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These posts are part of Advox, a Global Voices project dedicated to protecting freedom of expression online.

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6 November 2019

Social media propelled ethnocentric disinformation and propaganda during the Nigerian elections

The 2019 Nigerian elections witnessed unprecedented dissemination of ethnic hate speech at the service of disinformation and propaganda online, particularly on Twitter.

5 November 2019

The right to privacy in Sudan: A call to enact a data protection act

In the absence of an effective data protection law, personal data will remain at risk of misuse and abuse not only by the government but also the private sector. 

1 November 2019

End Impunity, Free Expression!

The Bridge

Our right to information is inseparable from our right to expression, and both are under attack. The International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists is observed on November...

Beijing constructs an “independence” plot for Hong Kong protests through information operations

Initial findings strongly suggest that the Chinese Communist party and state media outlets played a key role in spreading disinformation that framed the protests as a “pro-Hong Kong independence” movement.

30 October 2019

Pakistan shuts art installation depicting extrajudicial killings

"The closure is both an attack on free expression and an attempt to sweep under the rug a longstanding human rights problem."

28 October 2019

Netizen Report: How are protests in Lebanon affecting digital rights?

Protests continue in Lebanon, phone service is back in Kashmir (but the internet is still down) and Egyptians are getting censored on Twitter.

Angolan president's reforms drive positive impact on media — but limits persist

Under Angola's former regime, JES, prosecutions of activists and journalists were common. In 2017, João Lourenço (“JLO”) succeeded JES and journalists began to see reforms to press freedoms. But is it...

25 October 2019

Iran’s drive to block international services continues with Google Play ban

The decision to block Google Play is consistent with the authorities' strategy to foist home-grown Iranian apps and services on Iranian internet users and limit the availability of international services. 

Despite ban, Telegram survives in Russia — but for how long?

RuNet Echo

Most users still have access, but the authorities aren't giving up on attempts to block the instant messaging and voice app.

23 October 2019

Mozambican journalists and activists targeted with threats in election year

Human rights organizations documented several cases in which journalists and activists were threatened and subjected to pressures interfering with their work in relation to the elections.

Nigerian journalist under threat of arrest for exposé of police and prison corruption

The intimidation of journalist 'Fisayo Soyombo exemplifies the precarious state of press freedom and free speech in Nigeria.

21 October 2019

Ahead of Tunisia elections, social media was flooded with mis- and disinformation

In the months leading up to the elections, mis- and disinformation spread widely across social media platforms, Facebook in particular.

18 October 2019

How Ethiopia's ruling coalition created a playbook for disinformation

Manipulation tactics used by Ethiopia's ruling coalition members against each other in their internal power struggle serve as a blueprint for opposition groups to attack their opponents and the government.

15 October 2019

Internet censorship in Sudan: Rethinking laws and tactics that served an authoritarian regime

Sudan's transitional authorities have taken small steps toward improving the climate for internet freedom in the country— but these remain inadequate.

14 October 2019

Zimbabwe government continues to weaponize information online to control citizen engagement

As a former state security minister, president Mnangagwa appreciated the importance and value of disinformation in Zimbabwe’s political terrain. 

11 October 2019

Netizen Report: Iraq and Ecuador face network shutdowns amid public protests

Networks are down in Turkey, Iraq and Ecuador; US tech companies are cutting off Venezuelans; and gatekeepers continue holding back content related to Hong Kong protests.

Google removes Hong Kong protester role-playing game from its Play Store

The mobile game, entitled "The Revolution of Our Times", provides details on the political context leading up to the protests with a map on key protest sites in Hong Kong.

Nigerian journalist Omoyele Sowore remains in jail on trumped-up charges of treason and insulting the president

Rights groups see Omoyele Sowore's continued detention and the charges filed against him as merely a criminalisation of political dissent in Nigeria. 

10 October 2019

Bangladesh regulator blocks engineering university webpage containing reports of student abuse

The Telecommunication Regulatory Commission blocked an online page where over 175 complaints were anonymously made by current and former students of the top engineering university of the country.