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Stories about Censorship

20 June 2018

A fridge, a kettle and a farm. Metaphors abound in Turkey's troubling presidential election

Humor has emerged as a potent weapon for incumbent Recep Tayyip Erdogan's main electoral rivals. He is not amused.

15 June 2018

Research reveals malicious digital campaign against Pakistani human rights defenders

Advox

The Amnesty International report reveals that a network of social media fake accounts are used to infiltrate the activists communities in Pakistan.

13 June 2018

Leading independent websites go dark as Tanzania’s ‘blogger tax’ deadline approaches

Advox

"It is not only a self-censorship license but a way to become the state's tool to censor others (contributors) civic right to express."

12 June 2018

Telegram channel administrator could get death penalty for “insulting the Prophet”

Advox

Article 262 of Iran’s Islamic Penal Code dictates that “Anyone who swears at or commits qazf [slander] against the Great Prophet [of Islam]...shall be sentenced to the death penalty.”

8 June 2018

Jogging through Tiananmen Square: What happens when Facebook meets China's censorship regime?

Advox

"The floor you stepped on has been covered by blood from students who fought for democracy. But, enjoy your running in China, Mark."

Whether or not Papua New Guinea bans Facebook, critics say free speech still under threat

Advox

"If the government is serious about protecting its citizens, then creating an environment where they can safely use the internet should be the goal, not blocking parts of it altogether."

Netizen Report: In another blow for free speech, Egypt’s parliament passes cybercrime law

Advox

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

1 June 2018

Videos allege Indian media houses promised to favor Hindu nationalism in exchange for cash

Advox

The videos come amid a rapid rise of "fake news" websites in India that seem intended to promote religious and communal tension.

Netizen Report: Uganda’s ‘WhatsApp tax’ and SIM card regulations will make it harder to stay connected

Advox

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

25 May 2018

Russian anti-corruption activists are jailed for ‘inciting riots’ based on their tweets and retweets

RuNet EchoAdvox

"...here goes another 'organizing a rally by retweet.' Looks like this time they’re just locking up everyone."

24 May 2018

Mexico's new copyright law allows censorship of online content, rights advocates warn

Advox

The Mexican chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation warned that the approved changes "criminalize the act of publishing" and "legalize acts of violating the fundamental and constitutional rights..."

19 May 2018

Netizen Report: What do Iran, Pakistan and Russia have in common? They all ban Telegram.

Advox

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

18 May 2018

Was Bangkok Post editor Umesh Pandey fired for mismanagement or political pressure?

Advox

"I rather lose my position than to bow my head."

In the fight against pro-Kremlin bots, tech companies are suspending regular users

RuNet EchoAdvox

Tech companies' one-size-fits-all approach to bot-hunting seems to have dragged a number of innocent victims in its nets.

Kazakhstan's hunt for supporters of tycoon Ablyazov gets absurd and goes abroad

From blue balloon scares to arrests in neighbouring countries, the chase gets more farcical as it gets more serious.

16 May 2018

Following pressure by security forces, Beirut Pride 2018 is “suspended for the time being”

"Lebanon has always been known for respecting diversity and claims to be an inclusive country for ALL its citizens, despite their differences."

11 May 2018

Netizen Report: Gambia Supreme Court ruling leaves the future of free speech uncertain

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

Burundi's contentious constitutional referendum reflects deeper political problems

Whether a sign of independence or authoritarianism, Burundi's constitutional referendum appears to have further cemented divisions.

9 May 2018

As Russia's government effort to ban Telegram falters, digital activists are pranking the censorship agency

RuNet EchoAdvox

Tech-savvy Russians are having fun at the censorship agency's expense while it's attempting to ban their favorite messenger.

Hijabs and mini-skirts: What not to wear in Tajikistan

Tajikistan issued a pictorial guide showing the "recommended" dress for women, and promised to do the same for men as well.

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