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Stories about Arrest and Harassment

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.

4 May 2015

“We Cannot Trample Upon the Humanity of Others Without Devaluing Our Own”

The Zone9 bloggers' crime was that they dared to live out "Ubuntu". They promoted their community above individualistic concerns.

1 May 2015

To Be or Not to Be Anonymous: How Should Bloggers Decide?

This post was co-authored by Nani Jansen, legal director for the Media Legal Defence Initiative. Should you be anonymous online? If you were giving advice to a blogger, independent journalist, or online activist...

29 April 2015

Netizen Report: “When You Took Their Freedom, You Hurt Us All” #FreeZone9Bloggers

As we mark the anniversary of the arrest of our colleagues in Ethiopia, mobile signals drop amid protest in Guatemala and the US congress reconsiders "Aaron's Law".

28 April 2015

VIDEO: The World is Saying #FreeZone9Bloggers

Global Voices marks the one-year anniversary of the arrest of Ethiopia's Zone9 bloggers with this crowd-sourced this video of support. Say it with us: #FreeZone9Bloggers!

24 April 2015

A Year After Their Arrest, Ethiopia's Zone9 Bloggers Remain Strong and Determined

"It is eery the degree to which the bloggers seemed to anticipate their current fate."

“Take the Right Side in the Struggle of the Oppressed”: A Letter to John Kerry from Kilinto Prison, Ethiopia

In a letter to John Kerry, jailed Ethiopian blogger Natnael Feleke writes: "Because of the repressive regime, the Ethiopian constitution is powerless to protect citizens from being abused."

22 April 2015

Angola: Award-Winning Journalist Faces Trial Over ‘Blood Diamonds’ Investigation

Jonathan McCully contributed to this report. Last month, Rafael Marques de Morais was awarded the Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Award for Journalism for his “impactful, original, and unwavering investigative...

21 April 2015

Syrian Blogger Stabbed in His Istanbul Home After Receiving Threats Online

Threatened online by different Syrian factions, Global Voices author Asaad Hanna was last night stabbed four times in his home in Istanbul, Turkey. He is now recovering.

How Blogging is Held Hostage by Ethiopian Politics

"Why is there just a single—and poorly functioning—Internet service provider for Ethiopia’s 90 million people? We know better than to ask this of public officials."