The fight for free speech around the world is in full swing — People & Society in FTN Daily #105, Thu, Feb 02, 2017

Alyssa Kibiloski

Algeria passes the blame

Blogger Merzoug Touati is charged with “exchanging intelligence with a foreign power.” In fact, he just interviewed an Israeli official. Afef Abrougui for Global Voices Advocacy

On his blog Alhogra, Touati has consistently covered anti-austerity strikes and job protests, and rights violations committed by Algerian authorities.

Algerian Blogger Merzoug Touati Could Face 25 Years in Jail for Interviewing an Israeli Official on YouTube


Making the stalker stumble

The Russian social network Vkontakte increased privacy, making spying on citizens harder. Kevin Rothrock for Global Voices Advocacy.

If you think this change sounds trivial, you might consult Evgeny Kort, the 20-year-old Muscovite convicted of extremism last November and sentenced to a year in prison.

Algerian Blogger Merzoug Touati Could Face 25 Years in Jail for Interviewing an Israeli Official on YouTube


A Mauritanian nightmare

Ould Mkhaitir was sentenced to death for “speaking light of the prophet. Afef Abrougui for Global Voices Advocacy

In April 2016, a court of appeal confirmed his sentence and referred his case to the Supreme Court, which has the power to reduce his death penalty to a jail sentence and a fine, if it rules that the defendant has “repented”.

Algerian Blogger Merzoug Touati Could Face 25 Years in Jail for Interviewing an Israeli Official on YouTube


No rest for big brother

Activists are fighting a surveillance and censorship law in Moldova. Filip Stojanovski for Global Voices Advocacy:

Nadejda Hriptievschi, the program director of the Legal Resources Centre from Moldova (LRCM) stated that they are concerned about the draft law because it contains several provisions that propose introduction of “absolutely unjustified” mass surveillance measures provisions.

Algerian Blogger Merzoug Touati Could Face 25 Years in Jail for Interviewing an Israeli Official on YouTube


Sticking it to the (Davos) man

The Davos WEF is a show for pretended discourse. Tom Bailey for Spiked:

One panellist will point out that, while great strides have been made in one area or another, more must be done about this or that. A fellow panellist will concur, and another will sagely point out that whatever is being discussed creates both ‘challenges and opportunities’.

Algerian Blogger Merzoug Touati Could Face 25 Years in Jail for Interviewing an Israeli Official on YouTube


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