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Internet Censorship: Media Watchdog Calls Vietnam, China ‘Spy States’

China Internet

Written by Richard Finney China and Vietnam are among five “State Enemies of the Internet” identified Tuesday by a global media watchdog, which for the first time also listed an equal number of private-sector companies accused of selling monitoring equipment

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Posted in Censorship, Internet Censorship

Freedom of Expression: Activists Jailed for Criticizing Government

The Supreme Court in the United Arab Emirates has sentenced five political activists to prison for publicly criticizing the country’s leaders. The defendants were arrested in April for making various comments, and they appeared in court several times, mostly behind

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Posted in Freedom of Expression, Government Control, Human Rights

Bahrain Sentences Medical Workers for Treating Protesters

Edward Yeranian | Cairo A security court in the Gulf state of Bahrain has sentenced 20 doctors and medics to long jail sentences for treating wounded demonstrators during unrest earlier this year. The court sentence is expected to further enrage

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Posted in Human Rights

Arab Dictatorships Use McAfee and Other U.S. Technology to Censor Internet and Spy

Source: AllGov Authoritarian regimes in the Middle East have had plenty of help from American firms when it comes to censorship and spying on pro-democracy protestors. One of the biggest players is Intel-owned McAfee Inc., provider of content-filtering software used

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Posted in Corporate Censorship

Saudi Arabia Bans All Protests

Source: VOA   Saudi Arabia has banned all protests following several small gatherings of demonstrators demanding change in the conservative kingdom. The country’s Interior Ministry announced Saturday on state television that security forces would use what it called “all measures”

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Posted in Human Rights

Bahrainis Protest Outside Parliament

Source: VOA Anti-government protesters in Bahrain rallied outside parliament Monday, in an effort to step up pressure on the nation’s monarchy to establish democratic reforms. Many also have called for the removal of the ruling al-Khalifa family. The protesters are

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Posted in Human Rights

Bahrain Continues Violent Crackdown on Protesters

Source: VOA – By Phillip Walter Wellman Bahrain’s main hospital has been flooded with patients after security forces opened fire on anti-government demonstrators. Fifty-five people are reported injured, seven of them are said to be in critical condition. Witnesses said 

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Posted in Human Rights

Security Forces Fire on Bahrain Mourners

Security forces have fired shots in Manama on Friday, where demonstrators were gathering for an anti-government rally, in defiance of a government ban on protests. Hospital officials say there are casualties. Mourners began chanting opposition slogans during a funeral procession

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Posted in Human Rights

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