Nigeria: Cybercrime Law threatens Press freedom, Internet freedom

No one is safe from prosecution under Nigeria’s  laws criminalizing free speech, said YARPTI.  Nigerian  authorities  are  subjecting  bloggers,activists and journalists  to trials for exercising their right to freedom of speech.Nigerian authorities have used the accusation of cyber stalking to harass and press charges against online critics. Cyber stalking, which falls under Section 24 of the act, carries a fine […]

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UAE: Academic Facing Speech Charges

Nasser bin Ghaith Has Spent 18 months in Pre-Trial Detention An Emirati academic facing charges that include his peaceful criticism of the Egyptian and Emirati authorities will have spent more than 18 months in detention by the time the next session of his trial takes place on February 22, 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. Nasser bin Ghaith spent nine […]

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Saudi Arabia: Intensified Repression of Writers, Activists

Saudi Arabia has stepped up arrests, prosecutions, and convictions of peaceful dissident writers and human rights advocates in 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. In January, a Saudi court sentenced two prominent activists to long jail terms, accusing them of being in contact with international media and human rights organizations. The authorities jailed two others, one of whom remains in […]

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Cameroon: ARTICLE 19 condemns internet shut down

ARTICLE 19 strongly condemns the ongoing Internet shut downs in North West and South West regions of Cameroon. The shutdowns came in response to protests by Anglophone citizens, unsatisfied with what they believe is bias by the government in favor of Francophone Cameroonians. “Cutting off Internet access for specific groups or areas deprives people of an essential tool for civic […]

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TWEETING IS NOT A CRIME

Support human rights defenders, share their tweets … Freedom of speech is a right and a fundamental tool in the defense of human rights. Many governments continue to trample on this right. They use methods such as censuring, threats and even imprisonment to silence human rights defenders. Just when social networks are becoming a platform for those who defend freedoms, […]

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North Korea: Celebrations Hide Human Rights Violations

(Seoul) – January 8 celebrations planned for the 33rd birthday of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un only spotlight the daily reality of terrible human rights abuses North Koreans face, Human Rights Watch said today. The annual celebrations are filled with obligatory songs, dances, and praise for the Kim family’s notoriously brutal rule. “Kim Jong-Un rules based on fear and repression, […]

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