The Blog — Freedom of Expression
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.
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.
Though he was cutoff from technology while in police detention, Bader Al Rashidi's Twitter account continued to rant against Kuwait's Emir for months. Then his sentence for attempting to overthrow the regime got bumped up to five years and hard labor.
For two years, China has denied the famed blogger and artist Ai Weiwei freedom to travel. Now you can help him see the world. Turn your iPhone into an iWeiwei.
As part of our ongoing series of Cyber Activist profiles, we recently spoke with Mehman Huseynov, a 22-year old photojournalist and blogger from Azerbaijan who has faced significant government repression for his work to promote free expression in the country. Huseynov recently founded the independent news, commentary, and satire website Sancaq ("Pin" in the Azerbaijani language) that brings people together by lampooning current events. A previous interview we conducted with Azerbaijani cyber activist Emin Milli- conducted by live Twitter chat- can be seen here.
After insulting the Prince online, 4 bloggers in Kuwait have been detained pending further hearings
CC from flickr stream of US Mission Geneva Azerbaijani Dissident Pushes for Freedom at Outset of Internet Governance Forum in Baku
Emin Milli, an Azerbaijani blogger, advocate, and lawyer, was imprisoned for 17 months in 2009 and 2010. In a letter to President Ilham Aliyev, he makes a passionate case for reform in his country at the outset of the IGF.
An Iranian blogger known by the pseudonym, Vakil al-Raoaya, has a new post titled, “The First Post After Filtering.” Al-Raoaya’s blog had previously been targeted by filters, which the Iranian government frequently uses to block public access to websites that express criticism toward the regime.