Category : cybercrime

African convention on cybercrimes could silence free speech online

The African Union Convention on Cybersecurity could be amended after suggestions it will limit freedom of expression online

Four arrested in Bahrain for “social media abuse”

The Bahrain Interior Ministry announced the arrest of four people for defaming public figures on social media today (17 October), with authorities still searching for a fifth. The Acting General Director of Anti-Corruption, Electronic and Economic Security said that the suspects confessed to their crime, which could result in a jail sentence of up to […]

Bahrain activists’ trouble with trolls

On 5 May the Bahraini regime arrested prominent human rights activist and 2012 Index award winner Nabeel Rajab for inciting violence on social networking sites. This is the second time Rajab has been arrested for so-called “cyber crimes”, and last year the regime accused him of publishing false information on Twitter. These attacks on free speech illustrate how […]