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· July, 2015

Stories about Censorship from July, 2015

30 July 2015

German Digital Rights Pioneers Investigated for Treason

Advox

The last time a German journalist was charged with treason was in 1962, when the editor-in-chief of Der Spiegel was prosecuted for publishing secret documents about the German defense forces.

Azerbaijan's Political Prisoners, the State and its Secret Society

What is with the rows of passive spectators literally taking up space at the trials of the country's most high-profile political prisoners?

How China's Online Civilization Army Turned a Youth Street Fight into a Patriotic Struggle

Advox

"They just pick quarrels and fights all day long. Today vow to execute this and tomorrow execute someone else. Such patriotism is not loving one's country but hating one's country."

28 July 2015

Russian Censors Threaten to Shut Down Business Website for Writing About Bitcoin

RuNet EchoAdvox

Officials today told a Russian business-news website that it must delete or edit within the next three days an article it published about bitcoins.

Russia to Web Anonymizers: Shut Up and Go Away

RuNet EchoAdvox

Russian censors are now officially adding anonymizing websites to their blacklist registry, on the grounds they enable access to extremist content that is already blocked in Russia.

24 July 2015

As Ukraine Bans Russian TV Shows for ‘Propaganda,’ Local Channels Put Up a Fight

RuNet Echo

With Ukraine banning a number of Russian TV shows that "glorify the Russian government, military, and law enforcement," Ukrainian television channels are already looking for loopholes in the new legislation.

23 July 2015

Russia Says Twitter Doesn’t Need to Comply With Its New Data-Localization Law

RuNet EchoAdvox

State officials have announced that Twitter can ignore a new law coming into force that will require online services to store all Russian user data on servers located inside Russia.

22 July 2015

Russia's Internet Censor Threatens New YouTube Block

RuNet EchoAdvox

Roscomnadzor says the latest block, spurred by uploaded unauthorized copies of two Russian TV shows, may make all of YouTube unavailable to some RuNet users at the end of July.

21 July 2015

The Kremlin's Favorite Pundit Is Waging War on Facebook

RuNet Echo

Russian news anchor Dmitry Kiselyov, famous for his vociferously pro-Kremlin punditry, recently appeared, disappeared, and reappeared on Facebook and Instagram. RuNet Echo explains what that means for Russia.

20 July 2015

China Blocks Telegram Messenger for ‘Aiding Rights Advocates’

RuNet EchoAdvox

Chinese state-run newspaper People's Daily accused Telegram of aiding human-rights lawyers and advocates, who allegedly used the app and its "Secret Chat" mode to engage in “anti-government" activity.

18 July 2015

President Putin Signs Russian ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Into Law

RuNet EchoAdvox

Vladimir Putin signed the "right to be forgotten" search engine law into force, while publicly coming out in support of "minimal restrictions" for the Russian Internet.

17 July 2015

Psychologist Leaves St. Petersburg University After Pressure from Anti-LGBT Group

RuNet Echo

The St. Petersburg State Pediatric Medical University has dissolved a sex-change medical board, and apparently fired Dmitry Isaev, the doctor who headed the commission, following an anti-LGBT campaign.

14 July 2015

Arrests of Sunni Extremists in Bahrain Go Unnoticed

Bahraini authorities have arrested several ISIS members in the kingdom amid a media blackout. ISIS supporters take to Twitter to threaten the government.

13 July 2015

Ethiopians React to Bloggers’ Release With Compassion, Criticism

Advox

Supporters of the Zone9 blogging collective are expressing both joy and bitterness at the release of some -- but not all -- of the bloggers from prison last week.

11 July 2015

Russian Social Networks Start Courting Russian Users Sick of Censorship on Facebook

RuNet Echo

Following several scandals in Russia and Ukraine, where Facebook has censored dozens of popular bloggers, Russia is now witnessing an effort to recruit people back to homegrown social networks.

Journalists Arrested for Covering Cairo Car Bomb Explosion outside the Italian Centre

One man was killed and several journalists were arrested after a car bomb explosion outside the Italian Centre in downtown Cairo today.

Serbian Authorities Take Control of A Man's Facebook Account Following Alleged Threats Against PM Vucic

10 July 2015

Legalizing the Great Firewall: China's New Cyber Security Law Would Codify Censorship, Shutdowns

Advox

A new comprehensive cyber security law in China would legalize censorship, authorize network shutdowns, and make real-name registration mandatory.

9 July 2015

ISIS Hacks Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Website and Threatens its Director

Moscow Street Musicians Tape Their Mouths Shut to Protest Police Pressure

RuNet Echo

Moscow street musicians are protesting what they say are illegal police detentions and exorbitant fines that violate their artistic rights and freedoms.

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