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Stories about Advox from December, 2018

31 December 2018

Censored in 2018: Protest videos, court verdicts, real news — and Peppa Pig

From blocked websites to revoked media licenses to account shutdowns, censorship comes in many forms. Here are a few we saw in 2018.

27 December 2018

Venezuelans shudder at news of biometric ID deal with Chinese tech giant

The Reuters report that revealed the role of Chinese company ZTE in Venezuela shook the networks but surprised just a few.

22 December 2018

Report says hackers detected online protest-sniffing software in Kazakhstan

The software was allegedly developed with help from Russia's security services.

Netizen Report: Bangladeshis see censorship on all sides as elections approach

Bangladesh is blocking websites, Sudanese telcos are blocking WhatsApp and Slack is kicking Iranians off the platform, even when they're not in Iran.

20 December 2018

In Cardinal George Pell's sexual abuse trial, Australian court fails to suppress the ‘nation's worst kept secret’

"The alleged suppression order on #georgepell is allowing fake news and hearsay and speculation take the place of reputable news sources."

17 December 2018

What do Chinese internet users think of Google's ‘Dragonfly’ project?

Internet users remain divided over whether or not Google's supposed return to China is a good thing -- or not.

100 days for Alaa: Family of Egyptian activist counts the days until his release from prison

Alaa has been jailed or investigated under every Egyptian head of state who has served during his lifetime.

16 December 2018

Anti-violence protests continue in Belgrade, after journalist survives assassination attempt

Protests are estimated to have doubled in size after Serbian president vows "never" to meet demonstrators' demands.

14 December 2018

Russian reporter who faked his own murder named a ‘person of the year’ by TIME magazine

RuNet Echo

TIME ignored the murder of three journalists while including a staged one. Why couldn’t both be included?

12 December 2018

Serbian internet users ridicule disinformation broadcast by pro-government media

Local media misinformed the public about the scale and scope of the protest, sparking a cascade of online criticism.

11 December 2018

Crackdown in Beijing: ‘Using Twitter is more dangerous than street demonstrations’

The number of Twitter users who have been directly threatened by authorities is estimated to be in the hundreds or even more.

Singapore government threatens critics and independent media with defamation claims

"How can a prime minister be offended by someone sharing a Facebook post?"

10 December 2018

Lebanese journalist goes on trial for covering migrant worker abuse allegations

Lebanon's Cybercrimes Bureau also asked him to sign a pledge to not speak about the case again, but he refused.

6 December 2018

New internet laws in Russia — and US tech giants’ acquiescence — spell trouble for dissenting voices

RuNet Echo

These new laws and rules, along with other laws regulating the collection of online user data, makes it difficult to use online platforms to voice discontent in Russia.

3 December 2018

Netizen Report: Who else is being silenced in Saudi Arabia?

Jamal Khashoggi's murder forces light on other abuses in Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh blocks Skype and China goes after Twitter users.

Macedonia's former ruling party organized a trolling apparatus for spreading hate speech, threats

In a TV interview, a former Macedonian government official revealed that the former party created and is still actively running online "troll farms".