Stories about Legal Threats from May, 2016

19 May 2016

Netizen Report: Two of Egypt’s Leading Human Rights Defenders Face Legal Challenge

Social media is back on in Uganda, but off in Iraq; a new tool helps Russians make friends (and target victims); and @Verdade reveals that Mozambique is conducting mass surveillance.

16 May 2016

Kenyan Blogger and Photographer Goes Missing

Before disappearing, he wrote on Facebook about how his arrest and 'terrorism suspect' label have destroyed his career and livelihood.

Ethiopian Blogger and Activist Sentenced to Five Years and Four Months

Ethiopia's state prosecutor conflated digital security training with terrorism. A local judge agreed.

10 May 2016

Russian Court Sentences Internet User to Two Years Behind Bars for VKontakte Reposts

A court in Tver region, Russia, has sentenced Internet user Andrey Bubeyev to two years and three months in prison on extremism charges for reposts on social network VKontakte.

Canadian Man Forced to Leave Nepal Over Controversial Tweets

Robert Penner, a Canadian man who currently finds himself mired in a controversy about a series of provocative tweets, left Nepal after the Supreme Court postponed his appeal hearing.

Uganda's Defiance Campaign Will Not Be Televised

"Hot on the heels of #WorldPressFreedomDay comes #UgandaMediaGag. Ironic"

9 May 2016

Iranian Blogger Hossein Ronaghi-Maleki Freed on Bail

"With every departure there is a return. Even when weak and ill we must stand and smile. We must go on..." writes Hossein Ronaghi-Maleki.

4 May 2016

‘I Was Forced to Drink My Own Urine’: ‘Freedom’ For Netizens After 647 Days Locked Up, But Not For All

Ethiopia's Federal High Court acquits two men who spent more than 600 days incarcerated on terrorism charges that critics allege were politically motivated. A third man was not so lucky.

Iranian Cartoonist Atena Farghadani Goes Free on World Press Freedom Day

On May 3, just in time for World Press Freedom Day, Iranian cartoonist Atena Farghadani was released from Evin Prison.