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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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Stories about Advox from February, 2016

28 February 2016

Saudi Arabia Sentences Twitter User to 10 Years in Prison and 2,000 Lashes for Apostasy

Saudi Arabia has sentenced a Twitter user to 10 years in prison in addition to 2,000 lashes for publishing 600 tweets "which spread atheism" online.

The Malaysian Insider News Website Blocked by Authorities for Posting ‘Unverified’ Report on Government Corruption

"Such unilateral action could also be construed as an attempt to intimidate the media against running critical news reports."

27 February 2016

Anti-Extremism Police in Yakutia, Russia, Say They Have Ways of Finding You on WhatsApp

RuNet Echo

WhatsApp messenger is hugely popular in Yakutia—and the anti-extremist police force are on it.

25 February 2016

Ukrainian Court Equates Social Network Profile With Mainstream Media

RuNet Echo

The social media pages containing "calls to overthrow authorities" were determined by the court to be "mass media" because they were public and accessible to an unlimited number of people.

24 February 2016

Egyptian Writer Ahmed Naji Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for His ‘Sexually Explicit’ Novel

Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji has been sentenced to two years in prison for publishing a chapter of his "sexually explicit" novel in a magazine.

22 February 2016

Hard Labor for Woman Who Reposted Online Criticism of Russia's Actions in Ukraine

RuNet Echo

A Russian court found Vologzheninova guilty of "discrediting the political order" and of "inciting enmity" by reposting or liking online material critical of Russia’s actions in Crimea and in Donbas.

21 February 2016

Ghanaian Facebook Commentator Sued For Defamation by Deputy Attorney General

'Is there any fundraising effort to support our brother Evron Rothschild Hughes fight this impudence of a libel suit filed against free speech by Ghana's Deputy Attorney General?'

18 February 2016

A Blogger Exposes Personal Data Protection Flaw on Macedonia's Election Commission Website

"The mishap is at a very amateurish level from the perspective of professional principles of working with personal data on the open Web."

17 February 2016

Netizen Report: Medium Stands Up for Malaysian Investigative Journalists

The Malaysian government is now blocking the blogging platform Medium, in an apparent effort to censor the Malaysian investigative news organization Sarawak Report.

16 February 2016

Bangladeshi Authorities Arrest Publisher and Shut Down Book Fair Booth for ‘Hurting Religious Sentiments’

Bangladesh’s constitution enshrines the right to free expression, and atheists have the same rights as other citizens. But authorities have done little to stop attacks against those critical of religion.

13 February 2016

A Colombian Official Takes Short-Lived Legal Action Against a Journalist Over His Tweets

"...limitation of freedom of expression must be necessary and proportionate, that is, it must be the only and most effective means, something which is not true in this case."

Malaysian Police Threaten Internet Users for Sharing Clown Memes of Prime Minister

"Public scrutiny is part of the democratic process that serves as the foundation of Malaysia. Satirical images and comments made against government official[s] should not be considered as a crime."

12 February 2016

Satirists React to Arrest of Prominent Egyptian Cartoonist Islam Gawish

Egyptian cartoonist Islam Gawish was detained briefly for running a website without a license and drawing cartoons with "political connotations." He was released after a backlash on social media.

11 February 2016

The Troubling Rise of Internet-Related Arrests in Cambodia

"They do plainly illustrate a deeply troubling trend, whereby those who criticize the political elite are routinely being arrested for expressing their views on social media."

An LGBT Blog Is Suspended Over Mention of Cuba’s 1960s-Era Labor Camps

"I honestly hoped it was a technical glitch...I don't know how this 'defames the Revolution,' as the judgment issued to us says."

Kremlin Censor Finally Brings Down the Hammer on the RuNet’s Pluckiest Freedom Advocates

RuNet Echo

Government censors have blocked the website of Russian digital rights organization RosKomSvoboda for a page with instructions on how to circumvent online censorship and access blocked websites.

Netizen Report: The EU Wrestles With Facebook Over Privacy

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

9 February 2016

‘A Good Day for the Internet Everywhere': India Bans Differential Data Pricing

Indian Telecom Regulatory Authority bans differential data pricing and Facebook's large plans for Free Basics come to an end.

3 February 2016

Netizen Report: From Egypt to Kenya to Venezuela, Online Political Speech Feels Riskier Than Ever

Social media activists face legal threats in Africa and Latin America, Malaysia blocks Medium over corruption coverage, and Saudi pulls back death sentence for Palestinian artist Ashraf Fayadh.

ISPs Take Kremlin to Court Over Online Surveillance

RuNet Echo

“We’ve found a couple of brave providers that are ready to come with us on a crusade against SORM,” announced Leonid Volkov, co-founder of the Society for Defending the Internet.