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Egyptian government must release Alaa Abd El Fattah

Electronic Frontier Foundation’s civil society statement condemns the Egyptian government's detention of bloggers, including Alaa Abd El Fattah, and calls for their immediate release

Five activists punished by their governments for speaking out

Five activists punished by their governments for speaking out

Activists are continually harassed and punished for standing up and speaking out about social and political issues they feel are unjust in their country. Here are five activists whose government didn’t quite like what they had to say.   Raif Badawi- Saudi blogger punished after calling for ‘day of liberalism’

Libel tourism: Blogger sued in the UK by Tanzanian media tycoon wins case

A blogger sued for libel by a Tanzanian media tycoon won her case today (30 November). At the High Court in London, Mr Justice Bean ruled in favour of  Sarah Hermitage, who used her Silverdale Farm blog to criticise Reginald Mengi, Executive Chairman of IPP Ltd — a company with significant

Iranian blogger detained for criticising regime dies in custody

Iranian blogger Sattar Beheshti was allegedly tortured to death in a prison in Tehran on Thursday (8 November). Beheshti, 35 was arrested on 28 October by Iranian police on charges of “actions against national security on social networks and Facebook.” The human rights defender had received death threats as a result of

Kuwait: Blogger sentenced to ten years in prison

A Kuwaiti blogger has been sentence to ten years in prison and fined 1000 Kuwaiti dinars for “insulting the Prince and his powers” in poems uploaded on YouTube. Lawrence al-Rashidi was initially accused of “spreading false news and rumors about the situation in the country”  and “calling on tribes to confront the ruling regime,

Jordan: Blogger hospitalised after stabbing

A young Jordanian blogger is recovering in hospital after being stabbed on Sunday evening. Enas Musallam, 21, was stabbed in the stomach by a hooded man at around 7pm in Darat Al Funun. The man then held the knife to the blogger’s throat and said “next time it will be

Burma: Journalists, freelancers, and blogger freed under amnesty

A number of journalists and bloggers have been released from prison under amnesty in Burma. Hla Hla Win, Ngwe Soe Lin, Win Maw, Sithu Zeya from exile radio and TV station Democratic Voice of Burma, freelance journalists Thant Zin Aung and Zaw Thet Htwe and the blogger Nay Phone Latt have all been released. Throughout their imprisonment, DVB ran the

Cuba: Blogger appeals to Brazilian president for help to leave island

Dissident Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez has appealed to Brazil’s president to help her leave the Caribbean island. A strong critic of the country’s Communist regime, Sánchez has been accused by authorities of conducting a “cyberwar” against the government. Sánchez’s video appeal to Dilma Rousseff follows her invitation to Brazil to attend the screening of a documentary about press freedom

Syria: Detained blogger Razan released

Detained Syrian blogger Razan Ghazzawi was released on bail yesterday. Razan was arrested at the at the Syrian border with Jordan on December 5, and was released by authorities after spending 15 days in prison. The blogger’s sister, Nadine, tweeted the details of her freedom: “It’s raining Razans… hallelujah :)))))))) <3 It’s official,

Syria : Detained blogger Razan charged

US born Syrian blogger Razan Ghazzawi has been charged by authorities following her arrest eight days ago. Razan was arrested by Syrian officials at the country’s border with Jordan border whilst attempting to attend a conference for advocates of free press in the Arab world in Amman, Jordan. The blogger has been charged with “establishing an

Egypt: Jailed blogger Alaa to be tried in civilian court

The case of prominent Egyptian blogger and activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah is to be be tried in a civilian court, it has been reported. Egyptian authorities are said to have transferred the case state security prosecutors to investigative judges, which opens up the possibility of a trial in a civilian criminal court with the

Thailand: US blogger jailed for insulting king

A blogger has been jailed for two and a half years after posting excerpts of a biography online deemed offensive to the Thai monarchy. Joe Gordon, a Colorado resident who was born in Thailand, translated excerpts of a locally banned biography of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, and posted them on his US blog. Gordon pleaded guilty

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