Month: August 2016

Kenya: Blogger Arrested Second Time Over Facebook Posts

Vincent Osumo, a prominent Kenyan blogger known as General Osumo, was arrested for the second time over Facebook posts alleged to be ‘illegal publication‘. Osumo was arrested in May earlier this year under unclear circumstances, which stirred a public outcry on social media. The blogger was released the following day, but arrested again in July over critical comments that he published against MP Moses…

Bahrain: Nabeel Rajab Facing Trial Over Tweets; Hearing Postponed to September 5, 2016

Nabeel Rajab, a 51-year-old prominent Bahraini opposition leader and the president of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, is facing trial over criticising Saudi involvement in Yemen on Twitter. Rajab was charged with “insulting a statutory body” and “spreading rumours during wartime”. If convicted, he is facing up to 15 years in prison under Bahrain’s penal code. Rajab was first arrested over the tweets in April 2015 and released a few months later…