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· May, 2015

Stories about Censorship from May, 2015

29 May 2015

Pakistan's Media is Silent as Hundreds Protest Government Gag on Bol News Group

Despite protests by journalists outside the Karachi Press Club, Pakistan's vibrant but cutthroat broadcast media industry has been mostly silent on the government's gag on Bol, a new media outlet.

28 May 2015

Did Russia Just Effectively Outlaw Internet Anonymizers?

RuNet EchoAdvox

A Russian court has ruled to block a webpage for being "an anonymizer," raising concerns that tools like Tor and other anonymizing proxy services might soon be banned wholesale.

An Online Joke Captures China's Censorship Practices

27 May 2015

New Messaging App by Iran's Basij Militia Gives State Access to All Conversations

Advox

The app will use servers owned and controlled by the Basij, thus allowing easy access to and monitoring of all user conversations by the paramilitary group and intelligence agents.

Robot Commenters Accidentally Expose Themselves on China's Weibo Platform

Advox

Patrick Wong contributed to this post. Chinese netizens are having a good laugh over the mechanized missteps of government-controlled robot commenters, who have been criticizing messages sent by their own...

26 May 2015

Ukrainian and Russian Users Petition Facebook to ‘Stop Political Blocking’

RuNet Echo

Ukrainians and Russians are petitioning Facebook on the Change.org website to protest what they insist is an ongoing issue: unwarranted and biased blocking of Ukrainian and Russian Facebook profiles.

Dying in Secret: The Ethics of Investigating Russia's Ukraine Casualties

RuNet Echo

A new type of investigative journalism by bloggers is blurring the lines between armchair Internet sleuthing and hard-hitting investigative reporting to uncover information about Russia's role in the Ukraine conflict.

Singapore Bans Music Video for Its Pro-LGBT Content

"How ironic is it that on the same day Singapore bans a song with gay marriage content, Ireland votes in favor of it?"

25 May 2015

Leaked Emails Reveal Details of China's Online ‘Youth Civilization Volunteers’

Advox

'Speak out in a timely way and positively guide mistaken opinions and thoughts in order to grow mainstream thought and sentiment on the Internet.'

23 May 2015

Thailand Police Detains Student Protesters During Coup Anniversary

"We cannot build a democratic society if we lack freedom, liberty, rights, justice, and reconciliation."

21 May 2015

Pakistanis Use Twitter To Raise Their Concerns On The Proposed Cybercrime Bill 2015

Message to an Ethiopian Blogger: Mahlet Fantahun, You Are Not Alone

Advox

"Writing one single blog post is not going to bring Mahlet... out of Kaliti Prison. This is much rather about keeping the process going. Of not staying silent."

Pakistani Company Accused of Running Fake Degree Scam Has a History of Silencing Critics

Many people tried to expose Axact's degree fraud before, the NYT didn't break this story, but this is the first time everyone is paying attention.

Activist Ambassador Lawyer Journalist: What It’s Like to Be Hated Online in Russia Today

RuNet Echo

Earlier this week, Afisha magazine's Nina Nazarova published a collection of fascinating interviews with four public figures who have played major roles online and in the news in Russia.

19 May 2015

Russia Launches ‘Predictive System’ for Monitoring Protest Activity Online

RuNet EchoAdvox

The new Russian software will allegedly be able to spot preparations for protests online long before they happen, and could supply that information to law enforcement, academics and state officials.

Thailand’s Section 44 Could Be Worse Than Martial Law

Thailand is no longer under martial law, but a new security law gave the army broad and 'unlimited' powers in the civilian government.

The Media Is the Message: E-Diplomacy in Egypt

Advox

Egyptian authorities today must figure out how to communicate effectively in the wake of four years of constant regime change.

15 May 2015

Amid “Intelligent” Censorship Discussions, Iran Affirms Facebook Will Remain Blocked

Facebook's Zuckerberg Responds to Ukrainians’ Complaints, But Is His Answer Enough?

RuNet EchoAdvox

Mark Zuckerberg has addressed the appeals of Ukrainian Facebook users for better content moderation and calls to create a dedicated Ukrainian office. His answers seem unlikely to satisfy them.

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