Stories about News

11 July 2014

Blocking Facebook: A Hot New Trend in Southeast Asia?

More and more governments in Southeast Asia are becoming aggressive in their efforts to block Facebook, especially during crisis moments. Netizens should respond by remaining vigilant.

11 June 2014

Malaysian PM Sues News Site for Libel

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is suing Malaysiakini website for libel over reader comments on two articles that paint Najib in a negative light.

4 June 2014

Moroccan Rapper Behind Bars While Justin Timberlake Performs A Few Miles Away

Activists have launched a campaign to free local rapper El-Haqed, who was arrested under what they say are trumped up charges, while the state sponsors Justin Timberlake and Alicia Keys.

13 May 2014

Security Forces Detain Leader of “SOS Venezuela” Campaign

Rodrigo Diamanti is the president and founder of “Un Mundo Sin Mordaza” (A World Without the Gag), the NGO behind the campaign “SOS Venezuela” and “Your voice is your power.”

12 April 2014

#FreeCiaxon: Detained Nigerian Twitter User Released

Yusuf Siyaka Onimisi was detained shortly after he posted a series of photos and eyewitness reports on an escape attempt by several members of the northern Nigeria-based Boko Haram.

11 April 2014

Cambodia’s Cyber Bill Undermines Internet Freedom From Every Angle

Cambodian netizens and human rights groups are speaking out against the government’s anti-cybercrime bill, which could lead to harsh penalties for online criticism, stricter Internet regulation, and social media censorship.

10 April 2014

#FreeCiaxon: Nigerian Netizen Missing After Reporting on Deadly Clashes

@Ciaxon was allegedly detained after tweeting his eyewitness account of a shootout between Boko Haram terrorism suspects and state security that left 20 dead.

5 March 2014

Sultan of Brunei Threatens Critics of Sharia Law

Brunei will implement Sharia laws next month, disappointing many citizens and human rights groups. The sultan warned critics of possible prosecution if they continue to 'insult' the country's leaders

23 February 2014

Walkie-Talkie App Zello Blocked in Venezuela

Authorities were monitoring protester communications over the mobile push-to-talk app Zello. Now, they're blocking it.

11 February 2014

February 11: Activists Say No to “Cyber Martial Law”, Digital Surveillance in Philippines

On Feburary 11, Filipino activists and netizen groups renewed their opposition to the anti-cybercrime law which they described as a "dangerous measure that would legitimize cyber martial law in the country."