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22 June 2015

How a Facebook User in Thailand Was Sentenced to 50 Years in Jail for ‘Defaming’ the Monarchy

"How can they arrest Father? Father didn’t kill anybody; the judgment is excessive."

20 May 2015

Verdict Delayed in Detained Iranian Artist Atena Farghadani's Trial

Atena Farghadani was arrested over a cartoon she drew that depicts Iran's members of parliament as animals voting on law that will restrict access to contraception and criminalise voluntary sterilisation.

9 May 2015

“Their Freedom is Their Right”: A Campaign for Prisoners of Conscience in the Arab World

Three human rights organizations launch a social media campaign to raise awareness about prisoners of conscience throughout the Arab World.

11 March 2015

#Pyrawebs: Online Activism Against Metadata Retention Bill in Paraguay

Paraguay is a democracy today, but a new data retention bill is reminding many citizens of the country's late twentieth-century dictatorship.

24 February 2015

The Dress Rehearsal for the Belarusian Crackdown

"Belaruskaya Pravda" chief editor Yuri Dubina says the recent crackdown in Belarus on independent online media is only "the dress rehearsal" before the presidential election this November.

17 January 2015

‘I Am Shuhrat': Tajiks Come to Jailed Lawyer's Defence on Facebook

Shuhrat Qudratov, a Tajik lawyer with a reputation for defending politically endangered clients, has been sentenced to nine years in prison on charges many citizens feel are bogus.

15 January 2015

Sketch Comic Faces Accusations of ‘Glorifying’ Terrorism in Spain

The day after the attack on Charlie Hebdo in France, a Spanish judge summoned satirist Facu Díaz for questioning about a satirical sketch broadcast on his online TV show.

13 January 2015

Fact-Checking the Hype Surrounding FireChat in Hong Kong's Protests

Pro-democracy protesters downloaded smartphone chat app FireChat in droves amid rumors of an Internet shutdown. In the rush to cover the phenomenon, media outlets got some things wrong.

12 January 2015

Intel Shuts Down Its Russian-Language Developer Forums

Intel's decision could create an important precedent, showing how easily new RuNet regulations spill into seemingly innocuous blogging activities.

Russia Investigates VKontakte User for Posting Ukraine-Related Content

Russian authorities are investigating a Yekaterinburg woman on charges of "inciting hatred and violence" for posting links to content about Ukrainian Euromaidan protests on the social network VKontakte.