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· June, 2016

Stories about Censorship from June, 2016

29 June 2016 Rising from the Wreckage of Kyrgyzstan's Largest Russian-Language Newspaper


"The information war in Kyrgyzstan is a part of the broader global information war. It has always been and always will be."

27 June 2016

Macedonian Youth Speak Out About Freedom of Expression Through Mini-Videos

"The important thing for the youth to understand is that you do not let them mute you, no matter what."

Tanzanian Prosecuted for ‘Insulting’ the President on WhatsApp


Mulokozi is the latest victim of Tanzania's relatively new Cybercrime Law, which attempts to address issues such as child pornography, cyberbullying, online impersonation, and the publication of false information.

23 June 2016

Netizen Report: Russian Authorities Step Up Information Controls in the Name of National Security


A Global Voices author is assaulted in Indonesia, Tanzania continues to prosecute social media users under the Cybercrime Act, and Singapore pulls plug on Internet access for public employees.

Founder of Protest Reporting Outlet Goes Missing in China


Lu Yuyu has been missing since June 15. Yuyu has been reporting news of mass demonstrations in China via his platform "Not in the News" since 2013.

Russian Activists and Industry Speak Out Against New Draconian ‘Anti-Terrorist’ Laws

RuNet EchoAdvox

The new comprehensive amendments threaten Russian Internet users' privacy and anonymity by cracking down on encryption and beefing up surveillance measures.

21 June 2016

National Bank of Kenya Takes Blogger to Court for “Defamatory” Blog Posts


The bank took Cyprian Nyakundi to court following a series of critical stories. Nyakundi calls himself a "Kenyan-based blogger who has an interest in politics, governance, corporate-fraud and human-interest stories."

Journalist Couple Attacked in Makassar, Indonesia


In Indonesia, violence against journalist happens regularly. Incidents like these often go unreported in the media, and perpetrators often go without punishment.

20 June 2016

Russia Mulls A ‘National Big Data Operator’ to Control Internet User Data

RuNet Echo

Russian officials are considering the creation of a "national big data operator" that would control how Russian Internet users' data is being used, stored and protected.

19 June 2016

Censorship Continues in Myanmar as Government Blocks Screening of Film Critical of the Army

"If Myanmar genuinely wants to address human rights abuses, culture, art and media should be encouraged to bring truth, painful stories and wrongdoings—both past and present—into the open."

Tanzanian Musician and Activist Maembe Vitali Arrested and Released


"You are not a soldier, you are not a rebel, they should understand that you are just a fighter... Yes, a fighter of a noble cause."

18 June 2016

Russian State Censor Can Now Un-Delegate Website Domain Names Extrajudicially

RuNet Echo

The Russian state Internet regulator, Roscomnadzor, has been grated the power to un-delegate domain names for websites found to host child pornography without a court order.

16 June 2016

World Refugee Day: Fear of Arrest Drives Journalists Into Exile


"I was paralyzed by the idea of exile. This is the first time I had decided to flee the country without knowing exactly when I would return."

15 June 2016

Blood on Campus: How the Killing of a Student Sparked Nationwide Protests in Sudan

The Bridge

Sudan has a long tradition of student protest, but the government appears bent on suppressing the latest wave, triggered by the killing of a student from the contested Nuba region.

13 June 2016

Indian Court Condemns Film Board for ‘Censoring’ Movie on Drug Abuse

With numerous instances of censorship and bans targeting ‘freedom of expression’, Indian filmmakers are up in arms in an attempt to see this Bollywood film released soon without major cuts.

12 June 2016

What Sparked the Yan Zhou Unrest? China's Information Deficit in the Spotlight

"The kidnapper becomes the good fellow who tried to stop a fight [...] Who are the blind ones? People from Yan Zhou or state-owned media?"

9 June 2016

Popular Sports Website Goes Offline in Uzbekistan in Wake of Fan Controversy


"Football and show business were the only areas where criticism was allowed and tolerated. And now even here they are choking the voice of the public."

Pakistan's Censor Has a Thing or Two to Say About ‘Immoral’ Television

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority recently issued a "show-cause" notice to a TV channel regarding a drama series that portrays the issue of sexual abuse against children.

No Country for Gags? Politicians Go After Indian Comedian Over Snapchat Video


Indian right-wing political parties armed with police complaints have threatened comedian Tanmay Bhat for posting a parody video on two prominent Indian celebrities.

7 June 2016

Lancôme Cancels Concert With Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Singer After Pressure From China

"When a company, out of commercial considerations, decides to practice excessive self-censorship, that also generates fear in the community and encourages tyranny's unreasonable behavior."

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