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Stories about Censorship

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 EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

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.

21 April 2017

A São Paulo City Councilor Surprised Schools With an Inspection for ‘Leftist Indoctrination’

Fernando Holiday was inspired by the Escola Sem Partido (School Without Party) campaign, which divides opinion in Brazil.

20 April 2017

Netizen Report: Mexican Journalists Were Threatened Online, Then Killed

Global Voices Advocacy

Kashmiris see more cuts to basic communications services, a Japanese artist gets fined for her 3D vagina art, and Thailand tells Facebookers to "unfollow" state critics.

Critics Say Albanian Parliament Is Trying to Amnesty Crooked Politicians, Under Pretext of Judicial Reform

Following protests, Albania's president has rejected legislation that could have spared the hides of many corrupt politicians. But it could still become law, regardless.

17 April 2017

Pick Your Poison? Russian Orthodoxy or Banishment From Social Media

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Critics of Vitaly Milonov, perhaps the most reactionary social conservative in the Russian parliament, have vowed to get him banned from Vkontakte, where his “online status” features an “illegal expression.”

16 April 2017

Voting Is Underway in Turkey's Referendum. What Is at Stake?

The rules of the game may be on the brink of changing in Turkey, in a way that could disproportionately favour the strongest player.

14 April 2017

Censorship Undressed: Iranian State TV Cuts Broadcast Mid-Sentence

Global Voices Advocacy

In an unusual broadcasting flub this week, Iran's official state media network cut off the live video feed of a reporter in mid-sentence, censoring election coverage.

13 April 2017

Netizen Report: Censorship Spikes After Venezuela’s ‘Self-Inflicted Coup’

Global Voices Advocacy

Venezuelan journalists face rising threats amid protests, Russia blocks Zello, and Southeast Asian lawmakers use ‘fake news’ fears to justify censorship.

10 April 2017

How a Teenager's Mysterious Death in China Is Eroding Public Trust in Authorities

"To prove netizens' version of the story wrong is not difficult. Authorities just need to release more information and the rumors would fall apart"

Satirical News Show ‘China Uncensored’ Censored by Apple in Hong Kong and Taiwan

"There is no point in disputing your app store decision with respect to mainland China…but Hong Kong and Taiwan [...] operate under independent legal systems."

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.

News Website Cameraman Arrested While Broadcasting Protests in Venezuela

Global Voices Advocacy

"Almost 30,000 people were watching the VPITV broadcast on YouTube when the Bolivarian National Police took the cameraman."

5 April 2017

Netizen Report: Online Battles Break Out Amid Elections in Armenia and Ecuador

Global Voices Advocacy

LiveJournal bans "political solicitation" in Russia (its new home), Google contemplates a return to China, and Bangladesh's telecom regulator rejects a proposed Facebook bedtime ban.

Russian Lawmakers Want to Ban Kids From Social Media, Require ‘Real Name’ Registration

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Lawmakers in the St. Petersburg area want to purge online social media of all children under the age of 14, and eliminate Internet anonymity.

4 April 2017

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

3 April 2017

Criminal Case Against Indian Poet Provokes Controversy Over Speech Rights

Global Voices Advocacy

The poem was posted on Facebook on World Poetry Day — but its verses were not welcomed by everyone.

1 April 2017

A Brazilian Judge Demands a Blogger's Sources, Testing the Limits of Media Freedom

Global Voices Advocacy

Judge Sergio Moro later reversed his decision, but the action highlighted the weakness of the legal protection mechanisms of citizen journalists in Brazil.

31 March 2017

Back in the USSR?: Critics Say Draft Legislation Puts State Above Rights in Kazakhstan

"Can we designate people that leave their rubbish bags lying around outside their apartment doors enemies of state interests and remove their citizenships?"

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