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21 October 2016

Netizen Report: As Protests Rage in Ethiopia, Zone9 Bloggers Return to Court

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

19 October 2016

Chinese Netizens See Human Rights Violations in Child Protection Bill

The new regulations attempt to protect children by requiring hardware companies to install surveillance software on their devices, and by promoting treatments for "Internet addiction."

18 October 2016

Journalists Call on Timor-Leste PM to Drop Defamation Complaint Against Reporters

Around the world, reporters are trying to get the prime minister of Timor-Leste to abandon a criminal complaint against two journalists who say he was involved in government corruption.

13 October 2016

Netizen Report: Brazilians Find the Limits of Free Speech on Facebook

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

Cuban Journalist Elaine Diaz and Colleagues Arrested For Reporting on Hurricane Matthew “Without a Permit”

Diaz confirmed late in the evening on October 12 that she and colleagues were released from police custody and returning to Havana.

11 October 2016

Ethiopian Authorities Shut Down Mobile Internet and Major Social Media Sites

Those close to the situation fear this may be the beginning of a dangerous new phase after 12 months of protests.

The Plight of the Zambian Watchdog: Embattled Opposition News Site Goes Down

The closure and the raid may represent a turning point in a long-standing cat-and-mouse game between the government and the controversial news website.

Google Warns More Than a Dozen Russian Journalists and Activists About ‘Government-Backed Attackers’

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More than a dozen Russian journalists and activists received a strange warning from Google earlier today, notifying them that “government-backed attackers” may be “trying to steal” their passwords.

Chinese Propaganda Authorities Promote Clinton-Trump ‘Love Song’ Spoof Videos

Since they can't stop people from following the news, propaganda authorities are focusing on the more absurd aspects of the race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

10 October 2016

Reality, Conspiracy and the US ‘Internet Freedom’ Agenda: Deconstructing Iran's Case Against Nizar Zakka

Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese citizen was arrested and sentenced to 10 years in prison by Iranian for leading U.S. funded projects in Iran. We deconstruct this situation.

9 October 2016

Indonesia Drafts New Ban on Cyberbullying, But Activists Say They're the Target

"The cyber law is used as an effective tool to spread fear against voices who want to unmask injustices in this country."

WhatsApp Reportedly Blocked in Yemen, Mobile Operator Cites ‘Technical Issues’

Censorship of online content has surged in Yemen since the beginning of the conflict opposing Houthi rebels and forces loyal to president Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.

7 October 2016

Tunisian Teen Risks Suspension for Denouncing Poor School Conditions on Facebook

The school administration has accused Hamza Batti of engaging in a "smear campaign" against it.

6 October 2016

Netizen Report: Open Source Developers Endure Long Prison Sentences, And Worse

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

5 October 2016

Chinese Authorities Shutter ‘Gongshi’ Intellectual Website, Leading Netizens to Ask: Is This ‘The End of Consensus'?

"The authorities want us to shut down the website, saying that the platform had spread wrong ideas. With dismay, we shut down. This is my report."

As Violence Escalates in Ethiopia, Zone9 and Other Prominent Bloggers Face New Legal Threats

Seyoum Teshome, a prominent member of the embattled community of Ethiopian online writers was arrested last Friday. Meanwhile, the Zone9 bloggers are scheduled to return to court on October 21.

3 October 2016

Venezuelan Government Jails Video Producers on Charges of ‘Instigating Rebellion’

A video intended to make the Venezuelan military reflect on the impact of their increasing power in Venezuela has landed its producers in jail.

Help End the Imprisonment of Iranian Web Developer Saeed Malekpour

Saeed Malekpour was arrested and jailed in 2008 over someone else's use of his open source code to upload pornographic material to the Internet.

Macedonian Journalist Božinovski Continues Hunger Strike in Face of Trial Postponement

Božinovski runs the tabloid-style web portal, famous for publishing leaked information that implicated prominent members of the Macedonian political elite in a variety of misdeeds.

30 September 2016

In Tanzania, Expressing Political Opinions on Social Media is Becoming Increasingly Dangerous

Since President John Magufuli won the presidential election in October 2015, 14 people have already being arrested and charged for insulting the president on social media.

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