authority

"The government itself owes contractors, food suppliers, stationery suppliers, pensioners, utility companies, and civil servants and nobody, NOBODY, has shut them down...."

21 June 2016

National Bank of Kenya Takes Blogger to Court for “Defamatory” Blog Posts

The bank took Cyprian Nyakundi to court following a series of critical stories. Nyakundi calls himself a "Kenyan-based blogger who has an interest in politics, governance, corporate-fraud and human-interest stories."

20 June 2016

Tanzanian Musician and Activist Maembe Vitali Arrested and Released

"You are not a soldier, you are not a rebel, they should understand that you are just a fighter... Yes, a fighter of a noble cause."

17 June 2016

Hong Kong Bookseller Says He Was Forced to Confess on TV During Eight-Month Detention in China

"This is not just my personal matter or Causeway Bay Books, this is about the human rights of Hong Kong people."

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