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· December, 2014

Stories about Censorship from December, 2014

31 December 2014

Protests, Blackouts, and a Bill of Rights for the Internet: Advox in 2014


In 2014, the Global Voices Advox team covered more stories than ever before. From Egypt to Ethiopia to Tajikistan to Turkey, our authors wrote what they saw on the ground,...

30 December 2014

Indians Plead for #NetNeutrality as Airtel Raises Data Charges


Although plans are now on hold due to regulatory restrictions, advocates worry that the company may yet find a way impose the fee increase.

29 December 2014

Pro-Democracy News Site's Relaunch After Umbrella Revolution Raises Eyebrows in Hong Kong


House News' founder shut down the site in July, saying he was 'terrified' of political pressure from Hong Kong and Beijing authorities. He's now rebranded the site as Stand News.

22 December 2014

Facebook and Twitter ‘Won't Block’ Navalny in Russia, As Kremlin Continues to Block Protest Mentions

RuNet Echo

Tv Rain reports Facebook and Twitter have decided not to block any more Navalny protest pages, aware that this might mean their whole websites may be blocked in Russia.

20 December 2014

Navalny Protest Rally Facebook Event Page Blocked in Russia

RuNet Echo

Just one day after supporters of Putin critic Alexey Navalny set up a Facebook event page for a protest rally in his support, the page has been blocked in Russia.

Mexican Soap Opera's Gay Couple Thrown Back into the Closet on Brazilian TV

Brazilian SBT channel has cut out scenes and changed dialogue in its rebroadcast of the Mexican telenovela “Sortilegio” in order to hide the romantic relationship between two male characters.

18 December 2014

The Russian Internet Is Not Free. A New Tax Might Make It Even Worse.

RuNet EchoAdvox

The Russian government is now considering its own variant of an Internet tax, and wants to make all Russian Internet users pay for consuming copyrighted content online.

Freedom of Speech is a Top Target in Erdogan's War on the ‘Parallel State’


In Turkey, 31 journalists and police officers are being charged with directing and founding and belonging to an armed terror organisation.

17 December 2014

Serbia Arrests 11 Foreign Human Rights Activists Ahead of Protest

Amnesty International has requested that Serbian authorities release eleven activists from Bulgaria, Finland, and Slovakia who were in Serbia to hold peaceful protests during the CEE-China Summit in Belgrade.

11 December 2014

Fear of ISIS Threatens Media Freedom in Kyrgyzstan


A Kyrgyz media outlet refused government requests to delete a reposted video of Kazakh children training in ISIS camps. Now it is partly blocked in both countries.

Jailed Female Photo Journalist on Hunger Strike in Vietnam


Convicted of plotting to "overthrow" the Vietnamese government, Minh Man was sentenced to nine years in prison. Now she is on hunger strike.

10 December 2014

Azerbaijan's Image Cracks with Arrest of Watchdog Journalist


The arrest of investigative journalist Khadija Ismayil, on trumped up charges, will test the limits of Azerbaijan's gleaming global image.

9 December 2014

A New Filtering System Could Slow Down RuNet. And Then There's the Censorship

RuNet EchoAdvox

Internet filtering at ISP level might become reality in Russia by the end of 2014. This would slow down Internet speeds and introduce more surveillance and censorship in the RuNet.

Why Going Viral Was a Source of Fear for One Hong Kong Citizen Journalist


Hung Lai Fong published an article under her real name about Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests, and when it became widely read, she began to fear retaliation from China.

Russian Prosecutors Say Man's Reaction to Ethnic Riot Was Hate Speech

RuNet EchoAdvox

Konstantin Sankov stands accused of "calling for hostile acts against a group defined in terms of national identity." If convicted, he could go to prison for 5 years.

4 December 2014

China's Censorship Authorities Are Not Fans of Foreign TV


Two popular subtitling sites closed their doors at the behest of Chinese authorities. Netizens and TV fans are angry about the decision.

Ukraine's New “Ministry of Truth” Ridiculed on Social Media

RuNet Echo

The creation of a new Ministry of Information Policy within the Ukrainian government has caused widespread consternation among Ukrainians, leading critics to dub it the "Ministry of Truth."

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