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· August, 2014

Stories about Censorship from August, 2014

29 August 2014

Ukraine Asks Facebook’s Zuckerberg to Discipline Kremlin Bots

RuNet Echo

Ukrainian Facebook users have complained to Mark Zuckerberg himself that their accounts are being blocked on the site in droves—and they're blaming the Kremlin's bot army.

Three Years After the Arab Spring, Tunisian and Egyptian Musicians Continue to Fight Censorship

Hind started the TeMa Rebelle Festival to bring together young socially conscious musicians from the Arab world with their European counterparts so that they would meet and collaborate.

28 August 2014

Activist Blogger in Vietnam Gets 3 Years Behind Bars for ‘Obstructing Traffic’

Advox

A court has sentenced a prominent Vietnamese activist blogger to three years in prison for posing a “serious obstruction to traffic.” Her two other companions will join her behind bars.

27 August 2014

With Body Bags Returning from Ukraine, ‘the War’ Comes Home to Russians

RuNet Echo

At the wrong ends of bullets and bombs, people have been dying in Ukraine for months already. Now there are new signs that Russian soldiers are joining in the bloodshed.

26 August 2014

Two Months After Flooding, Digital Freedoms in Serbia Are Still in Trouble

Advox

In the wake of devastating floods that hit Serbia in May 2014, several local websites that published materials that criticized the government's relief efforts suffered technical attacks.

Macedonian Police Harass Journalists Covering Protests

25 August 2014

Blogger Law Traps Russia's Activists in Limbo

RuNet Echo

The new blogger law's vagueness makes it an extremely potent tool for controlling dissent in Russia.

China Blocks Beijing Independent Film Festival

Leaked Documents Reveal How the Chinese Communist Party Channels Public Opinion

Advox

What exactly do China's online "opinion analysts" do? A recent scandal at Peking University sheds light on the question.

24 August 2014

‘Revolutionary’ Band Laal Speaks Out Against Pakistan's Facebook and YouTube Bans

As Pakistan continues to restrict access to YouTube and Facebook, activist band Laal discusses the silencing effect that these bans have on artists, and discusses the future of free expression.

22 August 2014

Iranian Minister Says Government ‘Never Promised’ to End Web Censorship

Advox

ICT Minister Vaezi's words contradict President Hassan Rouhani's pledge to lift bans on popular social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

20 August 2014

SMS Death Threats Stoke Fears on Fate of Abducted Journalist in Maldives

Advox

The messages came just days before the unexplained disappearance of journalist and democracy advocate Ahmed Rizwan Abdulla.

The Internet Never Forgets: Join a Global Conversation on the EU’s ‘Right to Be Forgotten’

Advox

If the 'Right to be Forgotten' were implemented in your country, would it threaten the public interest? Global Voices editors are asking experts worldwide for their thoughts on the issue.

19 August 2014

Sex, Censorship, and the Internet: Take the EROTICS Survey

Russia's Mockery of Jen Psaki Has Failed

RuNet Echo

One of the RuNet's latest attacks on the U.S. State Department spokesperson reveals how even Russia’s noblest patriots seem to rely on American resources when deriding the White House.

Donetsk's Guerrilla Separatists Kidnap the Ukrainian Guerrilla Artist Who Dared to Mock Them

RuNet Echo

A Ukrainian guerrilla artist who has been stealthily putting up artworks mocking the separatists of the Donetsk People's Republic in the occupied city of Donetsk was captured by the rebels.

17 August 2014

Twitter Popularity Brings No Joy to Self-Dubbed “Shitty Slovyansk” Blogger

RuNet Echo

The information war and the real one have almost become synonymous for a Ukrainian Twitter blogger from Slovyansk, and he is sick of both.

16 August 2014

Iran Vows to Block All “Unlicensed” Websites

Advox

On the day to recognize journalists, Iran's Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance announced that all news websites must henceforth obtain a state license -- or face automatic censorship.

15 August 2014

Russia Just Doubled Its Internet Surveillance Program

RuNet EchoAdvox

At first glance, "SORM 2.0" seems redundant, but the reform of police surveillance online could vastly expand the reach of the Kremlin.

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