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· July, 2016

Stories about Censorship from July, 2016

South Sudanese Journalists Face Increasing Threats as Political Violence Peaks

Journalists have long struggled to survive in Sudan and South Sudan, but the impact of the conflict that erupted in 2013 has made working in media even more dangerous.

Playing Pokémon Go in China Is Not Easy, but Many Are Still Risking It

Here are six things to keep in mind while playing Pokémon Go in China from our Northeast Asia editor Oiwan Lam.

The Anti-KFC Protests Spell Trouble for Chinese Authorities Trying to Confine Nationalism to the Internet

"Online patriotism and offline patriotism are different...However, the line does not exist among the patriotic masses; they would just do what they think is right."

Azerbaijan and Turkey: Caught in a Bad Bromance

Some of Azerbaijan's best schools, a university and a newspaper have been scuppered by Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Fethullah Gulen's toxic political rivalry.

Maldives Opposition Holds Rally Despite Resistance From Government

"Under the plan for reform, Yameen is making criticism a crime..."

Netizen Report: What do Zimbabwe, Kashmir, and Turkey Have in Common? Internet Censorship.

In this edition, we report on #ShutdownZim protests that sparked Zimbabwe to block WhatsApp, the full-on Internet shutdown in Kashmir and ongoing social media censorship in Brazil, Ethiopia and Turkey.

Turkey Adds Wikileaks to a Long List of Blocked Websites

Blocking information is second nature to Turkey's government. But Turkish netizens are still questioning the value of the leak itself.

Chinese Reformist Magazine Shuts Down to Resist Authorities’ Hostile Takeover

"The crackdown on Yanhuang Chunqiu and today's takeover indicates that Xi's government wants to educate its officials into 'fools' like the rest of the society."

PokéStops or Stopping Poké? Iran Reacts to the Pokémon Go Phenomenon

How has one of the most restricted Internet environments, with censors on platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, reacted to Pokémon Go?

Iranian Hardliners Want to Stop Blocking Twitter — to Defeat Saudi Propaganda

Iranian hardliners, typically champions of Internet censorship, are calling on the government to stop blocking Twitter in order to counter Saudi Arabian propaganda against Iran.

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: Freedom, Not Control

This week we take you to Puerto Rico, Indian-administered Kashmir, Nepal, China and Myanmar.

Ethiopia Locks Down Digital Communications in Wake of #OromoProtests

#OromoProtests content on social media has triggered many attempts by the government to limit digital traffic and block telecom services in Oromia.

Everybody's Favorite Irreverent RuNet Community Goes to War (Against Itself)

“Lentach,” one of the RuNet’s hippest, edgiest, occasionally racist, and thoroughly irreverent news communities, is on the rocks.

Welcome to Mozambique, Where the Government Will Soon Have 450 New Security Cameras Aimed at You

According to one of Mozambique's most trusted newspapers, Canal de Moçambique, the government has begun installing 450 security cameras in the cities of Maputo and Matola.

Imprisoned in Iran for Posting Jokes on Facebook, A Computer Engineer Awaits His Appeal Verdict

Political prisoners in Iran are routinely singled out for harsh treatment, which often includes denial of medical care.

#ShutDownZim: Will Social Media Protests Drive Zimbabwe to Build a ‘Great Firewall'?

This is the first time Zimbabwe has staged a "shutdown" over government dysfunction by organizing on social media. But protests could trigger new forms of censorship.

A New Species of Beetle Named After President Xi Is Blacklisted on Chinese Social Media

"An act of ass kissing now turns into ass kicking…"

Chinese Censors Are Making Sure Social Media Only Shows Positive Flooding News

"The propaganda is good at turning a disaster into a positive story and making human errors invisible."

China Bans News Sourcing From Social Media

"From a historical perspective, media outlets that are close to government have a higher tendency to fabricate news. The track record of state-controlled media outlets is even worse."

Why Did Facebook Remove a Post Criticizing Singapore Police?

After police searched political activist and civil rights lawyer Teo Soh Lung's home and computer without a warrant, she posted about it on Facebook. Then her post was taken down.

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