Jul 5, 2014

Russia forces data move to domestic web servers

Russia’s parliament on Friday passed a law to force Internet sites that store the personal data of Russian citizens to do so inside the country, a move that the Kremlin says is for data protection but which critics see as an attack on social ...

Egypt under mounting pressure to free Al-Jazeera journalists

Jun 24, 2014

Egypt under mounting pressure to free Al-Jazeera journalists

Egypt was under mounting pressure Tuesday to pardon three Al-Jazeera journalists — including Australia’s award-winning Peter Greste — jailed in a ruling that sparked global outrage and fears of a growing media crackdown. Greste and Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fadel Fahmy each got seven-year terms in ...

Twitter restores access to 'blasphemous' content in Pakistan

Jun 19, 2014

Twitter restores access to 'blasphemous' content in Pakistan

Twitter has restored access inside Pakistan to dozens of tweets and accounts, after blocking them last month following official complaints about “blasphemous” content, in a move hailed by free-speech activists. The microblogging site said it had changed its May 18 decision, to restrict access ...

Egypt releases hunger-striking Jazeera journalist

Jun 18, 2014

Egypt releases hunger-striking Jazeera journalist

Egypt on Tuesday released Al-Jazeera journalist Abdullah al-Shamy, who has been on hunger strike for nearly five months in protest over his detention. al-Shamy, who works for the main Arabic channel of the Qatar-based network, was arrested on August 14 when police dispersed supporters ...

Jun 16, 2014

China's top think tank warned to toe ideological line: media

A Communist official has issued a “high-profile warning” about ideological problems at China’s top think tank, domestic media said Monday in a sign that the party leadership is exerting its authority over state-run institutions. Experts at the state-affiliated Chinese Academy of Social Sciences are ...