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· February, 2017

Stories about Censorship from February, 2017

23 February 2017

Netizen Report: How Private is Our Email? Riseup Users Want to Know.


New malware targets Iranian mac users, Facebook discloses some information about data-sharing with advertisers, and Cameroon’s regional Internet shutdown could cost the country millions.

21 February 2017

Russia's Censor Suddenly Wants to Know More About Channels on Telegram

RuNet Echo

With help from a Putin-launched political movement, Russia's federal censor met on Tuesday behind closed doors with the authors of several popular Telegram channels. And nobody knows why.

20 February 2017

Twitter Walks a Fine Line in Russia

RuNet Echo

Why does Twitter comply with Kremlin requests to censor Tweets inside Russia? It's complicated.

Free Expression Under Fire as Venezuela Takes CNN Spanish Off the Air


CNN broadcasts will now be freely available in Venezuela on YouTube — but what does it matter in the country with one of the slowest Internet connections in the region?

19 February 2017

Whale-Themed ‘Suicide Groups’ Present Opportunity for Internet Crackdown in Central Asia


Despite no clear link to actual suicides in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, authorities are dreaming up restrictions.

17 February 2017

Divisions and Danger Loom Ahead of Turkey's Upcoming Referendum

On social media, hundreds of "No" Facebook pages have popped up, with humour deployed in the face of strident state propaganda.

Award-Winning Hong Kong Political Cartoonist Refuses Self-Censorship

"You speculate that the government may sue the publisher, and so decide to censor the work. The whole incident goes against my principles."

16 February 2017

Netizen Report: In Kenya and Mexico, Citizens Suspect State Manipulation on Twitter


As social manipulation abounds on Twitter, Venezuela blocks more news websites, and Facebook heads to France to fight fake news.

14 February 2017

Should Brazil Boycott Traditional Carnival Songs With Sexist and Racist Overtones?

"Leaving this song out doesn't make the party less fun and we manage to have a gathering where everyone can really enjoy themselves."

13 February 2017

Palestinian Authority Bans Novel for ‘Threatening Morality and Public Decency’

The Palestinian Authority's decision to ban a novel is being met with a lot of resistance.

11 February 2017

Russian Censor's Warning to Radio Station Raises Alarm, Briefly

RuNet Echo

Alarm about another crackdown on Russian media spread quickly—and briefly—yesterday, when news broke that the state media censor had warned radio station Ekho Moskvy that it could be shut down.

10 February 2017

Netizen Report: Internet Shutdowns Return to Iraq, Persist in Cameroon


Cameroon's Internet regional shutdown enters its third week, Ukraine prosecutes two men for "separatist" speech on Vkontakte and Algerian lawyers are told to stop using social media.

Travel Blogger Faces Eight Years in Azerbaijan Prison Over Nagorno-Karabakh Visits and Posts


One blogger, three passports and the intricate international relations of the Caucasus region. This gets pretty complicated.

8 February 2017

The Unofficial Mascot for Russia's Government Censor Is an Erotic Anime Character

RuNet Echo

The dominatrix anime figure “Roskomnadzor-chan,” named after a federal agency and known for her role in an erotic online comic, has somehow become the unofficial mascot for Russia's state censor.

In Iran, From Prison to Banishment for Posting Jokes on Facebook


After completing a five-year prison sentence for Facebook posts about religion on Facebook, the Judiciary has sent Soheil Babadi into internal exile in southern Iran.

Argentina Confronts the Scourge of Women’s Nipples

A police crackdown on three topless women at a beach has sparked a national debate about the gender inequality of the country's recreational dresscode.

7 February 2017

In Turkey's Neighbour Georgia, a Gülen School Loses its License

Turkey has intensified its bid to close schools and universities inspired by the controversial educator since a coup attempt last year.

2 February 2017

Netizen Report: Egyptian NGOs Face Rampant Phishing Attacks, Researchers Say


US border agents demand social media data from travelers, Venezuela arrests Bitcoin users attempting to get around currency devaluation, and Myanmar advocates push back on 'Big Brother' law.

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