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17 August 2017

Palestinian Journalists Become First Targets of Controversial Cybercrime Law

The journalists were accused of "leaking information to hostile entities" under a newly-adopted cybercrime law.

10 August 2017

India Bans the Internet Archive and More Than 2,600 File-Sharing Websites to Protect Bollywood

The ban is the result of a court ruling, based on the petitions of two Bollywood producers, to stop file-sharing websites from distributing pirated copies of recently released movies.

9 August 2017

Rights Group Website and Columnist's Blog Become Latest Targets of Egypt's Censorship Campaign

From May 24 to August 6, Egyptian authorities blocked 133 websites, according to the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression.

6 August 2017

Jailed for Journalism: A Profile of Detained Reporters in Myanmar

Since June 2017, five members of the media have been detained by the government.

Thai Journalist and Two Other Critics of Military-Led Government Face Sedition Charges Over Facebook Posts

"I will continue to criticize the illegitimate military regime until they take away my smartphone."

5 August 2017

Behind Bars for 30 Days: EU Leaders Condemn Turkey's Detention of #Istanbul10

The European Commission called for the “immediate release” of the group, calling the detentions part of a “deeply worrying pattern” of imprisonment in Turkey.

4 August 2017

‘With Empty Hands But Deep Beliefs,’ Jamal Hosseini Lost His Life Fighting for Human Rights in Iran

The third anniversary of the mysterious death of Jamal Hosseini, a bridge between underground activists in Iran and the global community of human rights activists.

Five Days After His Essay Went Viral, Chinese Author Apologizes for ‘Imprecise’ Writing on Beijing's Economic Boom

Zhang's viral essay commented on Beijing's rapid economic and architectural development and rising economic inequality.

3 August 2017

Netizen Report: Tech Community Mourns Open Source Activist Executed in Syria

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Will Palestine's New Cybercrime Law Pave the Way for More Rights Violations?

The law places several restrictions on free expression through vague terms like "social harmony", "state security" and "public order".

31 July 2017

Tajik Parliament Plans to Monitor Citizens Who Visit ‘Undesirable’ Websites

The legislation also represents a shift in strategy for the Tajik government, which has historically opted to censor controversial websites and services.

30 July 2017

Apple Removes Apps Offering Virtual Private Networks from Its China Store

"It represents the most drastic measure the Chinese government has taken to block the use of VPNs to date, and we are troubled to see Apple aiding China’s censorship efforts."

29 July 2017

Brunei Government Employee Complaining About Halal Certification Charged with Sedition Over Facebook Post

"Anyways that guy that's being charged with speaking out against the govt is a reminder that we don't have freedom of speech," wrote a Twitter user.

28 July 2017

Philippines: On Facebook's Free Version, Fake News is Even Harder to Spot

Free Basics' limitations leave poorer users at a loss, giving them less access to useful information -- and little capacity to determine whether news is reliable or not.

27 July 2017

Netizen Report: New Research Tests Facebook’s Digital ‘On Ramp’ for Developing Countries

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Vietnamese Activist Trần Thị Nga Sentenced to 9 Years for ‘Propaganda’

The 40-year-old Trần Thị Nga, also known by her pen name “Thúy Nga,” is a prominent advocate for migrants and land rights.

Facebook’s Free Basics Doesn't Connect You to the Global Internet – But it Does Collect Your Data

Regardless of whether they log into Facebook, users of Free Basics are constantly sharing their data with Facebook.

Can Facebook Connect the Next Billion?

New research by Global Voices tech and digital rights experts in Colombia, Ghana, Kenya, Mexico, Pakistan and the Philippines exposes the ups and downs of Facebook's "Free Basics" app.

Is Free Basics Really Bringing More Africans Online? A Case Study From Ghana

A group of Global Voices contributors tested the Free Basics app in six countries across the globe this spring. Here's what we found in Ghana.

26 July 2017

Who Are the #Istanbul10? Learn About the Work of Jailed Human Rights Defenders in Turkey

A group of human rights defenders and information technology trainers continue to face jail time in Turkey and accusations that they were "aiding a terrorist organization without being a member."

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