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Stories about Censorship

22 September 2016

Netizen Report: Internet Shutdowns Are Ever-Present in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula

Global Voices Advocacy

While telecommunications cuts continue in North Sinai, Russians contemplate a porn-free Internet and a Kuwaiti royal faces jail time for insulting the emir on Snapchat.

19 September 2016

He Supported Bombing Syria a Little Too Eagerly, Now RuNet Pioneer Faces Prison

RuNet Echo

Anton Nossik faces two years in a penal colony for saying that Syria should be "Wiped from the Face of the Earth."

16 September 2016

That Time Russia Banned Online Porn (Again)

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

The two pornographic metropolises of the Internet, PornHub and YouPorn, were banned in Russia this week. ISPs are required to comply with the ban within 24 hours.

15 September 2016

Netizen Report: In Cuba, Text Messages With Controversial Content Are Disappearing

Global Voices Advocacy

Journalist repression is on the rise in Cuba, Saudi bans LINE, and Russian authorities jail gamer for offending religious people, Pokemon-style.

14 September 2016

Ukrainian Ministry of Information Policy Thanks Facebook Bots for Their Hard Work

RuNet Echo

The Facebook bot war between Ukraine and Russia rages on. Will the Russian government find a way to crack down on spammers?

Chinese Police Violently Crack Down on Protests Against an Elected Village Leader's Imprisonment

Residents believe Lin Zuluan was forced into confessing that he took a bribe because he had planned to protest land seizures taking place without the village's consent.

10 September 2016

Kashmir: Where ‘Digital India’ Ends

Global Voices Advocacy

Two months without internet is a long time. For Kashmiris, rather than a security measure, it feels more like collective punishment.

8 September 2016

Netizen Report: With Gabon's Internet Shutdown, Activists Confront Challenges of Circumventing Censorship

Global Voices Advocacy

Bhutan makes headlines in Facebook defamation case, Paraguay uses censorship to protect children from the Internet, and Iran enters talks with French telco Orange.

6 September 2016

Cuban Journalist and LGBT Activist Sacked for Working With Non-State Media

Global Voices Advocacy

"It doesn’t matter where you publish, even if it’s just on your blog. We will always be reading what you write."

5 September 2016

Turkish Academicians Call for Solidarity Amid Post-Coup Attempt Witch Hunt

"I believe a denunciation mechanism is in action. Everyone is trying to take advantage of the current atmosphere to reinforce their power."

Indians Ask: Is Visiting a Torrent Site Really A Crime?

Global Voices Advocacy

"Thousands of cases pending, criminals roaming scott free. That's fine. Lets arrest people who download #torrents"

2 September 2016

Iran Declares ‘Unveiling’ of Its National Intranet

Global Voices Advocacy

Iran declared a grand "unveiling" of its national internet. But what's really new here? We analyze the project and the government performance around its so-called "unveiling".

‘Spy’ Trial Against Macedonian Journalist Is Postponed Amid Calls for His Release

"Such cases are intended to punish the disobedient journalists and intimidate and discipline the others."

30 August 2016

Journalist Jean Bigirimana Is Still Missing as Burundi's Political Crisis Continues

Global Voices Advocacy

The government's denial of Jean's detention has left his friends and colleagues fearful that authorities may be concealing information on his whereabouts or death.

The Burkini Ban Is Only Skin Deep

The Bridge

By focusing on a law governing what women can and can't wear, we're missing the deeper point of the argument.

24 August 2016

Independent TV Station and Two Community Radio Stations Suspended Amid Disputed Elections in Zambia

Global Voices Advocacy

"Zambia is slowly becoming a court room. We all must be careful when we speak out on issues of national interest."

22 August 2016

Say Hello to Thailand’s New Constitution. And Say Hello Again to Thailand’s Military Rule.

By all accounts, Thailand’s new constitution boosts the dominance of the military, threatening to institutionalize even further a culture of censorship and state control over the media.

In India, a Nationalistic ‘Witch Hunt’ Targets Journalists Who Exposed #BabyLift Trafficking Operation

Global Voices Advocacy

According to its constitution, India is a secular republic with freedom of expression, but it also prohibits anything that hurts religious or ethnic sensitivities.

20 August 2016

Defying Web Censors, Chinese ‘Worship’ Toads to Mark a Former State Leader’s 90th Birthday

"While the toad's era was not free, it looked better than [Xi's] era...Chinese people worshiping the toad is similar to prisoners in confinement, missing their brief outdoor recess."

18 August 2016

Snapchat Filters Allow Sexual Assault Survivors in India to Share Their Stories Anonymously

"Praise be to HT's mobile editor Yusuf Omar for turning a pointless innovation into a powerful upliftment tool."

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