Stories about Legal Threats from March, 2019

29 March 2019

#WelcomeHomeAlaa: Egyptian revolution activist Alaa Abd El Fattah released after five years in prison

Alaa was a leading voice among Egyptian bloggers and technology activists in Cairo approaching and during the Egyptian Revolution.

28 March 2019

Facebook comment about throwing an egg at Singapore minister triggers police probe

"To be honest, I don't feel much regret. I feel it's a matter of freedom of speech, and that we have a right to voice such opinions."

26 March 2019

Two years after completing his sentence, Emirati activist Osama al-Najjar remains in detention

Al-Najjar was arrested over tweets calling for the release of prisoners of conscience in the Emirates.

19 March 2019

‘Blood feud’ against Chechen blogger is the culmination of a months-long, unusually frank conversation about a buried past

Heated exchanges provide a rare glimpse into painful and conflicted issues that are burning hot in today’s Chechnya, ten years after the official conclusion of the Second Chechen War.

18 March 2019

Kazakhstan silences the Xinjiang megaphone

“I have one issue – and that issue is Xinjiang.”

15 March 2019

Teen theatre production banned by Russian authorities for promoting ‘non-traditional family relations’

Russia has recently passed a series of socially conservative laws targeting activists, advocacy groups and online media for anything that can be construed as "promoting homosexuality to minors."

14 March 2019

Scheduled release of Egyptian activist Alaa Abd El Fattah delayed by 10 days

The #FreeAlaa campaign reassured supporters that the delay is not a cause for concern for now.

Charged with ‘instigating crimes’, journalist Luis Carlos Diaz is released in Venezuela

The Global Voices community is relieved that our colleague is safe and with his family.

12 March 2019

Journalist and human rights defender Luis Carlos Díaz detained by state security in Venezuela

After hours of silence from the authorities, Díaz was confirmed to be detained by the Bolivarian Intelligence Police (SEBIN).

4 March 2019

Photojournalist Mahmoud ‘Shawkan’ Abu Zeid walks free, after more than five years in prison

Shawkan, who was working for Demotix at the time of his arrest, spent almost four years in pre-trial detention.

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