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· March, 2016

Stories about Censorship from March, 2016

31 March 2016

Thailand Stops Journalist From Attending World Press Freedom Day in Finland

"If junta thinks forbidding me to travel abroad would silence me then they're mistaken. I will continue to scrutinize and criticize them."

30 March 2016

Netizen Report: Ethiopia’s Zone9 Bloggers Go Back to Court


Chinese dissidents’ families torn apart over party controversy, courts in Morocco and Ethiopia drag out trials against advocates, and Russian tech moguls launch a new center for monitoring "information attacks".

29 March 2016

Moscow Police Banned From Discussing Work Matters on Social Media

RuNet Echo

VKontakte, Facebook, Twitter, Telegram and WhatsApp are now officially off limits to Moscow police officers who want to discuss work-related matters or exchange official law enforcement data.

Chinese Police Tear Families Apart Over Letter That Demanded President's Resignation


An open letter urging China President Xi Jinping to resign has triggered a rash of political persecution against the family members of Chinese dissidents living abroad. Germany-based writer and Deutsche...

28 March 2016

March 2016 Marks a Time of Change and Rage for Japanese Television Broadcasting

Japanese broadcasters heading for the exit are using their remaining airtime to highlight the government's increasingly autocratic approach to press freedoms.

26 March 2016

Center for Monitoring Propaganda and Disinformation Online Set to Open in Russia

RuNet Echo

Russia already has agencies that oppose and respond to cyberattacks, but the center's creators say it would be the first of its kind, monitoring and preventing information attacks online.

25 March 2016

Russian Censors Target Public Wi-Fi Spots in Crusade Against Blocked Websites

RuNet EchoAdvox

Russian censors are now policing public Wi-Fi in places such as cafes, shopping malls or public libraries, to make sure ISPs are blocking access to websites that are officially banned.

China Shuts Down Communist Party News Site, Arrests 20 Over Call for Xi Jinping's Resignation


Though the letter was only online for a few hours, it is viewed as a direct challenge to Xi Jinping's leadership from party insiders.

Aliyev's Toys, or the Treatment of Political Prisoners in Azerbaijan


"Our hostage life is over. We are free now! I wish freedom to all our friends remaining behind bars."

24 March 2016

Albanian Activists Rally Against a ‘Concrete’ End for Tirana's Last Public Park

"...the voice and perspective raised by numerous civic movements has met with outright arrogance by the Tirana Municipality authorities..."

Everyone is Fair Game in Turkey's New War on Terror

"This is just insane!#AcademicsForPeace signee, Assistant Prof. Esra Mungan is held in solitary confinement in jail."

23 March 2016

Netizen Report: Congo Shuts Down All Communications on Election Day


Bahrain court slams social media satirist in absentia, circumvention tools take another hit in Russia, and Facebook is off the hate speech hook in Germany (at least for now).

Yahoo Reports First Content Removal Requests from the Russian Government

RuNet EchoAdvox

This is the first time Yahoo has reported receiving Russian requests requests to remove user-generated content from services such as Flickr and Yahoo Groups.

19 March 2016

Netizens Mock Mark Zuckerberg's Love Affair with China


"Mark, you have six people in your running team. Did you apply for authorisation to run on the street? If not, this is illegal in China."

17 March 2016

Russia Plans to Fine Websites for ‘Propaganda’ of Circumvention Tools

RuNet EchoAdvox

The Kremlin is so worried about internet circumvention tools it now seeks to make mere mentions of them illegal and introduce fines for "propaganda" of ways to access blocked websites.

16 March 2016

Netizen Report: Uganda and Nigeria Seek Stricter Controls for Social Media


Thuggery runs rampant in the MENA region, Chile bans spy balloons and Google gears up to expand implementation of the "Right to Be Forgotten."

‘Nude’ Photos of Australian Aboriginal Women Trigger Facebook Account Suspensions


Facebook has been attacked over its suspension of people in Australia for posting a photo of topless Aboriginal women performing a public ceremony.

14 March 2016

Hear That? The Global Voices Podcast Is Back.

After a three year break, the Global Voices Podcast is back. In this edition, we take you to Mexico, China, Tajikistan, Macedonia and Russia.

Between Hashtags and Memes, Bolivian Leaders Push for Social Media Regulation


A draft law that would regulate social media -- with criminal consequences for its violators -- has sparked intense debates among Bolivian citizens.

Bahrain Arrests Activist Zainab Al Khawaja Along With Her One-Year-Old Baby

"#Bahrain seems to be tightening noose on dissidents, just don’t understand why one-year-old child is arrested."

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