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Stories about Censorship

21 October 2016

Russian Search Engine Will Only List Top News Stories from State-Registered Media

RuNet Echo

Yandex is coming under pressure to register with Roskomnadzor, the state agency that regulates Russian media.

Netizen Report: As Protests Rage in Ethiopia, Zone9 Bloggers Return to Court

Global Voices Advocacy

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

19 October 2016

Chinese Netizens See Human Rights Violations in Child Protection Bill

Global Voices Advocacy

The new regulations attempt to protect children by requiring hardware companies to install surveillance software on their devices, and by promoting treatments for "Internet addiction."

13 October 2016

Netizen Report: Brazilians Find the Limits of Free Speech on Facebook

Global Voices Advocacy

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Cuban Journalist Elaine Diaz and Colleagues Arrested For Reporting on Hurricane Matthew “Without a Permit”

Global Voices Advocacy

Diaz confirmed late in the evening on October 12 that she and colleagues were released from police custody and returning to Havana.

11 October 2016

Ethiopian Authorities Shut Down Mobile Internet and Major Social Media Sites

Global Voices Advocacy

Those close to the situation fear this may be the beginning of a dangerous new phase after 12 months of protests.

The Plight of the Zambian Watchdog: Embattled Opposition News Site Goes Down

Global Voices Advocacy

The closure and the raid may represent a turning point in a long-standing cat-and-mouse game between the government and the controversial news website.

Chinese Propaganda Authorities Promote Clinton-Trump ‘Love Song’ Spoof Videos

Global Voices Advocacy

Since they can't stop people from following the news, propaganda authorities are focusing on the more absurd aspects of the race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

9 October 2016

Indonesia Drafts New Ban on Cyberbullying, But Activists Say They're the Target

Global Voices Advocacy

"The cyber law is used as an effective tool to spread fear against voices who want to unmask injustices in this country."

WhatsApp Reportedly Blocked in Yemen, Mobile Operator Cites ‘Technical Issues’

Global Voices Advocacy

Censorship of online content has surged in Yemen since the beginning of the conflict opposing Houthi rebels and forces loyal to president Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.

5 October 2016

Chinese Authorities Shutter ‘Gongshi’ Intellectual Website, Leading Netizens to Ask: Is This ‘The End of Consensus'?

Global Voices Advocacy

"The authorities want us to shut down the website, saying that the platform had spread wrong ideas. With dismay, we shut down. This is my report."

As Violence Escalates in Ethiopia, Zone9 and Other Prominent Bloggers Face New Legal Threats

Global Voices Advocacy

Seyoum Teshome, a prominent member of the embattled community of Ethiopian online writers was arrested last Friday. Meanwhile, the Zone9 bloggers are scheduled to return to court on October 21.

3 October 2016

Venezuelan Government Jails Video Producers on Charges of ‘Instigating Rebellion’

Global Voices Advocacy

A video intended to make the Venezuelan military reflect on the impact of their increasing power in Venezuela has landed its producers in jail.

30 September 2016

In Tanzania, Expressing Political Opinions on Social Media is Becoming Increasingly Dangerous

Global Voices Advocacy

Since President John Magufuli won the presidential election in October 2015, 14 people have already being arrested and charged for insulting the president on social media.

26 September 2016

Jordanian Authorities Impose Media Gag After Writer's Killing

Global Voices Advocacy

Jordanian authorities have banned media coverage of the assassination of Nahed Hattar, a writer who was shot dead on September 25 by a gunman in the capital Amman.

This Soviet Cartoon Was Too Much for Romania’s Communist Censors

According to the documentary "Chuck Norris vs Communism," Romania's state censorship board actually banned scenes from an episode of the classic Soviet cartoon "Nu Pogodi."

22 September 2016

Netizen Report: Internet Shutdowns Are Ever-Present in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula

Global Voices Advocacy

While telecommunications cuts continue in North Sinai, Russians contemplate a porn-free Internet and a Kuwaiti royal faces jail time for insulting the emir on Snapchat.

19 September 2016

He Supported Bombing Syria a Little Too Eagerly, Now RuNet Pioneer Faces Prison

RuNet Echo

Anton Nossik faces two years in a penal colony for saying that Syria should be "Wiped from the Face of the Earth."

16 September 2016

That Time Russia Banned Online Porn (Again)

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

The two pornographic metropolises of the Internet, PornHub and YouPorn, were banned in Russia this week. ISPs are required to comply with the ban within 24 hours.

15 September 2016

Netizen Report: In Cuba, Text Messages With Controversial Content Are Disappearing

Global Voices Advocacy

Journalist repression is on the rise in Cuba, Saudi bans LINE, and Russian authorities jail gamer for offending religious people, Pokemon-style.

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