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22 September 2018

Amidst typhoon rescue efforts in Japan, a Taiwanese diplomat dies. Did misinformation play a role?

Some hearsay even claimed that Taiwanese had to proclaim themselves as Chinese in order to get on the buses. The news had enraged [Taiwanese] netizens.

Beijing authorities slam Swedish police for humiliating Chinese tourists, but there's another side to the story

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wanted to make use of the incident to stir patriotic sentiment to exercise pressure on Swedish government. But netizens know ... what’s right and wrong."

21 September 2018

Venezuelans say they are unable to access key Google services

Advox

Reports of new Internet blocks sound alarms and point to a possible escalation in communication and information control.

Journalist's expulsion from restaurant leads to debate about racism in Angola

"...racism in Angola is nothing new; however, people prefer to pretend nothing is happening."

20 September 2018

A film about a Montenegrin freedom fighter seeks to keep anti-fascist values alive

The Bridge

"By sharing the story of an ordinary person's struggle, we wanted to remind younger generations how the rights we now enjoy were won..."

Uighurs in the laogai: how China's persecution of a minority turned my fiction into fact

The Bridge

"In 2017, 21% of all arrests made in China took place in Xinjiang Province, a region where only 1.5% of the Chinese population lives."

Will Brazil's forthcoming data protection law actually protect peoples’ privacy rights?

Advox

The president vetoed the creation of an independent authority that would oversee the law's implementation.

Netizen Report: Authorities shut down mobile internet in Ethiopia’s capital, as ethnic and political conflict persist

Advox

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

19 September 2018

Serbian president apologizes for ‘stupidly’ citing The Onion, a satirical news platform

'I don't blame my advisers, if I had thought that through and if I wasn't tired I would realize it's odd,' Vučić said, adding that it's normal to make mistakes.

Riverbank erosion disaster in Bangladesh leaves thousands homeless

"The devastating erosion of the Padma River is ongoing for the last couple of years, no initiative to build a dam or embankment was taken by the local administration."

18 September 2018

Arrested for fact-checking: Kazakh court fines Ukrainian journalist after police break up media workshop

Advox

The incident highlights authorities' aversion to discussions of Ukraine in Kazakhstan and a long-running battle with a local newspaper.

At the peak of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, Jamaicans remember ‘Wild Gilbert’

Jamaicans can't recall a storm worse than Gilbert in 1988 -- and as this year's Atlantic hurricane season gets active, they hope they won't have to.

In Syria, regime loyalists use art as a tool of war

"Since the early days of the revolution, the Syrian regime has idolized and romanticized a military state"

Kyrgyz artist calls on girls to ‘create our own freedom’ in breakout song, *drops mic*

Zere's debut hit 'Kyz' comes after years of debate over how women in the Central Asian country should dress and behave.

17 September 2018

In a blow against impunity, Guatemala's top court rules in favor of the return of UN anti-corruption commissioner

"The eyes of the world should be put on Guatemala as the country goes through a key moment of their history"

Nigerian Twitter has an impersonation problem — and the platform is failing to take action

The inaction of Twitter and the Nigerian government are worrisome particularly with Nigeria’s general elections coming up in 2019.

‘Crimes of solidarity’ in Europe multiply as 11 stand trial in Belgium for helping migrants

Activists in Belgium claim the trial is aimed at dissuading people from helping migrants by establishing an intimidating judicial precedent.

15 September 2018

Protestors artfully demand the release of Shahidul Alam, Bangladesh's prisoner of conscience

Advox

"When a regime is governed by nothing but fear, it is often a sign that the regime might have lost its plot."

14 September 2018

One Syrian's harrowing journey to freedom

"For the first time in years we saw streets undamaged by missiles, sidewalks unmarred by shrapnel, and walls unblemished by war."

Netizen Report: Internet taxes are sweeping sub-Saharan Africa — and silencing citizens

Advox

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

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