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· October, 2016

Stories about Censorship from October, 2016

Iran Is Poised to Limit Press Freedom Even More Than It Already Does

The government of President Rouhani is preparing two bills that media experts and journalists say could further erode press freedom and freedom of expression in Iran.

Netizen Report: Protesters Flush SIMs, Set Fire to Modems in Saudi Telecom Boycott

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Morocco Unblocks VoIP Applications Ahead of UN Climate Conference

"To avoid being seen as a police state during the #COP22, Morocco temporarily unblocks VoIP services," tweeted one user.

Leaked Xinjiang Police Report Describes Circumvention Tools as ‘Terrorist Software’

The report describes using VPNs as an indicator of criminality, or a “pre-criminal” behavior, perhaps a harbinger of tighter restrictions to come.

Russia Is Reportedly Banning LinkedIn

LinkedIn, the world’s largest online professional network, is at risk of being blocked in Russia, where federal censors have convinced a Moscow court to outlaw the network.

Who Has the Right to Tell a Country’s Story?

"It is not possible to tell the truth about Cuba from only one viewpoint, or from unanimous viewpoints that are the equivalent of one."

Russian Search Engine Will Only List Top News Stories from State-Registered Media

Yandex is coming under pressure to register with Roskomnadzor, the state agency that regulates Russian media.

Netizen Report: As Protests Rage in Ethiopia, Zone9 Bloggers Return to Court

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Chinese Netizens See Human Rights Violations in Child Protection Bill

The new regulations attempt to protect children by requiring hardware companies to install surveillance software on their devices, and by promoting treatments for "Internet addiction."

Netizen Report: Brazilians Find the Limits of Free Speech on Facebook

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Cuban Journalist Elaine Diaz and Colleagues Arrested For Reporting on Hurricane Matthew “Without a Permit”

Diaz confirmed late in the evening on October 12 that she and colleagues were released from police custody and returning to Havana.

Ethiopian Authorities Shut Down Mobile Internet and Major Social Media Sites

Those close to the situation fear this may be the beginning of a dangerous new phase after 12 months of protests.

The Plight of the Zambian Watchdog: Embattled Opposition News Site Goes Down

The closure and the raid may represent a turning point in a long-standing cat-and-mouse game between the government and the controversial news website.

Chinese Propaganda Authorities Promote Clinton-Trump ‘Love Song’ Spoof Videos

Since they can't stop people from following the news, propaganda authorities are focusing on the more absurd aspects of the race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Indonesia Drafts New Ban on Cyberbullying, But Activists Say They're the Target

"The cyber law is used as an effective tool to spread fear against voices who want to unmask injustices in this country."

WhatsApp Reportedly Blocked in Yemen, Mobile Operator Cites ‘Technical Issues’

Censorship of online content has surged in Yemen since the beginning of the conflict opposing Houthi rebels and forces loyal to president Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.

Chinese Authorities Shutter ‘Gongshi’ Intellectual Website, Leading Netizens to Ask: Is This ‘The End of Consensus'?

"The authorities want us to shut down the website, saying that the platform had spread wrong ideas. With dismay, we shut down. This is my report."

As Violence Escalates in Ethiopia, Zone9 and Other Prominent Bloggers Face New Legal Threats

Seyoum Teshome, a prominent member of the embattled community of Ethiopian online writers was arrested last Friday. Meanwhile, the Zone9 bloggers are scheduled to return to court on October 21.

Venezuelan Government Jails Video Producers on Charges of ‘Instigating Rebellion’

A video intended to make the Venezuelan military reflect on the impact of their increasing power in Venezuela has landed its producers in jail.

Tourist Video Featuring Ancient King Tests the Boundaries of Artistic Expression in Thailand

"If (the cultural ministry) monopolises any form of art, drains it of involvement by the common man, that art is likely to go extinct."

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