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Stories about Censorship

14 February 2016

‘Georgian Dream’ Looking Increasingly Dreary After Year to Forget

As ex-Soviet Georgia's ruling coalition faces troubled times, it has resorted to some worrying tactics.

13 February 2016

A Colombian Official Takes Short-Lived Legal Action Against a Journalist Over His Tweets

Global Voices Advocacy

"...limitation of freedom of expression must be necessary and proportionate, that is, it must be the only and most effective means, something which is not true in this case."

Malaysian Police Threaten Internet Users for Sharing Clown Memes of Prime Minister

Global Voices Advocacy

"Public scrutiny is part of the democratic process that serves as the foundation of Malaysia. Satirical images and comments made against government official[s] should not be considered as a crime."

12 February 2016

Italy's Gesture of ‘Respectful’ Self-Censorship for Iran Ends Up Offending Italians

"I don’t think President Rouhani would have been surprised to find there were nude statues in Rome."

11 February 2016

The Troubling Rise of Internet-Related Arrests in Cambodia

Global Voices Advocacy

"They do plainly illustrate a deeply troubling trend, whereby those who criticize the political elite are routinely being arrested for expressing their views on social media."

An LGBT Blog Is Suspended Over Mention of Cuba’s 1960s-Era Labor Camps

Global Voices Advocacy

"I honestly hoped it was a technical glitch...I don't know how this 'defames the Revolution,' as the judgment issued to us says."

Kremlin Censor Finally Brings Down the Hammer on the RuNet’s Pluckiest Freedom Advocates

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Government censors have blocked the website of Russian digital rights organization RosKomSvoboda for a page with instructions on how to circumvent online censorship and access blocked websites.

10 February 2016

Chinese Authorities Pressured a Bangladesh Art Summit Into Censoring a Tibet Exhibit

"The underlying threat to this message is: If you do not comply, we will cut economic ties or otherwise make it difficult for you."

5 February 2016

Ukrainian Censor's ‘Explicit Content’ Database Is Up for Grabs

RuNet Echo

Ukraine's now extinct National Expert Commission for Protection of Public Morality accumulated a database of "explicit" content during its tenure—and no one knows what to do with it.

4 February 2016

Political Interference? The Culling of Japan's Broadcasters Culminates in a Respected Journalist's Ouster

"Pressure from the Abe government? All newscasters critical of the government have been taken off the air, one after the other."

3 February 2016

Netizen Report: From Egypt to Kenya to Venezuela, Online Political Speech Feels Riskier Than Ever

Global Voices Advocacy

Social media activists face legal threats in Africa and Latin America, Malaysia blocks Medium over corruption coverage, and Saudi pulls back death sentence for Palestinian artist Ashraf Fayadh.

1 February 2016

Russian Social Network VK Claims to Protect Users From Warrantless Surveillance

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

VKontakte's Ukrainian spokesperson says the social network abhors censorship and only shares user data with secret services when presented with court orders. The website's turbulent history paints a different picture.

30 January 2016

New Ukrainian Draft Bill Seeks Extrajudicial Blocking for Websites Violating Copyright

RuNet Echo

A new bill in the Ukrainian parliament wants to replace the common pre-court notice and takedown procedure for copyright violations online with a faster blocking mechanism bypassing the courts.

28 January 2016

Journalist Claims Australian Broadcasting Corporation Barred Him From Reporting on National Broadband Network

Journalist Tony Ross claims that he was barred by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation from writing about the controversial National Broadband Network .

27 January 2016

Netizen Report: Change is on the Horizon for Iran. But Let’s Not Forget Human Rights.

Global Voices Advocacy

Protesters in Poland say no to unchecked surveillance, Kuwait tightens laws on critical speech, and an exiled Bangladeshi blogger tells his story.

26 January 2016

Activist-Blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki Returns To Jail

Global Voices Advocacy

While much hope and happiness came with the lifting of nuclear sanctions and the release of Iranian-American prisoners in Iran, a blogger and activist returned to jail.

25 January 2016

#Justice4Morocco: 7 Defenders of Free Expression Face Trial

Global Voices Advocacy

Since the mid-2000s, the regime of King Mohammed VI has systematically targeted and persecuted Moroccan citizens working to hold their government accountable to its people.

The Russian Government ‘Embraces’ Transparency

RuNet Echo

Russia is finally embracing transparency—so long as it poses no threat to political stability, writes Andrei Jvirblis in this openDemocracy Russia overview of the Kremlin's open government efforts.

22 January 2016

Russian LGBT Activist Fined for ‘Propaganda of Homosexuality’ Online

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

LGBT activist Sergey Alekseenko was accused of "gay propaganda" after posting a quote from a state regulator's report describing another LGBT community on social media.

21 January 2016

Internet Censorship in Pakistan is Not Just About YouTube

Global Voices Advocacy

If at all, Internet regulation in Pakistan has been based on ad-hoc decisions that are made in the absence of transparency and accountability.

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