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· January, 2015

Stories about Censorship from January, 2015

23 January 2015

Hong Kongers Should Have the Right To Be Forgotten, Says HK Privacy Commissioner

Advox

Commissioner Chiang argues that concerns about the policy infringing on freedom of expression are "overblown".

22 January 2015

WhatsApp, Line and Tango in Jeopardy in Iran, As President and Judiciary Clash

Advox

Culture Minister Ali Jannati refused to say if the government would implement the ban on three messaging services. They currently remain accessible to Iranians.

15 January 2015

Sketch Comic Faces Accusations of ‘Glorifying’ Terrorism in Spain

Advox

The day after the attack on Charlie Hebdo in France, a Spanish judge summoned satirist Facu Díaz for questioning about a satirical sketch broadcast on his online TV show.

14 January 2015

Kremlin-Owned Internet Search Engine Filters Out ‘Charlie Hebdo’ Results

RuNet EchoAdvox

Earlier today, Russian Internet users discovered that Sputnik.ru returns almost no image-search results for “Charlie Hebdo” (in Latin script or Cyrillic), whatever one’s “moderation” settings.

10 January 2015

Intel Shuts Down Its Russian-Language Developer Forums

RuNet Echo

Intel's decision could create an important precedent, showing how easily new RuNet regulations spill into seemingly innocuous blogging activities.

9 January 2015

Australian Police Arrest Activist Wearing ‘I'm With Stupid’ T-Shirt

On the same day as the Charlie Hebdo tragedy in Paris, Queensland police arrest an activist at a political event who was wearing an 'I'm with stupid' T-shirt.

Russia Investigates VKontakte User for Posting Ukraine-Related Content

RuNet Echo

Russian authorities are investigating a Yekaterinburg woman on charges of "inciting hatred and violence" for posting links to content about Ukrainian Euromaidan protests on the social network VKontakte.

8 January 2015

What Drives Blasphemy Charges in the Middle East? (It's Not Just Religion)

Advox

Sentenced to death for his online writing, Mauritanian blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed is yet another victim of a repressive government using “apostasy” pretexts to crack down political speech.

7 January 2015

Şanar Yurdatapan's Museum of Crimes of Thought Takes Aim at Growing Oppression in Turkey

Sanar Yurdatapan, renowned Turkish composer, song-writer and activist talks about his Museum of Thought Crimes online initiative, which aims to document violations committed by government against pro-democracy forces in Turkey.

Chinese Police Are Buying Spyware — And Posting Their Purchase Orders Online

Advox

Netizens now can see exactly what surveillance tools police are using, and exactly how much they paid for them.

A Look Back at ‘Eastern Ukraine Unfiltered’

RuNet Echo

With hindsight, the title of this interview series is a bit of a misnomer. The truth is, of course, that everyone has a filter.

6 January 2015

Indian Netizens Criticize Online Censorship of ‘Jihadi’ Content

Advox

Indian netizens are speaking out against censorship in the face of government blocks on Github, Internet Archive, Vimeo, Sourceforge and other popular sites.

Eastern Ukraine Unfiltered, By the Numbers

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo has interviewed and profiled 12 bloggers, citizen journalists, and social media users in Eastern Ukraine and Crimea. Here's how that breaks down.

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