Tag: Social Media

Pro-Democracy Activist Arrested in Myanmar Over Facebook Posts

Myo Yan Naung Thein, a member of the National League for Democracy (NLD) party in Myanmar, was arrested on November 3 over Facebook posts deemed to be offensive towards the military’s Commander-in-Chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing. The activist was charged under Section 66(D) of the Myanmar’s Telecommunications Law. Myo Yan Naung Thein is expected to appear before court again on November 17; if convicted,…

Vietnam: Blogger Arrested Over Anti-State Facebook Posts

Ho Van Hai, a 52-year-old blogger, was arrested on November 2nd by the Ho Chi Minh City police over spreading “anti-state propaganda” on Facebook. The posts have allegedly violated the controversial Article 88 of the state’s Criminal Code, criminalising publication of “propaganda against the Socialist Republic of Vietnam”. If charged and convicted, Hai is facing up to 20 years in prison. The posts have been…

India: Blogger Arrested Over ‘Blasphemy Against Islam’ on Facebook

In the early hours of September 15, 2016, prominent atheist blogger and ‘freethinker’ Tarak Biswas was arrested at his home in West Bengal over a Facebook post which was considered critical of Islam. Mere minutes after his post was made, a First Information Report (or FIR) was filed by local Trinamool Congress leader Sanaullah Khan, demanding that the Howrah Police Commissionerate take action…

Vietnamese Blogger Arrested for Anti-State Facebook Posts

Nguyễn Ngọc Như Quỳnh, a prominent 37-year-old blogger and civil rights activist, was arrested in Vietnam over “propagandizing against the state” on Facebook. The award-winning activist, known to be critical towards the Vietnamese government, is facing up to 20 years in prison if convicted. Quynh was arrested on October 10 in her home town of Nha Trang, South Central Coast of Vietnam, by police and…

Saudi Arabia: Teen Blogger ‘Abu Sin’ Arrested for Online Flirting

Like many teens, the 19-year-old Saudi blogger ‘Abu Sin’ (‘the toothless one’) enjoys spending his time online connecting to people throughout the world. Earlier this year, the young teen whose real name had not been revealed by authorities, connected with American teen blogger Christina Crockett. Despite the language barrier, the two had numerous exchanges, including one video where Abu Sin declared his…

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…