Stories about Legal Threats from May, 2017

30 May 2017

Police Threaten Maldivian Bloggers Abroad With Arrest Over Twitter

Four independent Maldivian bloggers and activists living overseas have been issued arrest warrants by police over the past week. Apparently, they were targeted because they promote secularism or secularists.

29 May 2017

When Journalists Are Attacked, Macedonian Authorities Are Dangerously Slow to Act

Some media workers who were targeted during mob violence at Macedonia's parliament in April haven't filed reports with police because they don't believe anything will come of them.

26 May 2017

Ethiopian Protester Sentenced to Six Years Behind Bars for Facebook Posts

The 30-year-old activist has been an outspoken opponent of government’s violent response to the popular protest movement. And he is not alone.

25 May 2017

Iraqi Parliament Slammed for Bill Restricting Free Speech, Right to Protest

Instead of working to ensure stronger protections for freedoms, the Iraqi parliament is rather seeking to pass a repressive law.

22 May 2017

Malaysian Editors Face Cybercrime Charges for Posting a Video that Criticized Attorney General

In the video, which was taken during a press briefing, a former member of the ruling party called for the resignation of the attorney general.

Panic Over Russian Online Suicide Game Sparks ‘Whale Hunt’ in China

Pro-government groups are waging a campaign against the game, and internet censors have predictably gone into overdrive.

18 May 2017

Netizen Report: Chelsea Manning and the Power of Transparency

This week, Chelsea Manning was finally released from prison, Ukraine censored Russian web platforms and Thailand threatened legal action against Facebook.

11 May 2017

Netizen Report: Draft Laws in Egypt Could Lock Down Social Media

As Egypt's parliament pushes to further restrict expression, Turkey blocks Wikipedia, Russia blocks WeChat, and the UK can't seem to stop snooping.

3 May 2017

‘We Told You So': Australian Federal Police Accessed Journalist's Phone Records Illegally

Australian police have breached the law by accessing a journalist's phone records without a warrant in order to trace a leak.