· October, 2015

Stories about Threatened Voices from October, 2015

Bangladesh Book Publishers Suffer Fatal Attacks in Wake of Blogger Killings

Both publishers had ties with Bangladeshi-American blogger and author Avijit Roy, who was attacked and killed in February 2015.

Iranian Student Held Without Charge, Pressured to Make False Confession

"Judicial officials...should not arrest youths and pass heavy judgments against them every time they criticize. My son should be sitting in class and studying right now.”

Free Alaa Campaign Takes Social Media by Storm on the First Anniversary of His Imprisonment

Alaa Abd El Fattah has spent a year behind bars for his activism. Netizens are calling for his freedom on the first anniversary of his imprisonment.

‘Our Detention Tells a Broader Story About Our Country': Reflections From Ethiopia's Zone9 Bloggers

"To our incarcerators who gave us those ordeals, even if you are not asking us for forgiveness, here we are."

Two Tanzanians Accused of Posting ‘False Information’ Face Charges Under New Cybercrime Law

According to the state, both men have violated Section 16 of Cybercrimes Act, which prohibits "publication of false information." Little more is currently known about their cases.

Global Voices Welcomes the Release of Zone9 Bloggers, Pledges to Keep Fighting for Free Expression in Ethiopia

"Supporters have built incredible momentum around the #FreeZone9Bloggers hashtag. Let's use this to keep moving forward, pushing to protect human rights in Ethiopia and around the world."

Ethiopia's Zone9 Bloggers Acquitted of Terror Charges

Many supporters on Twitter put words like "acquittal", "court" and "judiciary" in quotation marks to emphasize the degree to which the case exposed Ethiopia's failed judicial system.

Myanmar Activist Faces 5 Years in Jail for Facebook Post Mocking Army Uniform

The Facebook post compared the color of the army's new uniform to a traditional dress worn by opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

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Egyptian Facebook User Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Putting Mickey Mouse Ears on Sisi

Egyptian Facebook user Amr Nohan has been sentenced to three years in prison by a military court for adding Mickey Mouse ears to President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi's image.

Stopped and Frisked by Facebook: ‘Real Name’ Policy Puts Speech Before Privacy

Facebook has a long way to go before they can fully appreciate the responsibility they carry when they decide to dictate what and who is "real" in the world.

Kabul Taxi is Blocked on Facebook. Long Live Kabul Taxi!

Facebook and the government of Afghanistan combined to put the breaks on a popular online vehicle for political satire. But public demand for more is insatiable.

Open Letter: Facebook Must Change its Broken “Real Name” Policy

"Facebook maintains a system that disregards the circumstances of users in countries with low Internet connectivity, exposes its users to danger, and curtails free speech."

Fears for Imprisoned Syrian Bassel Khartabil, Transferred to an Unknown Location

Activists are calling upon the Syrian government to immediately release imprisoned Syrian-Palestinian blogger Bassel Khartabil (Safadi) after he was moved from his prison to an unknown location earlier today.

Indonesian Student Detained Under Cyber Law for Police Extortion Video

"Is defamation the reason for Adlun's arrest or was he arrested for revealing facts about police [behavior]?"

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