· June, 2015

Stories about Threatened Voices from June, 2015

Jailed in Singapore For Criticizing a Former Prime Minister, But Still Blogging

"Everyday my cellmates would eagerly wait for that light to dissipate, knowing that another day has passed, and they’re one day closer to attaining their freedom."

Abel Wabela: “To Fight Bystander Apathy…This is My Mission as a Human”

"Warnings, intimidations, arrest and torture have not stopped me from exercising my free speech rights," says Abel Wabela, one of Ethiopia's Zone9 bloggers who have been jailed since April 2014.

Netizen Report: UK Spied on Human Rights Organizations in Egypt, South Africa

The UAE lays down new, rigid prohibitions against foul language on WhatsApp, Russians assess the Kremlin's version of the "Right to Be Forgotten", and Bing hops on the encryption train.

Arrested for Criticizing a Former Prime Minister, Singaporean Teen Blogger Amos Yee is Now Being Evaluated for Autism

Amos Yee was arrested last March after he uploaded a YouTube video criticizing Lee Kuan Yew. After several rounds of court hearings, authorities have decided to evaluate Yee for autism.

An Official White House Visit to Ethiopia? Africans Tell Obama ‘Don't Do It!’

Despite recent elections that swept the one opposition member from parliament, US President Barack Obama is planning a visit to Ethiopia.

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Long After the African Union’s Golden Jubilee: A Letter to Jailed Blogger Natnael Feleke

"I think of your particular fate and wonder how any of us who are free continue to go about our lives as if there’s nothing to lose."

Singaporean Teenage Video Blogger Sent to ‘Rehabilitation’ For Offensive YouTube Video

According to Amnesty International, the 16-year old Amos Yee is the youngest prisoner of conscience in the world today.

Kenyan Blogger Bogonko Bosire is Still Missing, Nearly Two Years After His Disappearance

Controversial Kenyan blogger Bogonko Bosire went missing two years ago. Kenyans have revived his search with the hashtag #WhereIsBogonkoBosire.

Netizen Report: Indian Blogger Stuck Between Dubious Copyright Claim and Lousy Local Law

Internet access is decimated by war in Yemen, Hong Kong activists face arrest over alleged computer crime violations, and Snowden docs travel panda-to-panda in a new work by Ai Wei...

Hong Kong Social Media Activists Under Fire as Key Electoral Policy Vote Approaches

Local legal experts suspect that authorities are exploiting Hong Kong's cybercrime laws in an effort to suppress political speech online.

Befeqadu Hailu: An Ethiopian Writer Who Refused to Remain Silent

In the words of Wole Soyinka, “books and all forms of writing are terror to those who wish to suppress the truth.” Befequadu is in jail because he writes.

‘Writing Code Is Not a Crime': Jailed Iranian Web Developer Saeed Malekpour Turns 40

"It is not justice to keep a talented software engineer in jail just because the software he developed was used by others for reasons deemed illegal by the Iranian government."

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