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Jailed Iranian Web Designer, Saeed Malekpour, Suffers Heart Attack

Saeed Malekpour, a 43-year-old engineer and web designer, has been imprisoned in notorious Evin prison in Iran since 2008. He was sentenced to death following a conviction of masterminding an online pornography network. According to Malekpour’s supporters, he developed an Internet photo-sharing tool which was used without his knowledge to share pornographic photos. He was accused by Iranian authorities to “discredit the country’s…

Uganda Activist Arrested Over Allegedly Insulting President Museveni on Facebook

Ugandan feminist activist, Dr. Stella Nyanzi, was arrested on November 2, 2018, over Facebook posts deemed to be offensive towards President Yoweri Museveni and his late mother Esteri Kokundeka. Nyanzi has been held at Luzira prison and is waiting for her trial. She is expected to take plea on charges of cyber harassment and offensive communication. Nyanzi is a prominent activist promoting…

Egypt: Author Arrested Over Book Challenging President el-Sissi

Abdel-Khaleq Farouq was arrested by an arrest warrant of the Supreme State Security Prosecutions on October 21, 2018, alongside his publisher Ibrahim el-Khateib. The cause for the arrest is his latest book named: “Is Egypt Really a Poor Country?”, in which he challenges the economic policies of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. According to AP, Farouq was accused of spreading “fake news”, panelised in Egypt…

Special: Article by Nejoud Al-Yagout, Censored Kuwaiti Human Rights Activist: “All Colors of the Rainbow”

All Colors of the Rainbow by Nejoud Al-Yagout Today, as I ponder the plight of the LGBT community around the globe, tears come to my eyes. We have been living on this planet for millennia, but continue to judge another human being by who s/he loves. I wonder what it would be like if I were raised in a society…

China: Social Media Celebrity Detained For Singing National Anthem ‘Disrespectfully’

A parody video by Yang Kaili, a 21-year-old social media celebrity from China, has led to her detention. The online star, followed on live-streaming platform Huya by tens of millions of users, sang a part of the national anthem while dancing. As a result, she was detained on October 7 by Shanghai’s Jingan district’s police for “disrespecting” the national anthem. She…

13 Protesters Arrested in Vietnam over Social Media Posts

Thirteen people were arrested in Vietnam over blogging and publishing posts on Facebook in Vietnam, Amnesty International reports. The arrests follow the approval of a new cybersecurity law which will take full effect in January 2019. According to Amnesty International, sentences of up to 15 years were handed to five protesters under Article 79 of Vietnam’s Penal Code, over “activities…

Gilgit-Baltistan Police Blocks 141 Social Media Accounts for Criticising State and Religion

Gilgit-Baltistan Police has reportedly blocked 141 social media accounts over anti-religious and anti-state publications. Five people are facing legal charges for violating the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, 2016 over “spreading religious hatred and posting anti-state content online”. DOWN reports that Special Branch Additional Inspector General (AIG) Hanifullah admitted that social media accounts are being monitored for anti-state content and…