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Twitter, Facebook and proxy systems are used to overcome internet restrictions in Tajikistan and to connect to the wider diaspora.
The families of political prisoners in Saudi Arabia are sharing their actions to raise awareness for those held captive. Check out the hashtag #يوم_المعتقلين , translated as “The Day of the Detainees”.
Iranian men are taking cross-dressing selfies for an online movement protesting a sexist punishment for criminals in Kurdistan. Our own Solmaz Sharif covers a powerful (and fun) digital protest that has sprung up in response to a judge's offensive decision, a violent police crackdown, and an underlying gender bias.
Saudis are constantly in danger of facing retribution for speaking their minds, whether it’s on social media or on a street corner. But that isn’t stopping many of them from taking to Twitter with renewed calls for the release of three political prisoners. New hashtags making the rounds are: #اطلقوا_تركي_الحمد# ,اطلقوا_حمزة_كاشغري# ,اطلقوا _رائف_بدوي translated as “Release Turki Al Hamad”, “Release Hamza Kashgari”, and “Release Raef Al Badawi”. Who are these guys?
Internationally acclaimed Turkish pianist Fazil Say has been convicted and sentenced to a suspended 10-month jail term for insulting Islamic religious values in comments posted on Twitter.
In Gaza, how you wear your hair has become the government's business.
A new twitter hashtag in Egypt is the latest salvo in the PR battle for your hearts and minds: #tweet_like_an_egg
UPDATED 6/13/13:Weld el 15 turns himself in, will serve 2 year sentence. Rappers, artists, and dissidents are under attack across North Africa for speaking out against their new governments. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
Fugitive? Revolutionary hero? Liar, liar, pants-on-fire? Who exactly is Dr. Bassem Youssef? Several weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting the "Jon Stewart of the Arab World." He did not disappoint.
Ignored by local media, arrested and beaten by police, hundreds of protestors in Bahrain stood their ground Friday in support of imprisoned activist Nabeel Rajab.