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· April, 2017

Stories about Breaking News from April, 2017

28 April 2017

The Last Time This Many People Went on Strike in Brazil It Was 1996

Protesters are taking a stand against a series of austerity reforms hastily pushed by Brazilian President Temer, who enjoys a substantial legislative majority and support from businesses, despite sinking popularity.

High-Profile Chinese Blogger Arrested for Online Comments, After Years of Police Harassment

Advox

Under China's "stability control" measures, it is increasingly common for netizens who are critical of the government to be summoned or detained by police.

Indian Government Bans 22 Social Media Platforms in Kashmir including Facebook, WhatsApp

Advox

"By presenting the other side to the Kashmir storyline, the locals once again were able to own....the highly complex and conflicted Kashmir narrative."

26 April 2017

Russian Protest Movement Says It Will Press On, Despite Federal Ban

RuNet Echo

Despite being outlawed today by the Attorney General, opposition movement “Open Russia” says it’s continuing all operations, including plans for nationwide anti-Putin protests this Saturday.

25 April 2017

Russian Authorities Want Easy Access to Online Dating Logs

RuNet EchoAdvox

Do you hope to find love in Russia? If so, and you’re planning to use the Internet to meet people, the pursuit could be less private than you maybe hoped.

23 April 2017

Maldives Blogger and Activist Yameen Rasheed Stabbed to Death

“So-called 'Paradise on Earth' has no public safety for it's citizens. Tomorrow, it could be me, you, or any of us," wrote a Facebook user.

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

Advox

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

In Venezuela, Activists Document Protests and Share Protection Tactics

Advox

"Human rights violations don't have a time limit...Record for the future, when there will be democracy."

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 EchoAdvox

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

3 April 2017

Taxi Drivers, Ordinary Citizens Offer Free Rides in Wake of St. Petersburg Attack

RuNet Echo

After an attack forced authorities to close down the St. Petersburg metro, the city's residents came through for each other in a big way.

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?