Tag Archives: Arrests

Middle East and North Africa CyberWatch: July 6 – July 13, 2012

A roundup of cyber news from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. This week’s post includes updates on Syria, use of Internet technology in Tunisia to advance freedom, blogger arrests, and social media news.

Middle East and North Africa CyberWatch: June 29 – July 5, 2012

A roundup of cyber news from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. This week’s post includes, WikiLeak’s release of information on Syria, cyber-defence in Iran, blogger arrests in Morocco, as well as cyber surveillance across the region.

Middle East and North Africa CyberWatch: June 15 – 22, 2012

A roundup of cyber news from the Middle East and North Africa region. This week’s post covers the Flame malware, censorship in social media and Google’s Transparency Report.

Why do so many bloggers get arrested after Internet freedom conferences?

Source: James Losey, Slate

On Wednesday, while returning from the Human Rights and Technology Conference in Rio De Janeiro, Kobeissi had to change planes in the United States. At the airport, he was detained and had his passport confiscated for an hour

US citizen sues web hosting company for identifying him to Thai government

Source: World Organization for Human Rights USA

A suit was filed on August 24, 2011 against Netfirms, Inc., a Canadian web hosting company incorporated in the United States, for releasing personal information to the Thai government. Netfirms’ disclosures allowed Thai officials to identify, detain, and interrogate the plaintiff, Mr. Anthony Chai, both in Thailand and on U.S. soil.

Nokia Siemens Networks Press Statement: Telecoms and Human Rights

Source: Nokia Siemens Networks

An article from Bloomberg published on 23 August 2011 has linked technology, supplied by a business that was part of Nokia Siemens Networks between April 2007 and March 2009, with human rights abuses in Bahrain. The article alleges that a monitoring center was supplied by a Siemens business that subsequently became part of Nokia Siemens Networks when it was formed in 2007. Nokia Siemens Networks subsequently divested this monitoring center business in March 2009 and no longer provides this technology to any country.

Torture in Bahrain becomes routine with help from Nokia Siemens

Source: Bloomberg

Computers loaded with Western-made surveillance software generated the transcripts wielded in the interrogations described by Al Khanjar and scores of other detainees whose similar treatment was tracked by rights activists, Bloomberg Markets magazine reports in its October issue. The spy gear in Bahrain was sold by Siemens AG (SIE), and maintained by Nokia Siemens Networks and NSN’s divested unit, Trovicor GmbH, according to two people whose positions at the companies gave them direct knowledge of the installations. Both requested anonymity because they have signed nondisclosure agreements. The sale and maintenance contracts were also confirmed by Ben Roome, a Nokia Siemens spokesman based in Farnborough, England.

Kuwaiti Citizens to be Tried for Tweets

Source: The Next Web

Tweeting in Kuwait is becoming quite the hazard. We reported earlier that Nasser Abul was arrested for criticizing the Bahraini and Saudi Arabian royal families.

Abul is now joined by yet another Kuwaiti citizen, both of whom will be put on trial. Lawrence al-Rashidi was also recently arrested, but for comments made about Kuwait’s own ruling family.

According to Reuters, both men are to be detained for the next two weeks, until their hearings are scheduled, on charges of harming the Gulf state’s interests and defaming the Kuwaiti emir.

For full original article, see here

Thailand charges US citizen with insulting royals

“A US citizen has been charged in Thailand with insulting the monarchy after he posted material deemed offensive on his blog and put a link to a banned book, authorities said Friday.

Thai-born Lerpong Wichaikhammat, 54, was arrested on Tuesday in Nakhon Ratchasima province in northeast Thailand and is currently being held at Bangkok Remand Prison.

“He translated articles which are deemed insulting to the monarchy and posted them on his blog. Also he provided a link to a book” perceived as critical of the royal family, said police Lieutenant Colonel Kovit Tardmee.”

For full original article, see here

Trying to Stir Up a Popular Protest in China, From a Bedroom in Manhattan

“From a pair of computer screens in a lime green bedroom in Upper Manhattan, a 27-year-old man from China is working to bring about a popular uprising.

Two months after calls shot across the Web for a Tunisian- and Egyptian-style “Jasmine Revolution” in China, he is among the few online dissidents still trying to promote a popular protest movement inside the country. The effort has failed to provoke any major street demonstrations, but it has led to a fierce crackdown by the authorities.”

From The New York Times