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Stories about Censorship

12 December 2017

Right To Information Requests in Sri Lanka Reveals Process for Blocking Websites

Global Voices Advocacy

Information released by the Telecom Regulatory Commission revealed that from 2015 onward 13 websites had been blocked, including a number of websites publishing political news, and a few pornographic sites.

10 December 2017

The Fall of Chinese Internet Czar Lu Wei

If Lu Wei's censorship measures were viewed as selective, Chinese netizens will now find themselves facing a more "comprehensive" online content control system.

5 December 2017

In China, Skepticism Surrounding Police Investigation of Kindergarten Child Abuse Is Censored

"In a matter of a few minutes, thousands of questions popped up...Then in a matter of a few seconds, all the comments vanished and the comment function was closed."

29 November 2017

#DemocracyDefeated: How Indian Right-Wing Groups Stalled A Bollywood Period Drama

Scandal surrounding "Padmavati" film causes Indian BJP leader to call for the lead actor's beheading and draws attention to larger issues of freedom of expression in film.

25 November 2017

Journalists Face the Sharp End of Growing Violence and Insecurity in Afghanistan

Global Voices Advocacy

Authorities are quick to hail the free press as an achievement, but slow to offer it protection.

23 November 2017

Malaysian Authorities Blocked Websites Reporting on Massive Personal Data Theft Scandal

Global Voices Advocacy

"I believe that you have a right to know about it, in a timely manner. Authorities can’t sit on the data for weeks without letting you know on any pretense."

17 November 2017

Jordanian Cartoonist Goes to Trial For Drawing Jesus

Global Voices Advocacy

The cartoon commented on the Orthodox Church in Jerusalem, which sold church property to Israeli settler groups to pay off church debt.

15 November 2017

When Citizens Rejected a Ban on WhatsApp and Telegram, Afghan Officials Backed Down

Global Voices Advocacy

"The order must be immediately withdrawn, otherwise we put Ghani’s name in line with dictators like Putin, Bashar Assad, Kim Jong Un and many more."

12 November 2017

A Look Inside China's Propaganda Bureaucracy

Global Voices Advocacy

How powerful is the Publicity Department of China's Communist Party? This article explores the history, functions, and expanding role of China's propaganda bureaucracy.

10 November 2017

Netizen Report: Memes and ‘Obscene’ Messages Are Under Fire in Indonesia

Global Voices Advocacy

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

9 November 2017

Freedom of Expression or ‘Obscene Representation'? The Case Against Indian Cartoonist Bala G

Global Voices Advocacy

"The incident made me think that my children were burning. I have no words to express my sorrow, so I drew the cartoon out of rage."

3 November 2017

Indonesian Police Go After Social Media Users for Mocking House Speaker

Global Voices Advocacy

"What does it say about....Indonesia when a politician can continue to act with impunity, while somebody who spreads a meme about him gets arrested?"

2 November 2017

Moroccan Journalists Keep Fighting to Cover the Hirak Movement, Despite State Intimidation

Global Voices Advocacy

Journalists reporting on the Hirak protests are facing a myriad of restrictions.

1 November 2017

Activist Faces Imprisonment For His Book Criticizing The Indian River Inter-Linking Project

"Sedition case for writing against river linking! This is a most financially, socially, environmentally disastrous idea."

23 October 2017

In Iran, Music Streaming Sites Soundcloud and Spotify Are Back Online

Global Voices Advocacy

Spotify and Soundcloud are now accessible for Iranians.

Thai Historian Could Face 15 Years in Prison for ‘Insulting’ a 16th-Century King

"The military regime just wants to persecute me. They can do anything. So I achieve equanimity. I’m detached. In fact I pity them. I pity those who have power."

22 October 2017

Serbian Artists Arrested Following Anti-Authoritarianism Art Museum Protest

Activists were arrested for 'insulting' Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić during the re-opening of a modern art museum in Belgrade.

20 October 2017

Netizen Report: Will Egypt’s Jailed Activists Ever See Justice?

Global Voices Advocacy

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

13 October 2017

Netizen Report: Free Speech Is Under Fire in Catalonia’s Push for Independence

Global Voices Advocacy

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

‘Are We Still in the Stone Age?’ Cambodians Express Disappointment as Government Bans ‘Kingsman’ Movie Sequel

"This is ludicrous, I can't believe these so-called experts could not distinguish between fiction and reality."

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