October 11, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab was charged on Thursday with insulting the ministries of defense and interior over his tweets that alleged Bahrain's security institutions were the first incubators for extremist ideology. Without naming Rajab, the public prosecution statement ordered ...[read more]
October 8, 2014
by William Helbling
The social media company Twitter filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against both the FBI (FBI) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) seeking more information about government surveillance. Twitter is seeking to publish what they call a "transparency report" in order to inform their users about US government ...[read more]
September 15, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Prominent Egyptian blogger and activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah, was released on bail Monday as he faces retrial for organizing an unauthorized protest. Abdel-Fattah's lawyer said his client was released on bail of 5,000 Egyptian pounds (USD $714) and that he and two other activists will leave prison ...[read more]
September 5, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Independent UN rights experts on Friday called on the government of Bahrain to release human rights activist Maryam Al-Khawaja due to the absence of evidence against her. Al-Khawaja was arrested in August upon her return to Bahrain and was charged with insulting the king and assaulting police ...[read more]
July 23, 2014
by Peter Snyder
Kuwait's Supreme Court on Monday upheld a 10-year jail sentence for a man accused of posting Tweets that insulted the Prophet Mohammed and the Sunni Muslim rulers of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Hamad al-Naqi, a 24-year-old member of Kuwait's Shiite minority, was also found guilty of spreading false ...[read more]
July 20, 2014
by William Helbling
An Egyptian court on Sunday reduced the sentence of the prominent activist Mahienour El-Masry from two years to six months, and fined her LE50,000 (USD $7,000), for violating Egypt's protest law. El-Masry was found guilty of violating Egypt's protest law after being arrested for protesting during ...[read more]
June 15, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Kuwait's Supreme Court on Sunday upheld the two-year jail sentence of an opposition online activist for writing tweets found to be offensive to the country's Emir. After the ruling, activist Hejab Al Hajeri said on his Twitter account that his "determination is bigger than their jail." Al Hajeri, ...[read more]
June 12, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced a prominent activist from the 2011 revolution to 15 years in prison for organizing an unsanctioned protest and assaulting a police officer last year. Activist and blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah was forced to wait outside of a courtroom at Cairo's Torah Prison ...[read more]
May 31, 2014
by William Helbling
The Constitutional Court of Turkey on Tuesday ruled that a previous decision to ban Youtube violated users' freedom of speech rights. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had imposed the ban on YouTube and Twitter after illicit recordings of top security talks were posted on YouTube and distributed ...[read more]
May 28, 2014
by Addison Morris
Authorities in Ecuador on Tuesday announced, via Twitter, the issuance of an arrest warrant for former president Jamil Mahuad on the grounds that he allegedly misappropriated public funds during the late 1990s. Interior Minister Jose Serrano stated that a "red notice" had been issued by Interpol ... ...[read more]

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