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· November, 2016

Stories about Censorship from November, 2016

30 November 2016

Alipay’s New App Abuses Personal Data and Reinforces China's Class Divisions, Critics Say

Advox

"Even if the company needs to expand into social media, it should use a better means rather than being so shameless."

28 November 2016

Internet Freedom Declines in Russia and Ukraine, Improves in Belarus

RuNet EchoAdvox

Russia, Belarus and the Central Asian states were all rated "not free" in Freedom House's 2016 "Freedom on the Web" report.

Bold Film About an Indian Woman's Sexual Awakening Accused of Pardoning Pedophilia

"In a country where women and kids are often subjected to violent crimes, this normalization of an aggressive act becomes even more problematic."

25 November 2016

From Tehran to Manhattan, One Fashion Shoot at a Time

The Bridge

Had fashion photographer Kourosh Sotoodeh pursued his profession in Iran, he might well have been among those arrested in recent crackdowns. Luckily for him, he made it to New York.

Independent Report Offers Troubling Findings on Digital Rights in Ecuador

Advox

Ecuadorean digital platforms Mil Hojas and Usuarios Digitales present an alternative report to UN Human Rights Council as part of Universal Periodic Review on human rights.

23 November 2016

Brazilian Activists Outsmart Facebook's Censorship of the Female Nipple

Advox

"What are the real differences between one portrait and another? What is offensive in one nipple that isn't in the other?"

Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri Bans Photojournalist for this ‘Unofficial’ Photo

Advox

Hussein Baydoun was barred from photographing the PM after this image was published. Photographs he took during last year's ‘you stink’ protests against government corruption were featured in numerous outlets.

21 November 2016

Brazil Superior Court Rules in Google's Favor, Against ‘Right to Be Forgotten’

Advox

The court ruled that forcing search engines to adjudicate removal requests would give too much responsibility to search engines, effectively making them into digital censors.

18 November 2016

Netizen Report: Trump Win Triggers Safety and Surveillance Fears

Advox

US activists weather wave of post-election social media harassment, Ethiopia blocks Global Voices, and the UK finally passes the much-maligned Snoopers Charter.

17 November 2016

Chinese Authorities Execute an Anti-Land Seizure Folk Hero for Murder

"He is no criminal...He was just taking up his role as a man to safeguard his family. But the excavators have been ruining Chinese people’s homes…"

16 November 2016

Cameroonian Government Launches Campaign Against Social Media, Calls It “A New Form of Terrorism”

Advox

The government of Cameroon considers social media “a new form of terrorism.”

15 November 2016

Chinese State Media CEO Challenges Tencent’s Power Over Online News

Advox

Xu, who has 33 years of experience working in media, is now openly expressing concern that Internet corporates may soon be more powerful than the state and the party.

10 November 2016

Turkey Continues to Arrest Kurdish Politicians, Restrict Internet Use

Advox

"What was done tonight is not only a coup but also an operation to separate the country!"

8 November 2016

‘We Will Not Surrender': Opposition Voices Rally to Support Turkey's Besieged Media

Advox

Yet another independent media outlet in post-coup attempt Turkey is on the brink.

4 November 2016

Chinese Activist Who Wore ‘Xitler’ T-Shirt Goes Missing in Detention

Advox

"He’s one of a very small number of young Chinese who have been outspoken in criticising the Chinese government on Twitter using their real names."

Demystifying Social Media Censorship — in Arabic, Spanish and English

Advox

Social media platforms have terms of use that restrict several types of content including nudity, hate speech, and violence. But these difficult-to-define rules are always subject to interpretation.

Iran’s Keywan Karimi: The Filmmaker as Graffiti Artist

The Bridge

Working under threat of imprisonment for practicing his craft, Iranian filmmaker Keywan Karimi has turned the difficult conditions of artistic production into an aesthetic.

3 November 2016

‘My Life for Iran': The 4th Anniversary of Iranian Activist Sattar Beheshti's Death

Advox

Sattar Beheshti has come to embody the spirit of resistance in Iran, in an ongoing struggle against freedom of expression and government repression.

2 November 2016

Netizen Report: Will Indonesians Enjoy the ‘Right to Be Forgotten’?

Advox

As Indonesians question a broad-reaching Right to Be Forgotten, Turkey blocks the Internet in Kurdistan, Vodafone lands in Iran, and Sweden takes a swipe at drone cameras.

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