Stories about Threatened Voices

13 November 2014

UPDATE: Gambian Blogger Released As Outrage Escalates

Jaw was released as students planned mass demonstrations to demand his freedom. The arrest of the young blogger and activist attracted substantial condemnation on social media.

10 November 2014

Blogger and Women's Rights Activist Detained in The Gambia

Gambian authorities have neither confirmed nor denied arresting Sait Matty Jaw. Supporters are rallying on Facebook at the Free Sait Matty Jaw page.

7 November 2014

Mexico: Shots Fired at Transparency Expert on University Campus

Violence continues unabated in Mexico: Ernesto Villanueva, a lawyer specializing in transparency and freedom of expression, was attacked by a gunman on a university campus.

31 October 2014

Myanmar Reporter Detained by the Military, then Killed

More than a thousand people gathered in Myanmar's capital to call for an investigation into the death of a journalist who supporters allege was tortured and killed by the army.

30 October 2014

Human Rights Activist Iyad El-Baghdadi Speaks Out on His Deportation from UAE

Iyad El-Baghdadi, who played a key role in social media activism around the Arab uprisings, was deported from the UAE April. Until last week, little was known of his fate.

22 October 2014

Netizen Report: Social Media Users Silenced by Arrest, Assassination

This week, Tweeps are under threat (and worse) in Latin America and Turkey, China’s anti-rumor campaign continues, and the secret about Whisper (it's not that safe) is out.

Authorities Are Abusing Hong Kong’s Computer Crimes Law to Stifle Protests

Since the beginning of the Umbrella Revolution, more than a dozen netizens in Hong Kong have been arrested and charged with "access to computer with criminal or dishonest intent."

Venezuela: Twitter Users Detained After Socialist Party Deputy is Slain

Numerous Twitter users have been detained by Venezuelan police in recent weeks, all on accusations linking them to the assassination of Socialist Party Deputy Robert Serra.

17 October 2014

Citizen Journalist Kidnapped and Killed in Mexico for Reporting on Organized Crime

María del Rosario Fuentes Rubio volunteered as a contributor with Valor por Tamaulipas (Courage for Tamaulipas), a citizen media platform that allows users to file anonymous reports on violence.

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."