Stories about Legal Threats

19 April 2017

Russian Math Instructor Faces Criminal Charges for Online Posts He Says He Didn't Write

The arrest of a Moscow math instructor has raised questions about the safety of using internet anonymizers in Russia.

17 April 2017

Ugandan Academic and Sanitary Pad Campaign Leader Faces Criminal Charges For ‘Computer Misuse’

Nyanzi's story has become a rallying opportunity for Ugandans who oppose the Musveni government.

13 April 2017

Netizen Report: Censorship Spikes After Venezuela’s ‘Self-Inflicted Coup’

Venezuelan journalists face rising threats amid protests, Russia blocks Zello, and Southeast Asian lawmakers use ‘fake news’ fears to justify censorship.

7 April 2017

News Website Cameraman Arrested While Broadcasting Protests in Venezuela

"Almost 30,000 people were watching the VPITV broadcast on YouTube when the Bolivarian National Police took the cameraman."

3 April 2017

Criminal Case Against Indian Poet Provokes Controversy Over Speech Rights

The poem was posted on Facebook on World Poetry Day — but its verses were not welcomed by everyone.

A Brazilian Judge Demands a Blogger's Sources, Testing the Limits of Media Freedom

Judge Sergio Moro later reversed his decision, but the action highlighted the weakness of the legal protection mechanisms of citizen journalists in Brazil.

28 March 2017

Iranians See Arrests and Intimidation of Telegram Administrators and Journalists Ahead of the Elections

Revolutionary Guards have previously attempted to limit Telegram's free flow of information with arrests for immoral or obscene content. This is the first time crackdowns have focused on political affiliation.

21 March 2017

UAE Authorities Arrest One Rights Activist and Extend the Detention of Another

On 20 March police arrested human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor from his home. Meanwhile, UAE authorities have refused to release Osama al-Najjar, despite him having served out his prison sentence.

18 March 2017

Brazilian Facebook User Prosecuted for Posting a Joke About a Politician

The administrator was prosecuted not for defamation, but rather for violating Brazil's anonymity laws.

16 March 2017

Netizen Report: Azerbaijani Bloggers Targeted with Legal Threats, Spearphishing

Censorship is up in France, China is censoring scientists (again), and Facebook tells developers to stop using network data for surveillance.

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