Stories about Legal Threats

From counterterrorism to counter-COVID-19, governments use crises to impose continuous states of emergency in the Middle East

Fighting terrorism used to be the umbrella under which states of emergency were justified in the Middle East. Now, COVID 19 serves as a new justification for sweeping powers. 

Tunisia has a disinformation problem, but (further) criminalizing speech won't solve it

Following outcry from human rights groups and citizens, a controversial bill that sought to criminalize the spread of ‘’fake news’’ online was quickly withdrawn.  

Serbian government revokes controversial COVID-19-related decree used as pretext to arrests journalists

Public outcry after arrest of journalist embarrassed the Serbian government, which revoked its decree aimed at centralizing flow of information about COVID-19 epidemic.

Outrage as Zimbabwe’s military declares social media a ‘dangerous threat’

The military's declaration that social media is a "dangerous threat" has angered Zimbabweans concerned over the increasing deterioration of freedom of expression in the country.

Groundswell of support to free Julian Assange around February extradition hearing

"Don’t be fooled: Julian Assange is a journalist, not a hacker, and the US wants to make his work—national security journalism—a crime"

What lies ahead for the RuNet in 2020?

Interview with Alexander Isavnin, a researcher at the Internet Protection Society, on the Russian government's next steps to regulate and control cyberspace.

Nigeria's social media bill will obliterate online freedom of expression

The proposed social media bill will annihilate online freedom of expression, criminalize criticism of the government and legalize internet shutdowns in Nigeria.

Activists in Angola continue to face repression for online and offline activities

Online activists in Angola risk tough reactions from authorities, particularly when their activities are connected to offline activism.

Angolan president's reforms drive positive impact on media — but limits persist

Under Angola's former regime, JES, prosecutions of activists and journalists were common. In 2017, João Lourenço (“JLO”) succeeded JES and journalists began to see reforms to press freedoms. But is it...

Nigerian journalist under threat of arrest for exposé of police and prison corruption

The intimidation of journalist 'Fisayo Soyombo exemplifies the precarious state of press freedom and free speech in Nigeria.

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