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Stories about Advox from May, 2019

30 May 2019

Detention of Gaspard Glanz is a sign of France’s increasingly authoritarian treatment of journalists

The French government is increasingly using security and defense secrets as excuses for clamping down on journalists. The industry has pushed back.

27 May 2019

Russia: Kommersant staff walk out in protest of censorship, triggering journalism ethics debate

RuNet Echo

The entire politics desk of Kommersant, several dozen people in total, has since resigned out of solidarity with their colleagues.

Right to Information: With its new law in place, will Ghana go the way of Nigeria?

Nearly two dozen African countries have passed Right to Information laws. But while strong in principle, many have faltered in practice.

26 May 2019

How Chinese tech workers are organizing the online #996 labor movement, despite risks of censorship

In contrast to other social movements and memes on the Chinese internet, #996 has taken shape largely on GitHub.

25 May 2019

Papua New Guinea PM pushes proposal for social media regulation, citing need to stop ‘fake news’

"The fact is you can't control platforms were information is circulated, attempts to do such undermines the role of democracy and freedom that is enshrined under the constitution."

21 May 2019

Afghanistan's Mina Mangal: ‘A strong, self-made woman’ gunned down in broad daylight

The prominent journalist-turned-parliamentary advisor hinted that she needed protection. No one stepped in to provide it.

17 May 2019

Netizen Report: Amid WhatsApp attacks, advocates launch legal challenge against Israeli malware maker

Spyware makers exploit a security flaw in WhatsApp, Singapore bans false information and Somalia plans to shut down social media during school exams.

16 May 2019

Facebook posts trigger more arrests in Bangladesh, worrying netizens

Two people were arrested on May 14 and 15, for comments they had posted on Facebook. The arrests have sparked indignation and concern on social media in Bangladesh.

15 May 2019

Singapore parliament approves ‘anti-fake news’ law — will this curtail free speech?

The law gives broad, unchecked powers to government ministers to determine what online information is "false" and should thus be censored or corrected.

Dear European Commission: Don't let political parties use our data to manipulate the vote

Rather than protecting individuals’ rights, exceptions to the GDPR in some countries are limiting freedom of expression, eroding privacy, and abetting the spread of disinformation.

11 May 2019

Netizen Report: Widespread throttling puts social media out of reach in Kazakhstan

Social media is faltering in Venezuela, throttled in Kazakhstan and back in action in Sri Lanka.

10 May 2019

Tencent's new game shows how censorship rules are implemented in China

The new regulation compels game publishers to promote Chinese values, culture and images through their games.

9 May 2019

Is Stella Nyanzi ‘weaponizing the vagina'? Ugandan feminist goes to court in free speech case

On her quest for good governance, Stella Nyanza is "unflinching in her criticism of the Ugandan government" and unafraid to tackle taboos around sex, gender and LGBT rights.

8 May 2019

Mauritanian blogger escaped the death penalty, but remains behind bars

Ould Mkhaitir was prosecuted for writing an article in which he criticised the role of religion in Mauritania’s caste system.

Despite the release of detained Reuters reporters, free speech remains under threat in Myanmar

"...the case of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo is proof that journalists are in constant risk of political reprisal for keeping power in check."

Mozambican journalists are released pending trial, after months in detention

Amade Abubacar and Germano Adriano were in detention since January, but were only formally charged on 16 April. Now they must await trial on probation.

6 May 2019

Ugandan regulators order 13 media outlets to suspend staff over coverage of opposition figure

The Ugandan regulator says media houses that fail to comply with their directive could have their licenses revoked.

4 May 2019

Too big to be anonymous? Russian journalists unmask a famous anti-Kremlin blogger, sparking ethical debate

RuNet Echo

StalinGulag’s posts are usually acerbic, profanity-laden critiques of Russia's political system, generating thousands of likes and retweets.

3 May 2019

Why is Twitter blocking state accounts in Venezuela?

The unique public value of accounts like these -- even if they are spewing hateful or partisan vitriol -- is worth considering.

2 May 2019

Venezuela's political crisis is intensifying and censorship is on the rise

Food, water and electricity are increasingly scarce, as is access to communication networks.

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