Tag: Social Media

Activist Nabeel Rajab’s Jail Sentence Upheld by Bahrain High Court

Bahrain’s high court has upheld the 5-year jail sentence against activist Nabeel Rajab over critical statements against the Yemen war which he posted on Twitter.  The UN human rights office called for his release: “We urge the Government of Bahrain to stop criminalizing dissenting voices… We call on the Government of Bahrain to immediately and unconditionally release prominent human rights defender…

Iranian Blogger Dies Following 60-days Hunger Strike in Prison

Iranian blogger Vahid Sayyadi Nasir, a 28-year-old estate specialist and social media activist, died in prison on December 12, 2018, following a 60-day hunger strike. He was charged with “insulting the sacred” and “propaganda against the state” and sentenced to 5 years in prison over social media posts deemed to be critical of the regime. He was released in March, but was later…

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…

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…

UK-Iranian Roya Nobakht Released After 5 Years in Prison Over Facebook Posts

Roya Nobakht, a UK-Iranian citizen who was jailed in Iran over criticizing government on Facebook, was released on Friday, August 25, 2017, after serving 5 years in prison. She is currently subjected to a 2-year travel ban until her reduced 7 years imprisonment sentence will be completed. Roya Saberinejad (also spelled “Saberi-Negad”) Nobakht is a 49-year-old Iranian-British woman, who served time…

Uganda: University Lecturer Jailed for Insulting President on Facebook

Dr. Stella Nyanzi, a 72-year-old Ugandan university lecturer and activist, is being held behind bars in a maximum-security prison in Kampala for criticizing the President on her Facebook page. Nyanzi was arrested on April 7, 2017, two months after she had described President Yoweri Museveni as “pair of buttocks”. She was charged under the Computer Misuse Act of 2011 with cyber-harassment and offensive communication. Nyanzi pleaded…