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Egypt president approves law tightening Internet controls

Aug 18, 2018 - 11:54 PM

The new legislation allows authorities, through a judge, to order the blocking of websites that 'constitute a threat' to Egypt's national security or economy

Russia's Internet censorship grew nine-fold in 2015 – rights group

Feb 16, 2016 - 10:58 PM

The group Agora finds incidents of Internet censorship increased from 1 019 in 2014 to 9 022 in 2015

Junta mulls 'Great Firewall' for Thailand

Sep 28, 2015 - 3:52 PM

Tens of thousands of people sign a petition against a proposal which has been dubbed the Great Firewall of Thailand – a play on China s draconian internet censorship program – by commentators analysts and netizens

Ex pro-Putin Internet troll seeks to expose Kremlin 'propaganda factory'

Jun 03, 2015 - 4:11 AM

A Russian freelance journalist who claims she went undercover as a pro government Internet troll says she is suing her former employer in a bid to expose the workings of the Kremlin s online army

TROLL. A file picture taken on March 31, 2015, shows Lyudmila Savchuk working on her laptop during an interview in Saint Petersburg. Photo by Olga Maltseva / AFP

Chinese paper blames Google over Gmail blocking

Dec 30, 2014 - 1:40 PM

The Global Times: China welcomes the company to do business on the prerequisite that it obeys Chinese law; however Google values more its reluctance to be restricted by Chinese law resulting in conflict

GOOGLE VS CHINA? A file picture dated 30 July 2010 shows a Chinese women walking past Google's logo in front of the US company's headquarters in Beijing, China, 30 July 2010. According to media reports on 03 June 2014, some Google services have been blocked or disrupted in China, ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre. File Photo by How Hwee Young/EPA

China blocks access to Google e-mail service

Dec 29, 2014 - 7:53 PM

UPDATED The United States while careful not to accuse Beijing directly says it is aware of reports that Gmail s blockage and that it was concerned by efforts in China to undermine freedom of expression

Iran minister says all web surfers to be 'identified'

Dec 06, 2014 - 9:28 PM

Telecoms Minister Mahmoud Vaezi: Because of our efforts in future when people want to use the Internet they will be identified and there will be no web surfer whose identity we do not know

Instagram blocked in China amid Hong Kong #OccupyCentral

Sep 29, 2014 - 8:17 PM

Beijing moves to wipe social media coverage of the mass protests in Hong Kong and blocks photo sharing service Instagram

Iran's Internet censorship not working – Rouhani

Sep 07, 2014 - 8:54 PM

Rouhani: This current policy does not work Force does not produce results

In this file photo, Iran's president Hassan Rouhani speaks during a ceremony to mark celebrations of Nawroz the Persian new year in Kabul, Afghanistan, 27 March 2014. S. Sabawoon/EPA

Malaysia's Mahathir calls for Internet censorship

Aug 02, 2014 - 12:36 PM

I don t care how sacred is freedom but I think the time has come for governments at least the Malaysian government to censor the Internet

Istanbul police fire tear gas on protest over Internet curbs

Feb 23, 2014 - 11:14 AM

The new curbs have sparked alarm at home and abroad with critics saying they are an attempt to stifle dissent and stop evidence of high level corruption being seen online

FIERY PROTEST. Protestors flash the "V-sign" next to a fire during a demonstration against new legislation tightening control of the Internet on February 22, 2014 in istanbul. Ozan Kose/AFP

Apps threatened in Saudi Arabia

Mar 31, 2013 - 8:17 PM

Saudi Arabia wants to control social networking apps like Skype or Whatsapp

INTERNET CENSORSHIP. Saudi Arabia wants to control social networking apps like Skype or Whatsapp. Graphic by Jessica Lazaro

China tightens Internet rules

Dec 28, 2012 - 11:39 PM

China now requires Internet users to offer their names as identification to telecommunication service providers when seeking access to their services

US sanctions Iran over Internet, media censorship

Nov 09, 2012 - 8:29 AM

Washington unveiled sanctions against top Iranians and national bodies including the communications minister and the culture ministry hitting back for media and Internet censorship

Hounded by censorship, threats, netizens push for Internet freedom

Mar 13, 2012 - 12:45 PM

RSF cited the increasing importance of Internet and online social networks as tools to help people organize and circulate information especially during the uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa last year

Wikipedia blackout to protest anti-piracy bill

Jan 18, 2012 - 9:47 AM

24 hour Wikipedia blackout to protest legislation that they say will stifle the Internet free speech

BLACKOUT. Wikipedia warns users about the impending 24-hour blackout of the website, in this screenshot taken Jan. 18, 2012.