April 13, 2015
by Peter Snyder
A Turkish court in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir on Monday acquitted a Dutch journalist accused of producing propaganda materials on behalf of a Kurdish rebel group. Freelance journalist Frederike Geerdink was charged with disseminating "terrorist propaganda" after she made a series of ...[read more]
April 6, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
A spokesperson for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday that a prosecutor ordered Internet providers to block social networking sites including Twitter and YouTube. The order stems from photos posted on the social media sites that show militant Marxists pointing a gun at a prosecutor ...[read more]
March 26, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
Armed groups in Libya are deliberately attacking human rights defenders, according to a UN report released Wednesday. Attacks have increased since fighting escalated in May 2014 and have been documented in a joint report by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the Office of the High ...[read more]
March 24, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
India's Supreme Court struck down a law on Tuesday that gave authorities the power to jail people for offensive online posts. Bloggers, writers and rights groups challenged India's Information and Technology Act after arrests were made across the country for statements posted on social media. "The ...[read more]
February 10, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
British lawmakers stated in a report on Monday that the country needs to take action against a rise in anti-Semitism throughout the country. The All-Party Parliamentary found in particular that there has been a growth of "cyber hate" on various social media websites against the Jewish people. Last ...[read more]
February 3, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
A Syrian rebel fighter was charged in Sweden Monday with war crimes for abusing a member of Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces. The assault on the representative of Assad's forces was not only carried out by this individual but also by other members of the Free Syrian Army. The suspect was ...[read more]
January 23, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
A criminal court in Paris convicted three people of hate crimes on Tuesday for tweeting homophobic messages on the social media site Twitter. The offenders received fines between 300 and 500 euros for inciting anti-gay sentiments by creating hashtags with messages such as "let's burn the gays," ...[read more]
December 2, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases on Monday. In Elonis v. United States the court considered whether a conviction of threatening another person over interstate lines under 18 USC § 875(c) requires proof that the defendant maintained subjective intent to threaten, or if it ...[read more]
October 28, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
A court in Saudi Arabia on Monday sentenced three lawyers to between five and eight years in prison for criticizing the justice system on the social networking website Twitter by accusing authorities of carrying out arbitrary detentions. The Saudi Press Agency reported that the lawyers were each ...[read more]
October 15, 2014
by William Helbling
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on Tuesday condemned the targeted attacks on human rights groups and activists by armed groups in Libya. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein has received reports of intimidation, abductions, murders and harassment. Due ...[read more]

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