Stories about Arrest and Harassment

15 October 2014

Journal from an Ethiopian Prison: The Maekelawi Ceremony

"We could not carry on surviving the hell of Maekelawi. We ended up telling our interrogators what they wanted to hear."

14 October 2014

Journal from an Ethiopian Prison: Testimony of Befeqadu Hailu

Original testimony from Befeqadu Hailu, one of four Global Voices members currently jailed in Ethiopia.

6 October 2014

#FreeSaeed: An Iranian Web Developer's Sixth Year in Prison

Saeed Malekpour was originally sentenced to death as a "corrupter of the earth" for his open source software that others used to download pornographic images.

2 October 2014

Russian Court Sentences 23-Year-Old Woman to 2 Years for Torrenting Porn

In court, the accused denied that she knew she was also sharing porn while she downloaded the films, but prosecutors say she admitted this knowledge when they seized her computer.

Bahrain's Prominent Human Rights Activist Arrested for Criticizing Police Defectors Who Joined ISIS

Bahrain's most prominent human rights defender Nabeel Rajab is back in jail for his tweets, for the third time.

25 September 2014

China Sentences Peaceful Uyghur Scholar Ilham Tohti to Life in Prison

"I scream for our ethnic group, but I scream louder for China," Ilham Tohti said through his lawyer.

23 September 2014

In Crimea, No Room for Blogger Liza Bogutskaya And Her Pro-Ukrainian Views

Liza Bogutskaya's outspokenness against what she sees as Russia's illegal occupation of Crimea has made her a favorite of pro-Ukrainians online and an enemy of the Russian state in Crimea.

15 September 2014

Egyptian Blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah Released on Bail

Prominent Egyptian activist and blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah was released on bail today but the road to justice is a long and bumpy one, says netizens.

12 September 2014

Global Voices’ Alexander Sodiqov Is Safe With His Family in Toronto, Canada

The wait is over. Alexander Sodiqov and family are back in Toronto after the Tajik government assented to a formal request to allow him to continue his academic work there.

9 September 2014

Student in Kerala, India Arrested for Insulting National Anthem

Salman Zalman, a philosophy student and an activist from Kerala, was charged with sedition for his Facebook activities, and for allegedly "disrespecting" the Indian national anthem.