Month: July 2015

Malaysia Blocks a London-Based News Website for Revealing Corruption Allegations Against Prime Minister

There are great concerns for the future of freedom of expression in Malaysia, where the government has blocked access to the popular news website Sarawak Report. According to Channel News Asia, the site became unaccessible from Malaysia following a series of publications highly critical of the Malaysian Government. The Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) verified that it had blocked access to the news website, claiming…

17-Year-Old Singaporean Blogger Amos Yee Jailed for Posting Offensive Content Online

Amos Yee, a teenage blogger and a YouTube personality from Singapore, was sentenced to 4 weeks imprisonment for posting offensive content online. The affair started in March 2015, when Yee posted a video on YouTube titled: “Lee Kuan Yew Is Finally Dead!”, criticising the former Prime Minister of Singapore, who had died only a few days earlier. Yee made a…

Iran Denies Restricting Access to Telegram over “Immoral” Stickers

Internet control in Iran has allegedly reached new levels, as the access to the encrypted communication app Telegram has been severely restricted over what Iranian officials called “immoral” stickers embedded in the app. “Stickers” are small illustrations, similar to emoticons, used in messages to express moods. On June 29, Telegram posted a statement on Twitter, admitting that the app has been facing traffic problems in Iran,…

Saudis Sentence Pakistani to Prison and 1,000 Lashes Over Yemen Airstrikes Criticism

Zaid Hamid, a controversial Pakistani political analyst and a blogger, has been reported to be sentenced to prison and 1,000 lashes in Saudi Arabia. Sporting a cropped white beard and often crowned with a turban, Hamid is a vocal supporter of ISI, Pakistan’s powerful intelligence agency. In his native Pakistan, Hamid is a regular on TV shows, where he has…