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19 July 2019

Netizen Report: In Nigeria and Russia, laws against online ‘insult’ put internet activists on thin ice

Activists in Nigeria and Russia face charges for "online insult", a Twitter campaign targets "anti-Pakistan" journalists abnd Mauritania’s internet is back on, for now.

17 July 2019

How Nigeria uses the law to repress free speech: The case of journalist Jones Abiri

Draconian legislation often used to arbitrarily detain journalists and dissenting voices exemplifies the precarious state of press freedom and free speech in Nigeria.

16 July 2019

Kremlin's new law against ‘online disrespect’ proves hard to implement

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The law allows courts to fine or jail people found guilty of making “insulting statements” towards the authorities online.

15 July 2019

Chinese-Australian writer Yang Hengjun still detained by Beijing after six months

There have been concerns that he has not received adequate support from the Australian government.

11 July 2019

Nigerian students face cybercrime charges for criticising their university online

A former staff member described Madonna University as a ''death trap''.

9 July 2019

‘A dangerous trend': Pakistani journalists critical of the government and military targeted in Twitter campaign

As if threats from the authorities against press freedom in Pakistan were not  enough, online nationalist vigilantes are also on the pry against journalists.

China’s censored histories: The struggle to carry memories of the Tiananmen Massacre into the future

Chinese internet users circumvent censorship on 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre with artworks, music and memes.

8 July 2019

Post-election crackdown in Mauritania: Internet shutdown lifted, journalist remains in detention

Despite ending a 10-day internet shutdown, the government continues to restrict press freedom and freedom of expression as part of its post-election crackdown.

5 July 2019

Netizen Report: Preventing bias or protecting extremism? Debunking the new US Senate proposal for Silicon Valley

Cuba bans citizens from using foreign web hosts, Iran's internet falters and The Guardian shows that even tourists are subject to targeted surveillance in western China.

Is Cuba trying to outlaw independent media? A new decree will prohibit foreign web hosting

“The law leaves independent media without ‘legal’ hosting options,” said local journalist and Global Voices author Elaine Diaz.

Iran’s Draft Data Protection Act: Too little but not too late

While lawmakers wait to ratify the Draft Act, they must pay heed to international digital rights standards in the new Draft Law for the Personal Data Protection and Safeguarding

4 July 2019

Interview with former Pakistani president taken off air, journalists and activists decry censorship

A recorded interview of former president Asif Ali Zardari was taken off air shortly after its broadcast began on Geo News television in another incident of censorship in the country.

28 June 2019

Netizen Report: Conflict triggers internet shutdowns in Mauritania, Myanmar and Ethiopia (again)

Struggles for political power in Myanmar, Mauritania and Ethiopia led to widespread shutdowns of internet services this week.

27 June 2019

China's censored histories: The evolving blacklist on Tiananmen Massacre

The blacklist shows an ongoing struggle between those vowing never to forget and authorities attempting to erase this piece of history from collective memory. 

26 June 2019

Turkey’s ‘Academics for Peace’ defend their beliefs from prison cells and exile

Turkish universities are being gutted of critical thinkers while academics serve time for showing solidarity with their fellow citizens.

24 June 2019

Myanmar disables internet access in conflict areas of Rakhine and Chin states

The government and operators did not specify when access to the internet will be restored.

21 June 2019

Netizen Report: Lawyers seek court challenge against Ethio Telecom over internet shutdown

Pakistani bloggers face threats for online speech, Algeria shuts down social media and Indonesian police say they’re "cyber patrolling" WhatsApp.

19 June 2019

Hong Kong press watchdog calls for investigation into police abuse against 26 journalists during protests

"Journalist watchdog recorded 10 cases of police officers firing tear gas bombs at close range towards reporters, 3 of whom were hit on the head."

16 June 2019

Australia’s digital rights advocates and tech sector push back against law undermining encryption

"The new legislation directly targets encryption and basically coerces developers, device manufacturers and service providers to allow the government to spy on people’s encrypted data."

14 June 2019

Indonesia’s post-election riots led to free speech violations

"While we understand the government’s intention to stop the distribution of false information and protect the public, the decision has also inadvertently restricted public’s access to factual information."

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