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· March, 2017

Stories about Censorship from March, 2017

31 March 2017

Back in the USSR?: Critics Say Draft Legislation Puts State Above Rights in Kazakhstan

"Can we designate people that leave their rubbish bags lying around outside their apartment doors enemies of state interests and remove their citizenships?"

30 March 2017

The Internet Blackout in English-Speaking Cameroon Continues

Advox

How and why Cameroon has denied internet access to its English-speaking population.

Netizen Report: India Had 31 Internet Shutdowns in 2016. How Many Did Your Country Have?

Advox

Venezuelan independent media sites suffer online attacks, Japan may use mass surveillance to punish “preparations” for crime, and the UK calls for backdoors on encrypted messaging apps.

28 March 2017

Thai Junta's Media Regulator Suspends Voice TV for ‘Unreasonable Criticism’ and ‘Biased Content’

"Even though Voice TV may provide different views, we insist that the contents do not harm national security."

Iranians See Arrests and Intimidation of Telegram Administrators and Journalists Ahead of the Elections

Advox

Revolutionary Guards have previously attempted to limit Telegram's free flow of information with arrests for immoral or obscene content. This is the first time crackdowns have focused on political affiliation.

China's Great Firewall Gives Rise to a Robust Industry of Information Smugglers

Advox

More often than not, information smugglers prioritize things like click rates over hard-hitting public interest journalism.

27 March 2017

Young Iranian Faces Execution Over ‘Anti-Islamic’ Social Media Posts

Advox

"Sina's grandfather was a martyr of the eight-year war. Sina himself served two years. Sina has more rights to this country than most of these authorities."

26 March 2017

In Kyrgyzstan, Media Facing Pressure from a Fearful President

Advox

A series of civil suits launched by the state prosecutor have seemingly targeted media for quoting the government's critics.

23 March 2017

Netizen Report: Why Did YouTube Censor Your Videos? You May Never Know.

Advox

A Brazilian blogger is forced to identify his sources, Iran cracks down on speech pre-election, and Tunisia's Truth and Dignity Commission hears testimony from bloggers persecuted under Ben Ali.

Is Kazakhstan's President a Dictator? You Decide.

The Bridge

In a recent discussion with a hand-picked selection of journalists, Nazarbayev took pains to explain why Asian societies aren't always suited to democracy.

22 March 2017

Rio de Janeiro Is Caught Between a Yellow Fever Scare and Press Censorship

"What's left of the dictatorship? Everything except the dictatorship."

21 March 2017

UAE Authorities Arrest One Rights Activist and Extend the Detention of Another

Advox

On 20 March police arrested human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor from his home. Meanwhile, UAE authorities have refused to release Osama al-Najjar, despite him having served out his prison sentence.

20 March 2017

‘Those Who Tortured Him [Should] Tell Us the Truth': Tunisian Commission Hears Net Freedom Testimonies From Dictatorship

Advox

The Truth and Dignity Commission is investigating rights abuses committed during the dictatorship era, including internet freedom violations.

19 March 2017

Alleged Attacks on Online Media Follow the Tragic Death by Fire of Young Women in Guatemala

Advox

A local media outlet that published testimonies of some of the victims of the shelter fire suffered a DDoS attack.

17 March 2017

Fake News and Fake Solutions: How Do We Build a Civics of Trust?

The Bridge

When posing solutions to fix fake news, we need to be careful not to build our own self-censorship machines.

16 March 2017

Netizen Report: Azerbaijani Bloggers Targeted with Legal Threats, Spearphishing

Advox

Censorship is up in France, China is censoring scientists (again), and Facebook tells developers to stop using network data for surveillance.

15 March 2017

Disney’s New ‘Gay Moment’ Outrages Religious Conservatives in Malaysia and Singapore

Religious groups and state censors in Singapore and Malaysia are unhappy about the live-action remake of Disney's “Beauty and the Beast,” because of a “gay moment” in the film.

12 March 2017

In Kyrgyzstan, Prosecutors Sue Media for Offending President

Advox

"By advising him to sue internet publications, they are really doing him a bad turn."

11 March 2017

Chinese Scientists Speak Out Against the Great Firewall (Again)

Advox

'...it takes at least 10-20 second to access a page. Sometimes it takes more than half an hour to access some university websites…'

10 March 2017

Russia Adds First-Ever Foreign Messaging App to Federal Registry

RuNet EchoAdvox

For the first time ever, Russia’s federal censor, Roskomnadzor, has added a foreign online messenger to its “Registry of Information-Dissemination Organizers,” targeting the Swiss company Threema.

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