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Stories about Censorship

23 January 2017

Russia Says No to Political Crowdfunding by Individuals

RuNet Echo

Russia's version of PayPal is shutting down the transfer of money to individuals collecting funds for political purposes—a decision that will undermine one presidential bid to challenge Putin in 2018.

Hardliners Pressuring Rouhani to Ban Popular Telegram App, This Time for 2017 Election

Global Voices Advocacy

“This (the internet) isn’t freedom. It’s the worst kind of bondage. Polluted anti-religious networks are functioning in this country because the organizations in charge are not doing their jobs.”

China Officially Outlaws Unauthorised VPNs

Global Voices Advocacy

The Chinese government has been blocking some VPN services in China since 2015, but the current policy has officially made unregistered VPN and web-hosting services illegal.

21 January 2017

A Persecuted Bangladeshi Writer Gets a New Life in the US. But Exile Isn't Easy.

“I feel that I am in exile not just physically, my mind is also in exile."

20 January 2017

Netizen Report: Bahrain Orders News Outlet to Stop ‘Using Electronic Media Tools’

Global Voices Advocacy

Israeli lawmakers give nod to ‘Facebook Bill’, Oman suspends free speech cases against Facebookers, and Kenyans fear an election day Internet shutdown.

19 January 2017

Bahrain Intensifies Media Crackdown Ahead of Protest Anniversary

Global Voices Advocacy

On 16 January, the government banned the online edition of the country’s only independent newspaper al-Wasat, from "using electronic media tools".

Bhutan's Authorities Ban Film for ‘Misusing’ Religious Masks on Screen

"This narrowed minded decision is not just a ban against the film but a decision against the freedom of expression and creativity in Bhutan."

17 January 2017

Dissent and Solidarity: When Iran Mourns One of the Fathers of Its Revolution

Massive crowds gathered in Tehran on January 10 for the funeral of Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who led a paradoxical career as a revolutionary and figure of moderation.

15 January 2017

Kyrgyz Security Services Declare War on President’s Facebook Critics

Global Voices Advocacy

“Now many Internet users have a common passion — to get on this list."

13 January 2017

Israel Advances New ‘Facebook Bill’, Threatening Free Speech

Global Voices Advocacy

Between October 2015 and January 2016 alone, Israel arrested 150 Palestinians on the grounds of "incitement through social media."

12 January 2017

Kenyans Fear a Possible Internet Shutdown During 2017 Presidential Election

Global Voices Advocacy

Kenya would be not the first country in Africa to shut down its Internet during elections -- Uganda and The Gambia have already gone this far.

11 January 2017

For Telegram Users, Iran's Registration Requirement Boosts State Snooping Powers

Global Voices Advocacy

Telegram is Iran’s most popular messaging application and host to some 170,000 Iranian-owned channels. The new policy will require owners of popular channels to register with the government.

10 January 2017

Will 2017 Be a Better Year for Turkey's Media?

Global Voices Advocacy

Turkey's government continues to conflate journalism it doesn't like with terrorism and other crimes against the state.

2 January 2017

The Best and Worst of Russia's New Year's Laws

RuNet Echo

Every year, the Russian State Duma schedules laws to come into effect on January 1st. RuNet Echo marks the highlights and lowlights of the 2017 New Year's laws.

30 December 2016

Russia's Five Most Memorable Censorship Moments of 2016

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

As 2016 comes to a close, RuNet Echo looks back at the five most controversial, infamous, and even ironic actions this year by Russia's federal censors.

There Were Many Bright Spots to Be Found Amid the Doom and Gloom of 2016

Here's a list of 41 Global Voices stories about the strength and creativity of the human spirit, proving that 2016 wasn't an annus horribilis through and through.

Bangladesh Blocks 560 Porn Sites

Global Voices Advocacy

Bangladesh is a Muslim-majority country, where many people have expressed concerns about the spread and consumption of online pornography. But it is also a democracy.

In 2016, a Toxic Political Smog Spread Over China and Hong Kong

Global Voices Advocacy

What's worse? Environmental smog or political smog?

29 December 2016

A Year of Violence in Bangladesh

Global Voices Advocacy

Groups linked to ISIS, Ansar Al Islam or Ansarullah Bangla Team have claimed responsibility for violent attacks on intellectuals and regular citizens. What does this mean for the future?

‘The Long Arms of the Kremlin?': Kazakh Man Goes to Prison for Insulting Vladimir Putin on Facebook

Global Voices Advocacy

With traditional media in the country heavily restricted, social media is an obvious forum for information warfare between the Kazakh nationalists and ethnic Russians.

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