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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, 2018

28 February 2018

São Paulo City Hall's Official Facebook Page Is Blocking Users Who Criticise the Mayor

The revelations cast light on the uncharted legal territory of how official digital accounts of public institutions are administrated when they are hosted by private platforms, such as Facebook.

27 February 2018

Censored, But Not Backing Down: Cuban News Site Staff Say They Won't Change Their Editorial Line

Online news magazine "El Estornudo" has been blocked inside Cuba and its editor writes an open letter that can be read in other media outlets inside the island.

23 February 2018

Photoshopped Image of Christ Reveals Limits of Spain's Right to Free Expression

The fine imposed on a young man from Andalucia opened an intense debate about censorship in Spain.

Mexico's Electoral Authority Announces Collaboration with Facebook, Casting Doubt on its Credibility

Social media are accusing the INE of creating "fake news" for having made false claims about an agreement with Facebook.

One Country, Two Leaders and Four Censored TV Channels: Kenya's Political Crisis Takes a Toll on Human Rights

The illusion of an independent Kenyan media that is free from state interference has evaporated.

22 February 2018

Netizen Report: Mexican NGOs Push for Independent Investigation of Malware Attacks

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

India's Investigation Agency ‘Defines’ Duties of a Journalist After Arresting Kashmiri Photojournalist Kamran Yousuf

"Indian authorities must stop trying to crush the independent press in the Jammu and Kashmir region. Authorities should immediately release Kamran Yousuf."

Laughing in the Face of an Internet Shutdown In Bangladesh

"To stop the leaks, better to cancel the exam rather than shutting the internet down. Then you won't have to worry about leaks anymore."

21 February 2018

Censorship in Serbia Hits a New Low After Newspaper ‘Edits’ an Obituary

A Serbian newspaper censored part of an obituary of a graphic artist, which noted that one of his last works was a book about censorship.

Tunisian Security Forces Target Journalists Covering Anti-Austerity Protests

The press in Tunisia is "too free," Tunisian president Essebsi said at a joint press conference with French president Macron on 31 January.

20 February 2018

Serbian Journalists Face Harassment for Investigating Spending by Defense Minister (and His ‘Aunt From Canada’)

In spite of threats, investigative journalists keep demanding accountability from Serbian Minister of Defense Aleksandar Vulin.

17 February 2018

What Do Argentinians Give Up in Exchange for “Free” WiFi in Buenos Aires?

"The average Argentinian it doesn't [care], as long as they are given free wifi they will accept anything, 'in the end they have nothing to hide.'"

16 February 2018

‘They Fear Pens, Not Guns': Turkish Journalists Sentenced to Life in Prison

With 155 journalists serving jail time because of their work, such sentences are becoming routine for Turkey's embattled independent media community.

Social Media Giants Are at the Center of a Censorship Scandal in Russia — Again

RuNet Echo

The latest manifestation of online platforms being targeted for censorship by government entities

15 February 2018

Netizen Report: In Leaked Docs, European Commission Says Tech Companies Should Self-Regulate on Harmful Speech

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

14 February 2018

In Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, Network Shutdowns Leave Civilians Unreachable — And Unable to Call for Help

Without telecommunication networks, residents of the North Sinai "cannot report injuries and they have limited access to emergency services.”

13 February 2018

‘We Want the World to Know': Activists Reporting on Occupation Face Legal Threats in Western Sahara

Local journalists and media activists reporting on the occupation and Moroccan abuses face legal obstacles and risk lengthy jail sentences in order to make their voices heard.

10 February 2018

After Alleged Election Fraud and Protests, Honduran Congress Moves to Regulate Hate Speech Online

Hondurans fear censorship as congress debates Internet and social media regulation.

How Apple is Paving the Way to a ‘Cloud Dictatorship’ in China

Now Apple that has kowtowed to the CCP, how long will other tech companies be able to resist the pressure?

9 February 2018

Brazil's Largest Newspaper Quits Facebook, Accuses it of Harboring ‘Fake News’

Folha's editor accused Facebook of "...banning professional journalism from its pages in favour of personal content and opening space for ‘fake news’ to proliferate."