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21 July 2016

Netizen Report: What do Zimbabwe, Kashmir, and Turkey Have in Common? Internet Censorship.

In this edition, we report on #ShutdownZim protests that sparked Zimbabwe to block WhatsApp, the full-on Internet shutdown in Kashmir and ongoing social media censorship in Brazil, Ethiopia and Turkey.

Turkey Adds Wikileaks to a Long List of Blocked Websites

Blocking information is second nature to Turkey's government. But Turkish netizens are still questioning the value of the leak itself.

Chinese Reformist Magazine Shuts Down to Resist Authorities’ Hostile Takeover

"The crackdown on Yanhuang Chunqiu and today's takeover indicates that Xi's government wants to educate its officials into 'fools' like the rest of the society."

20 July 2016

PokéStops or Stopping Poké? Iran Reacts to the Pokémon Go Phenomenon

How has one of the most restricted Internet environments, with censors on platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, reacted to Pokémon Go?

19 July 2016

Iranian Hardliners Want to Stop Blocking Twitter — to Defeat Saudi Propaganda

Iranian hardliners, typically champions of Internet censorship, are calling on the government to stop blocking Twitter in order to counter Saudi Arabian propaganda against Iran.

12 July 2016

Imprisoned in Iran for Posting Jokes on Facebook, A Computer Engineer Awaits His Appeal Verdict

Political prisoners in Iran are routinely singled out for harsh treatment, which often includes denial of medical care.

11 July 2016

#ShutDownZim: Will Social Media Protests Drive Zimbabwe to Build a ‘Great Firewall'?

This is the first time Zimbabwe has staged a "shutdown" over government dysfunction by organizing on social media. But protests could trigger new forms of censorship.

A New Species of Beetle Named After President Xi Is Blacklisted on Chinese Social Media

"An act of ass kissing now turns into ass kicking…"

6 July 2016

Tax Evasion or Political Journalism? Private Newspaper’s Battle With Zambian Government Continues

Unpaid taxes, arrests, alleged police brutality and upcoming elections have convoluted public perspective on whether Zambia's main independent newspaper should be allowed to remain operational.

1 July 2016

Massive Nude Photo Leak Raises Issue of Online Protection Laws in Trinidad & Tobago

Police suspect the leak is part of an online pornography ring, and that some of the photographs are being sold.

Telegram Bug Leaks Russian TV News Station's Internal Chats to Random User

RuNet Echo

Telegram's known security flaws do not explain why Anna Gorbacheva, whose device never belonged to anyone associated with TV Rain, suddenly began receiving notifications of the team's private messages.

29 June 2016

Zanoza.kg: Rising from the Wreckage of Kyrgyzstan's Largest Russian-Language Newspaper

"The information war in Kyrgyzstan is a part of the broader global information war. It has always been and always will be."

27 June 2016

Tanzanian Prosecuted for ‘Insulting’ the President on WhatsApp

Mulokozi is the latest victim of Tanzania's relatively new Cybercrime Law, which attempts to address issues such as child pornography, cyberbullying, online impersonation, and the publication of false information.

23 June 2016

Netizen Report: Russian Authorities Step Up Information Controls in the Name of National Security

A Global Voices author is assaulted in Indonesia, Tanzania continues to prosecute social media users under the Cybercrime Act, and Singapore pulls plug on Internet access for public employees.

Founder of Protest Reporting Outlet Goes Missing in China

Lu Yuyu has been missing since June 15. Yuyu has been reporting news of mass demonstrations in China via his platform "Not in the News" since 2013.

Russian Activists and Industry Speak Out Against New Draconian ‘Anti-Terrorist’ Laws

RuNet Echo

The new comprehensive amendments threaten Russian Internet users' privacy and anonymity by cracking down on encryption and beefing up surveillance measures.

22 June 2016

As Election Day Approaches, Zambia's Largest Independent Newspaper Shut Down by Tax Authority

"The government itself owes contractors, food suppliers, stationery suppliers, pensioners, utility companies, and civil servants and nobody, NOBODY, has shut them down...."

21 June 2016

National Bank of Kenya Takes Blogger to Court for “Defamatory” Blog Posts

The bank took Cyprian Nyakundi to court following a series of critical stories. Nyakundi calls himself a "Kenyan-based blogger who has an interest in politics, governance, corporate-fraud and human-interest stories."

Journalist Couple Attacked in Makassar, Indonesia

In Indonesia, violence against journalist happens regularly. Incidents like these often go unreported in the media, and perpetrators often go without punishment.

19 June 2016

Tanzanian Musician and Activist Maembe Vitali Arrested and Released

"You are not a soldier, you are not a rebel, they should understand that you are just a fighter... Yes, a fighter of a noble cause."

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