Austria’s Right-Wing Government Sets Sights On Restricting Press Freedom

When members of the conservative Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) and radical right Freedom Party (FPÖ) were elected into power in 2017, there was little response. There were almost no protests, except for a few gatherings in the Austrian capital, Vienna. The now majority right-wing populist government has since tightened asylum laws, put migration on hold,…

More Afghan Journalists Killed As Militants Ramp Up Attacks On Shias

A recent double suicide bombing that killed nearly two dozen people near a sports club in the Dasht-e-Barchi suburb of Kabul, has highlighted the plight faced by two of Afghanistan’s most threatened groups: journalists and Shia Muslims. Dasht-e-Barchi is a Shia-dominated part of Kabul. The first blast on September 5 targeted a crowd gathered outside…

Netizen Report: Online Censorship Roundup

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. What Role Does Facebook Play in Libya’s Civil War? Earlier this week, Facebook was blocked in the Libyan capital Tripoli and surrounding cities, as fighting between armed militias raged. On 3 September, Reuters reported that…

How MENA Governments Use Cybercrime Laws and Spyware to Target Activists

Human rights advocate Israa Al-Ghomgham may soon be facing the death penalty in Saudi Arabia, for her non-violent human rights related activities. Arrested in 2015 along with her husband, activist Mousa Al-Hashim, over their roles in anti-government protests in Al-Qatif, Al-Ghomgham was charged under article 6 of the Cybercrime Act of 2007 for “preparing, sending and…

As Myanmar Sends Journalists to Jail, Pressure Mounts on Aung San Suu Kyi

The government of Myanmar and its de facto head, Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, are facing renewed international condemnation after two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, were sentenced to seven years in prison for breaking an official secrets law. Their crime: receiving documents detailing the killing of ten Rohingya men…

Myanmar Sentences Reuters Journalists To 7 years In Prison

Two Myanmar reporters who were covering the killing of Rohingya in Rakhine state last year were sentenced to seven years prison on September 3 for violating the Official Secrets Act of 1923 after a nine-month-long trial. Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were working for Reuters when they were arrested in December 2017 for possessing…

Israel Continues Assault on Journalists: Tear Gas and Concussion Grenades Used

Israeli troops have violently subdued a protest by journalists in the West Bank. The protest, which was organised by the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS) and the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation (PBC), centred on Ofer military prison, west of Ramallah. Several injuries have been reported. Israeli forces are said to have once more used excessive force against…

Norwegian Police Investigating Disappearance of Wikileaks’ Arjen Kamphuis

Police in Norway say that they have begun an investigation into the mysterious disappearance of Dutch national Arjen Kamphuis, an associate of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Kamphuis, an expert in cyber security, was last seen in northern Norway on August 20 when he left his hotel in the town of Bodo. Information released by privacy…

Kashmiri Journalist Arrested After Reporting On Rebel Leader Burhan Wani

Police in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir have detained a journalist for allegedly “harboring terrorists.” Aasif Sultan, who works with a with Srinagar-based news magazine Kashmir Narrator, was detained by the police for questioning on 27 August. According to family members, local police raided their house in the Batamaloo area of the city…

Australia Denies Chelsea Manning Entry While New Zealand Gives Visa Thumbs Up

Former American soldier turned whistleblower and activist Chelsea Manning spoke at the Sydney Opera House on Sunday, September 2, via video link, after Australian authorities announced it wouldn’t make a decision on her visa application in time for the event on “character grounds“. Meanwhile, New Zealand, where she is scheduled to appear at events on…