Stories about Censorship from May, 2016
Europe Expects Big Progress From Angola Following Prisoner’s Liberation
The liberation of the Angolan activist, Marcos Mavungo, could be the start of the Angolan government respecting human rights, says an EU spokesperson.
The Meteoric Rise of (Recently Censored) Chinese Internet Celebrity Papi Jiang
Only a few days after Internet censors took down most of her clips for foul language, she sold advertising space on her weekly videos for $3.5 million.
Russian Officials Make Plans for an Autonomous, State-Controlled Internet
Although the bill is in its early stages, should it become law, all of the RuNet's critical infrastructure would fall under complete control of the Russian state.
Russian Media and Internet Users Debate the Ethics of Reporting on Teenage Suicide
Russian censors have blocked dozens of communities on social network VKontakte after an ethically murky media investigation accused these communities of pressuring teenage users to take their own lives.
China’s Independent Journalists Face High Risks — And Are in High Demand
Outside the umbrella of the media institution, independent journalists face many risks, but their work is becoming increasingly influential in China's media ecology.
Now's Not a Good Time to Wear a Hammer and Sickle T-Shirt in Indonesia
"Fear of communism, fear of liberalism, fear of LGBT, fear of Chinese and foreign powers: personalities of those with inferiority complexes. Fearing their own stupidity."
Venezuela: Research Confirms Censorship of News Platforms, Currency Websites
The study also confirmed that all local Internet service providers using DNS (domain name system) blocking, technique through which domain name servers respond incorrectly to requests for a particular domain.
The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: The Disappeared
This week, we take you to Ecuador, Uganda, Bangladesh, Ukraine and Pakistan.
Ugandans Are Finally Back on Social Media After Days-Long Blackout
The Uganda Communications Commission ordered the sites blocked for "security reasons" ahead of President Yoweri Museveni's inauguration. Authorities also blocked access to social media during elections in February.
Beijing Police Really Want You to Know a Man Who Died in Custody Was Accused of Soliciting a Prostitute
As if that really matters. The troubling case has left some netizens believing that police are trying to cover up a young environmentalist's death after he was arrested.
Chinese Censors Crack Down on ‘Illegal’ Live-Streaming, Including Erotic Banana Eating
As it is impossible to pre-screen live-streamed content, China's public security bureau has set up a police station at the office of major live-streaming platform to oversee what is broadcast.
Netizen Report: Facebook and Twitter Disappear in Uganda Amid Election Tensions
Mapping “disputed” areas could become a crime in India, Nepal gives Canadian man the boot over controversial tweets and a Russian social mediaite is convicted of promoting “separatism” online.
Were Authorities Really Tricked Into Hosting a Cultural Revolution Throwback Concert? Chinese Are Skeptical.
"It is impossible for 56 Flowers to perform at the Great Hall of the People without prior approval from central authorities..."
Social Media Blocked in Uganda Ahead of President Museveni's Inauguration
"Darkness hovering over Uganda...VPN is the only way to go now"
Russia's 11-Year-Old Internet King
Last month, a mother living in Moscow felt bad for her 11-year-old son. She felt so bad she turned to Facebook, where she appealed to her friends with a request.
Russian Court Sentences Internet User to Two Years Behind Bars for VKontakte Reposts
A court in Tver region, Russia, has sentenced Internet user Andrey Bubeyev to two years and three months in prison on extremism charges for reposts on social network VKontakte.
Canadian Man Forced to Leave Nepal Over Controversial Tweets
Robert Penner, a Canadian man who currently finds himself mired in a controversy about a series of provocative tweets, left Nepal after the Supreme Court postponed his appeal hearing.
Uganda's Defiance Campaign Will Not Be Televised
"Hot on the heels of #WorldPressFreedomDay comes #UgandaMediaGag. Ironic"
Anti-Impunity Activists Say Skopje Marathon Scuffle Is Example of Government’s Violence
"There hasn't been a major incident, but it's obvious that the regime considers even the use of force as a potential weapon."
In Bangladesh, Extremists Use Social and Mainstream Media Data to Target Victims
These series of killings have alarmed critics and intellectuals about the power that main stream and social media sites possess.
Facebook Posts Tell the Tale of a Kazakh Land Reform Furore
As Kazakhstan's economic crisis rumbles on, the authoritarian government's PR blunders go from bad to dangerously worse.