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Stories about Censorship

29 April 2016

South Sudan Is a Dangerous Place to Work as a Journalist

"South Sudan: 7 journalists killed in 2015. No killers brought to justice. No explanation from government."

26 April 2016

Russian Prosecutor General Accuses ‘Right Sector’ of Using Social Media to Overthrow the Kremlin

RuNet Echo

The Russian Prosecutor General claims that Ukrainian nationalist group "Right Sector" used the Russian social network VKontakte to organize "mass riots and unsanctioned public events."

Iranian Cartoonist Atena Farghadani's Prison Sentence Reduced From 12 Years to 18 Months

Global Voices Advocacy

"To my cartooning colleagues around the world: let's keep watching and speaking out for Atena Farghadani."

24 April 2016

Azerbaijan's Hunger Games: Independent Media on the Brink

Global Voices Advocacy

"We declare yet again, by opening this absurd criminal investigation the government of Azerbaijan is creating barriers to freedom of speech, and journalism activity."

20 April 2016

Maybe You Shouldn't Be Laughing at the Viral Video of a Chinese Toddler Defending His Grandma

"If your family is humiliated and bullied, wouldn't you stand up to help them? I don't understanding what you are laughing at."

17 April 2016

Tanzania's Cybercrime Act Makes It Dangerous to “Insult” the President on Facebook

Global Voices Advocacy

Tanzanian netizen Isaac Habakuk Emily is accused of posting a controversial Facebook message "insulting" the president of Tanzania.

15 April 2016

LGBT Activists Arrested at Bengali New Year March, Later Released

Global Voices Advocacy

Police held five persons for reportedly suspicious behaviour, alleging that they were trying to initiate a "gay rally".

12 April 2016

A Breakdown of the Current Version of Brazil's Cybercrimes Bill

Global Voices Advocacy

Following criticism, the Commission made some changes to the most controversial elements of the legislation. But a battle still lies ahead.

11 April 2016

Under Brazil's Cybercrime Bill, Social Media Sites Could Become ‘Permanent Agents of Vigilance’

Global Voices Advocacy

"If somebody insults a politicians on a social media platform, the platform will be obligated to remove the content in a maximum of 48 hours."

Iranian Blogger Struggles for Health and Freedom After 18 Days on Hunger Strike

Global Voices Advocacy

Anti-censorship activist and blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki has been on hunger strike since March 26, and his health is deteriorating rapidly.

10 April 2016

The Naked Truth About Censorship In Uzbekistan

"All that is left is for her to act in a porn movie and disgrace her nation in front of the world. This girl is a shame to the nation."

7 April 2016

Russian Censors Have New Advice for Media Outlets On How to Cover Suicide

RuNet Echo

Roscomnadzor's advice to Russian media outlets reporting on instances of suicide is based on recommendations from the WHO, but needs "more work" to be in line with the Russian legislation.

6 April 2016

In Kenya, Banned Music Video Celebrating Same-Sex Love Stays on YouTube

Global Voices Advocacy

The Kenya Film Classification Board has banned the video arguing that "it does not adhere to the morals of the country."

5 April 2016

Wanna Reach the Chinese Internet Market? Time to Register Your Domain in China.

Global Voices Advocacy

New rules will require leading foreign companies including Microsoft and Apple to register their sites' domain names with local DNS providers in order to remain accessible in China.

Chinese Censors Erase #PanamaPapers Evidence From Web

Global Voices Advocacy

The leaked files reveal offshore companies linked to China's top leader, who has vowed to fight "armies of corruption". But most mainland Chinese haven't even heard about them.

Macedonia's Academy of Arts and Sciences Pulls Its Public Debt Clock Following Political Pressure

The issue of public debt in Macedonia, one of Europe's poorest countries, is a touchy one.

Zambian Deputy Minister Attacks Bank Employee Over Facebook Comment

Global Voices Advocacy

The Deputy Minister’s visit reportedly was marked with obnoxious name calling, threats and shouts that shocked clients and security personnel at the bank.

4 April 2016

Posting Photos of Red Bowls on Facebook Is Now Deemed Seditious by the Thai Junta

Global Voices Advocacy

"The Thai junta’s fears of a red plastic bowl show its intolerance of dissent has reached the point of absolute absurdity."

3 April 2016

Facebook Lands More People in Trouble in Kazakhstan

Global Voices Advocacy

'Kazakhstan has drawn criticism ... for what media rights advocates have described as the excessively punitive libel damages sometimes levelled at journalists.'

31 March 2016

Thailand Stops Journalist From Attending World Press Freedom Day in Finland

"If junta thinks forbidding me to travel abroad would silence me then they're mistaken. I will continue to scrutinize and criticize them."

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