Tag: Free Speech

Pokemon Go Blogger Convicted

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Russia (HRW) – Set Aside Unlawful Verdict on Extremism Charges A Russian court on May 11, 2017, convicted a 22-year-old blogger on criminal charges of incitement of hatred and insult to the religious feelings of believers, Human Rights Watch said today.…

Xi Jinping’s Web of Laws

China (CMP) – IT WAS A BUSY DAY over at the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC). On May 2, the agency, created in February 2014 to exercise overarching control over the country’s internet and every related enterprise, launched not one but…

Gambia: Arrests, Media Closures as Deadline Nears

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Rights at Risk as Calls for Jammeh’s Exit Intensify

The government of President Yahya Jammeh, defeated in Gambia’s December presidential election, has arbitrarily arrested opposition sympathizers and closed three independent radio stations in the past week, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today. Jammeh is required under Gambia’s Constitution to cede power to President-elect Adama Barrow by January 19, 2017.

Since December 31, intelligence agents have arrested and briefly detained at least six people for wearing or selling T-shirts bearing the logo of the #Gambiahasdecided movement, which has called for Jammeh to respect the election results and step down. Several senior members of the movement have fled Gambia after receiving credible threats from alleged National Intelligence Agency (NIA) officers. On January 1, 2017, intelligence agents forcibly closed three private radio stations, depriving Gambians of independent sources of information during this critical period.

Cambodian Police to Arrest Suspects Accused of Mocking King with Sex Scene

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Cambodian police are on the hunt for three men accused of inserting an image of the country’s king into a gay porn scene, though they have not said what specific law the three violated.

“The king represents the whole nation and they are insulting the king, which is like they are insulting the whole nation,” spokesman for the country’s Ministry of Interior General Khieu Sopheak said as he confirmed an investigation had been launched.

“We have got orders to arrest them,” he said. “If we don’t take action against them, more people might follow their act,” he explained, according to AFP.