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Four places where social media could land you in jail

Four places where social media could land you in jail

Facebook has nearly 1.2 billion monthly active users –that’s nearly 20% of the total global population. Yet, in some countries harsh sanctions and time in jail can be imposed on those who comment on social media, in the majority of cases for speaking out against their government.

Index on Censorship Student Blogging Competition

Index on Censorship Student Blogging Competition

Think you have what it takes to be published by Index on Censorship? Here's your chance to find out. Enter our student blogging competition! To enter the competition, submit your piece with your name, university, course and year of study, to competiton@indexoncensorship.org

Egypt: Case of hunger striking blogger adjourned again

The retrial of Egyptian blogger Maikel Nabil was postponed again on Sunday. The case, which was originally due to be heard on November 1, has been pushed back to December 4. Nabil was detained for accusing the military of having conducted virginity tests on female protesters on March 28. In April,

Maldives: Government shuts down blog in climate of growing religious intolerance

The Maldivan government has ordered a ban on the blog of a freelance writer on the grounds it contained anti-Islamic material. The blog (www.hilath.com), run by independent journalist Ismail Khilath “Hilath” Rasheed, has been banned by the Communications Authority, and is said to be highly critical of religious fundamentalism. The blogger believes

International rights groups condemn unfair trial of UAE 5

International rights groups condemn unfair trial of UAE 5

Index on Censorship and six other international rights groups call for the five activists known as the UAE 5 to be released from detention and the charges against them to be dropped

Bahrain: Court upholds lengthy prison sentences for journalists

The lengthy prison sentences of two journalists have been upheld in Bahrain. Journalistic bloggers Abduljalil Alsingace and Ali Abdel Imam were sentenced in June on a series of charges related to “plotting to topple” the regime, along with 19 other people. The court upheld the life sentence for Alsingace and the 15

Russia: Bill for stricter responsibility for online libel drafted

A new bill introducing stricter responsibility for online libel has been proposed by the head of United Russia political party. Alexander Mikhelson has introduced legislation on creating and spreading false information via the internet following online rumours that governor of the Kemerovo region, Aman Tuleyeve, was found dead. Elsewhere in Russia, businessman

Vietnam: Dissident jailed for three years for subversion

A Vietnamese court today sentenced French-Vietnamese activist Pham Minh Hoang to three years in prison on subversion charges for “carrying out activities aimed at overthrowing the people’s administration.” Authorities say he posted several anti-government articles online, and had ties to Viet Tan, a pro-democracy group that is banned in Vietnam. 

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