Category Archives: Internet and Social Media

Tweet now for student facing jail after Twitter use in Turkey

By Milena Buyum, Amnesty’s Turkey Campaigner On 2 June last year, Özge Ünlütezcan, a 24-year-old drama student, grabbed her phone to send out a series of tweets. Shortly after, she was stunned to be called into a police station where … Continue reading

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Pursuing the mirage of freedom

By Ensaf Haidar, wife of imprisoned Saudi Arabian activist Raif Badawi, who has been imprisoned for the past two years. Her husband is serving a 10-year sentence, and also faces 1,000 lashes and a hefty fine in connection with an … Continue reading

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Full speed ahead to wipe out dissent in Russia

By Yulia Berezovskaja, Director General of Grani.ru, an independent online media outlet in Russia In Russia today the space for public debate and free exchange of information is shrinking so quickly that the thinking part of society does not have … Continue reading

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China’s Tiananmen anniversary blackout

By Amnesty International’s China team Updated on: 10 June 2014 Twenty-five years on, Chinese citizens continue to be persecuted for trying to remember the events of 1989 when hundreds, if not thousands, of protesters were killed or injured on the … Continue reading

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The #IzmirTwitterCase: Ludicrous and baseless, yet set to continue

By Andrew Gardner, Amnesty International’s Turkey researcher I was in court on Monday 21 April to hear first hand the ludicrous decision to continue the trial of 29 young women and men in what has been coined the ‘Twitter trial’. The prosecution – … Continue reading

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