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21 April 2017

The Day Russia Outlawed Jehovah's Witnesses

RuNet Echo

It’s strange to see this in writing, let alone know that it’s true, but here it is: Russia has formally banned Jehovah's Witnesses.

14 April 2017

Can Russia Protect Its Journalists From the ‘Homegrown ISIS’ in Chechnya?

RuNet Echo

Alexey Venediktov, one of Russia's most prominent journalists, says the Russian government appears to have allowed a “homegrown ISIS” to emerge under its nose in Chechnya.

12 April 2017

Iran's Election Race Sees a Popular President Up Against Ahmadinejad and the Supreme Leader's Favourite Cleric

"In the name of God, I have got election stress. Conditions for moderates have now deteriorated."

10 April 2017

Russia Blocks Walkie-Talkie App Zello As Truckers Strike

RuNet Echo

Russia's media regulator has announced plans to block Zello, a mobile push-to-talk app that Russia's long-haul truckers are using to organize protests—including to coordinate an ongoing three-week strike.

7 April 2017

As Protests Escalate, Web TV and News Sites Are Censored in Venezuela

Global Voices Advocacy

Multiple web TV channels that had been broadcasting protests in Caracas have been inaccessible since the morning of April 7.

4 April 2017

Hungary Fast Tracks Legislation to Boot Out Central European University

On April 4, the Hungarian government adopted an amendment to new legislation on higher education that might bring an end to the Central European University.

After Moving Servers to Russia, LiveJournal Bans ‘Political Solicitation’

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

LiveJournal releases a new user agreement, revealing what steps it's taking to adjust to its new existence as a blogging platform in full compliance with Russia’s stifling Internet laws

2 April 2017

International Fact-Checking Day Celebrated Worldwide: #FactCheckIt!

Fact-checkers around the world have declared April 2 as a day dedicated to verification and truth. Are you with them?

31 March 2017

Russian Web Censor Cracks Down Ahead of Next Anti-Corruption Protests

RuNet Echo

In the wake of the largest opposition protests since 2011-12, Russia's prosecutor general is cracking down on the organizers of demonstrations planned for April 2.

17 March 2017

After Planting the Caribbean in Our Collective Imagination, Sir Derek Walcott, ‘One of the Great Poets of All Time’, Has Died

"He showed that even the most humble village on a tiny island on the fringes of the world could be a place of epic beauty and significance."

13 March 2017

Macedonians Mourn Folk Singer Vanja Lazarova, Whose Plight Inspired Facebook Activism

Vanja Lazarova became part of digital activism history in Macedonia after her tough circumstances late in life inspired the innovative use of Facebook as a tool to petition the government.

12 March 2017

Reckless Diplomacy: Turkey-Netherlands #TulipCrisis Is Scary Viewing for Minorities in Europe

A rally, a crackdown and a diplomatic standoff that stands to benefit nationalist politicians in both countries, but almost no-one else.

Georgian Town of Batumi Suffers Riots Over a Parking Ticket, Local Grievances

Social media users have been tweeting about the situation in the city under the hashtag #BatumiRiots.

10 March 2017

Russia Adds First-Ever Foreign Messaging App to Federal Registry

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

For the first time ever, Russia’s federal censor, Roskomnadzor, has added a foreign online messenger to its “Registry of Information-Dissemination Organizers,” targeting the Swiss company Threema.

Jaysh Al-Islam Is Leading Peace Talks in Geneva, While Clamping Down on Speech in Syria's Eastern Ghouta

The group controlling the region has shut down a magazine and five well-known civil society organisations, according to activists.

21 February 2017

Russia's Censor Suddenly Wants to Know More About Channels on Telegram

RuNet Echo

With help from a Putin-launched political movement, Russia's federal censor met on Tuesday behind closed doors with the authors of several popular Telegram channels. And nobody knows why.

Government in Azerbaijan: It's a Family Affair!

President Ilham Aliyev just made his wife First Vice President. What did your Valentine give you?

15 February 2017

Mystery Oil-Like Substance Pollutes Macedonia and Albania's Lake Ohrid

It's just one of a long list of threats to Europe's oldest lake that are putting its World Heritage designation in jeopardy.

8 February 2017

Soldiers Outnumber Residents in Angola’s Oil-Rich Cabinda, Says Activist Marcos Mavungo

"The crisis is so big, hunger is so bad, illness is so bad that people die like chickens."

7 February 2017

Ukrainian Social Media Users Get Five Years in Prison For ‘Supporting Separatism’

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

The two men were sentenced to five years in prison by a Sloviansk city court for threatening the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

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