Tag: Social Media

Bahraini Blogger Sentenced to Jail Over “Insulting Religion” on Twitter

Faisal Hayyat, a prominent blogger and sports journalist, was sentenced on November 29 by a Bahraini court to 3 months imprisonment for ‘insulting a sect and a religious figure’ on Twitter. Hayyat was arrested on October 9, a few days after posting tweets critical to the Bahraini government. On his tweets Hayyat commented on events from early Islamic history. The conviction was based on article 209 of the…

Kazakhstan: Human Rights Defenders Sentenced to Five Years Over Critical Posts on Facebook

Human rights defenders Max Bokayev and Talgat Ayan were sentenced on November 28 in Kazakhstan to 5 years in prison for organizing peaceful protests earlier this year and publishing critical posts on Facebook. The charges ranged from ‘institution of social discord’ under Article 174 of the Criminal Code, ‘dissemination of knowingly false information’ under Article 274, to ‘violation of the procedure of organisation and…

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…