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Stories about Advox from December, 2016

30 December 2016

Russia's Five Most Memorable Censorship Moments of 2016

RuNet Echo

As 2016 comes to a close, RuNet Echo looks back at the five most controversial, infamous, and even ironic actions this year by Russia's federal censors.

Bangladesh Blocks 560 Porn Sites

Bangladesh is a Muslim-majority country, where many people have expressed concerns about the spread and consumption of online pornography. But it is also a democracy.

In 2016, a Toxic Political Smog Spread Over China and Hong Kong

What's worse? Environmental smog or political smog?

29 December 2016

A Year of Violence in Bangladesh

Groups linked to ISIS, Ansar Al Islam or Ansarullah Bangla Team have claimed responsibility for violent attacks on intellectuals and regular citizens. What does this mean for the future?

‘The Long Arms of the Kremlin?': Kazakh Man Goes to Prison for Insulting Vladimir Putin on Facebook

With traditional media in the country heavily restricted, social media is an obvious forum for information warfare between the Kazakh nationalists and ethnic Russians.

Iranian Civil Rights Defender Continues Hunger Strike, Protesting His Wife's Arrest For Fiction Writings

The campaign to free civil rights defender Arash Sadeghi has reached a critical point. Two months into his hunger strike, many worry Sadeghi's life is on the line.

23 December 2016

When They Censored Messaging Apps on Election Day, Montenegrin Regulators ‘Acted Legally’

Political oppositionists and prominent members of the country's civil society say the government's crackdown on social media harmed Montenegro's freedom of expression at a time when it was most needed.

Former Kuwaiti Lawmaker Sentenced to 42 Years in Jail for Tweets, ‘Insulting Saudi Arabia’

Dashti is a critic of Saudi Arabia, in particular its war in Yemen. He is also known for his controversial support of the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad

22 December 2016

Netizen Report: Threats on Civil Society Reach New Heights in Macedonia, Egypt

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

Assaults on Rights Activists Harm Civil Society — And Saudi Arabia's Progress

Saudi Arabia's ongoing crackdown on peaceful activism is depriving activists of their freedom and basic rights -- and it's costing the kingdom the work and creativity of its brightest reformists.

21 December 2016

Macedonia's Ruling Party Lashes Out at Civil Society After Contested Elections

Flyers naming civil society members (so-called “traitors”) were distributed in the mailboxes and under windshield wipers throughout the capital, Skopje. Others were targeted on social media.

Thailand’s New Computer Crimes Law Threatens Free Speech and Encryption

"The law's most serious shortcoming is in its giving too much power for authorities to make their own judgement whether certain actions may be deemed in violation of the law."

17 December 2016

What Are People Naming Their Kids in Mexico?

Did you know there are Mexicans named "Christmas Day" or "Yahoo" and that -- to make matters worse -- online bullying violates their privacy?

16 December 2016

#FreeMaxenceMelo: Authorities Charge Tanzanian Whistleblowing Website Owner Under Cybercrimes Law

"Mentioning 'Tanzania' and 'democracy' in the same sentence amounts to subjecting the term 'democracy' to ridicule."

Netizen Report: Discussion Platform Founder Arrested in Tanzania

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

14 December 2016

Belarus Moves to Block Tor in Fight Against Online Anonymity

RuNet Echo

Belarus is ramping up efforts to crack down on Tor. But does Minsk actually have the ability to block the anonymity network?

13 December 2016

The High Cost of Algeria's Crackdown on Speech: Life and Freedom

Will the Algerian government acknowledge the high cost of silencing its critics before more lives are lost or destroyed for a mere Facebook post?

12 December 2016

Netizen Report: Sudanese Activists Sustain Calls for Civil Disobedience, Despite Arrests

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

Military Trials of Journalists Cast Light on the Taboo of Criticizing the Army in Tunisia

Laws allowing military courts to handle cases involving citizens, including journalists and bloggers, continue to hold back Tunisia's democratic reforms.

9 December 2016

Two Young Activists Get 10 Years in Jail Each After Graffiti on Azerbaijan Patriarch's Statue

"I don’t want to be remembered by apologising in my final statement. I refuse to see myself as a prisoner. I am a lover of freedom."

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