Month: August 2015

China Cracks Down on Internet Anti-Censorship Tools

China has further tightened its grip on the Internet by creating technical problems for the users of anti-censorship software. An estimated 630 million people – out of China’s 1.4 billion people – are online, but they must surf and engage with content within the so-called Great Firewall, one of the world’s most sophisticated censorship systems on the Internet. Ahead of…

The Bangladeshi Bloggers: List of Death

Four bloggers in Bangladesh have been killed and several were seriously injured this year alone by alleged Islamist extremists, in grisly murders that sparked debate in the Muslim-majority country over freedom of speech. While officially secular, government officials have weighed in, warning journalists not to “cross the limit” when it comes to offending one’s religion. Over 90 per cent of…

Vietnamese Blogger Released After Serving 2 Years in Prison for Criticising Government; Reboots Blog

51-year-old Vietnamese blogger, Truong Duy Nhat, was released in May after serving two years in prison over blog posts criticising the government for human rights abuses, Asian News reports. The blogger has followed his commitment to reboot his blog, only hours following his release, despite the fear of being arrested again. In order to minimize collision with authorities, he moved the host server out…

Wikipedia Briefly Banned in Russia for Drugs Post

Russia briefly banned Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia, after users edited a page about Indian hashish. The ban, which came from Roskomnadzor, the Kremlin’s media watchdog, lasted less than 24 hours, but sent alarm bells ringing around the global online community, who are already worried by Russia’s increasing limits on digital activity. The brief ban came after a court decision…

Social Networking Site Reddit Faces Trouble, Partial Ban in Russia

Reddit, the social networking and news site, has had a tumultuous week in Russia. In that small time frame the online billboard was banned, unbanned and introduced self-censorship. In opposition to a Reddit post, in Russian, on how to grow psilocybin (magic) mushrooms, Moscow banned the site for several days, saying promoting criminal activity, such as growing illegal drugs, violated…