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6 September 2017

Iran's Foreign Minister Says He Won't Tweet in Persian Because of Twitter Censorship

The rhetoric of the Rouhani administration is giving off less hope for online freedoms, and the popular foreign minister's statements about not tweeting for Iranian audiences has increased concerns.

In Quest for ‘Ideological Security’, China Pushes to Extend Communist Party Influence Inside Tech Firms

Until recently, companies had no obligation to participate in Communist Party activities. But now informal political pressure to do so is getting stronger and stronger.

Gauri Lankesh, a Journalist Who Was Critical of India's Right Wing, Is Gunned Down Outside Her Home

"In fact, this is an assassination on democracy. In her passing, Karnataka has lost a strong progressive voice..."

4 September 2017

50 Shades of Erdogan's Propaganda

The enemies of Turkey's authoritarian government are everywhere and state propaganda is taking on an increasingly absurd hue.

1 September 2017

Macau Journalists Told to Write More Positive Stories in Wake of Deadly Typhoon

"...we only saw the government busy clearing the noise, using ridiculous reasons to refuse entry to outside journalists; and [compelling] multiple local outlets to conduct self-censorship..."

31 August 2017

India’s Latest Internet Shutdown Hits Haryana and Punjab

According to the New Delhi-based Software Freedom Law Centre, India has seen 106 internet shutdowns since 2012.

Netizen Report: Vietnam Targets ‘Illegal Cyber Information’ — and Political Speech

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

India’s Supreme Court Says Privacy Is a Fundamental Right. How Did This Happen?

A series of citizen petitions attempting to challenge the implementation of India's Aadhaar biometric ID system preceded the historic court decision.

30 August 2017

The Evolution of China's Great Firewall: 21 Years of Censorship

Technically speaking, circumvention technologies have outwitted the Great Firewall. Yet the new legal regime has changed the rules of the game.

29 August 2017

Murdered Mexican Journalist Cándido Ríos: ‘Our Weapons Do Not Shoot Bullets. Our Weapons Shoot Truth’

"His tireless efforts to denounce injustice brought him popularity among readers, but also enemies like the former mayor of Ríos' hometown Hueyapan, who threatened him with death several times."

28 August 2017

Chinese Tech Firms Are at the Cutting Edge of Artificial Intelligence — But at What Cost?

China has a more open attitude toward new technology, but is their success built upon a lack of awareness of individual rights?

27 August 2017

Cambodia Shutdown of Media Outlets: Tax and Licensing Issue or Censorship?

"It appears that the Cambodian government has been using legal technicalities to hide behind its real aim of silencing independent voices."

China to Ban Anonymous Online Comments, Blacklist Users

"With or without real name registration, they know who you are. What they intend to do is to make you fearful."

25 August 2017

Venezuelan Government Wants to Regulate Hatred on Social Media

Today, with an all-powerful ANC composed solely of representatives from the governing party, it seems unlikely that anything will be able to stop the law from being approved.

Chinese Police Arrested a Man for Complaining About Hospital Food. Netizens Say It’s Police Abuse.

Even state-affiliated media outlets are criticizing police actions against a man who publicly complained about the price and quality of food at a state hospital.

Macedonian Citizen Fined 400 Euro For Insulting Turkish President Erdoğan on Facebook

A Macedonian court ordered a person to pay 400 euros for writing "ironical statements and insulted a leader of a foreign country."

24 August 2017

‘Privacy is a Fundamental Right': Advocates Hail India's Supreme Court Ruling

The ruling followed multiple citizen petitions that challenged the government's move to make Aadhaar -- India's national digital ID system -- mandatory for various social welfare benefits.

18 August 2017

In Paraguay, Your Health Data and Credit Records Can Be Used Against You

The uncontrolled use of personal data means your financial past and health information can be used against you when applying for jobs, enrolling in schools and much more...

Malaysian Political Cartoonist Zunar Sues Police for Unlawful Arrest, Seizure of Books

"You can ban my books, you can ban my cartoons, but you cannot ban my mind. I will keep drawing until the last drop of my ink."

‘You Can Lock Up Our Bodies, But Not Our Minds': Hong Kong Court Sends 16 Activists to Prison

"The appeal and jail sentence is a form of institutional violence and political suppression – it has ‘created’ the youngest group of political prisoners since the handover."

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