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· April, 2017

Stories about Censorship from April, 2017

29 April 2017

The Lonely Death of One of Ethiopia's Most Public Men

In Assefa’s death, one may find the sadness of exile, something which is both deeply personal and political.

28 April 2017

Indian Government Bans 22 Social Media Platforms in Kashmir including Facebook, WhatsApp


"By presenting the other side to the Kashmir storyline, the locals once again were able to own....the highly complex and conflicted Kashmir narrative."

27 April 2017

Netizen Report: Censorship Spikes in India, Subsides in Cameroon


The Internet is back on in English-speaking Cameroon, while social media has been shut down in Kashmir. Journalists in Maldives mourn the stabbing death of a blogger.

Three Ways the Russian Government Is Trying to Control the Internet

RuNet EchoAdvox

“The Internet was created as a special project by the CIA,” Vladimir Putin announced three years ago. Since then, Russian authorities’ faith in the Internet has declined even further.

Taiwan Tops Asia While Hong Kong Falls Four Places in Freedom of Press Index


"A majority [of media workers in Hong Kong] have expressed an increasing pressure which results in deliberate self-censorship."

26 April 2017

Russian Protest Movement Says It Will Press On, Despite Federal Ban

RuNet Echo

Despite being outlawed today by the Attorney General, opposition movement “Open Russia” says it’s continuing all operations, including plans for nationwide anti-Putin protests this Saturday.

25 April 2017

Russian Authorities Want Easy Access to Online Dating Logs

RuNet EchoAdvox

Do you hope to find love in Russia? If so, and you’re planning to use the Internet to meet people, the pursuit could be less private than you maybe hoped.

22 April 2017

A House Divided: Ethiopian Runners Separated by Politics Face Off at London Marathon

Feyisa Lelisa and Kenenisa Bekele, two of the world's greatest marathon runners, are both from the same ethnic group. But that is where the similarities stop.

21 April 2017

A São Paulo City Councilor Surprised Schools With an Inspection for ‘Leftist Indoctrination’

Fernando Holiday was inspired by the Escola Sem Partido (School Without Party) campaign, which divides opinion in Brazil.

20 April 2017

Netizen Report: Mexican Journalists Were Threatened Online, Then Killed


Kashmiris see more cuts to basic communications services, a Japanese artist gets fined for her 3D vagina art, and Thailand tells Facebookers to "unfollow" state critics.

Critics Say Albanian Parliament Is Trying to Amnesty Crooked Politicians, Under Pretext of Judicial Reform

Following protests, Albania's president has rejected legislation that could have spared the hides of many corrupt politicians. But it could still become law, regardless.

The Viral Video That Showed a Kashmiri Man Tied to an Indian Military Jeep

The video is from the recent by-poll election in India's northernmost state Jammu and Kashmir, where more than eight protesters were killed and dozens were wounded by Indian security forces.

19 April 2017

Thailand Tells Internet Users to Unfollow Junta Critics on Social Media — Or Face Consequences


"This is a ridiculous and oppressive order but I don't want any innocent people being targeted just because they follow my journalism," wrote former Reuters journalist Andrew MacGregor Marshall.

18 April 2017

Russian Math Instructor Faces Criminal Charges for Online Posts He Says He Didn't Write

RuNet Echo

The arrest of a Moscow math instructor has raised questions about the safety of using internet anonymizers in Russia.

17 April 2017

Pick Your Poison? Russian Orthodoxy or Banishment From Social Media

RuNet EchoAdvox

Critics of Vitaly Milonov, perhaps the most reactionary social conservative in the Russian parliament, have vowed to get him banned from Vkontakte, where his “online status” features an “illegal expression.”

16 April 2017

Voting Is Underway in Turkey's Referendum. What Is at Stake?

The rules of the game may be on the brink of changing in Turkey, in a way that could disproportionately favour the strongest player.

14 April 2017

Censorship Undressed: Iranian State TV Cuts Broadcast Mid-Sentence


In an unusual broadcasting flub this week, Iran's official state media network cut off the live video feed of a reporter in mid-sentence, censoring election coverage.

13 April 2017

Netizen Report: Censorship Spikes After Venezuela’s ‘Self-Inflicted Coup’


Venezuelan journalists face rising threats amid protests, Russia blocks Zello, and Southeast Asian lawmakers use ‘fake news’ fears to justify censorship.

10 April 2017

How a Teenager's Mysterious Death in China Is Eroding Public Trust in Authorities

"To prove netizens' version of the story wrong is not difficult. Authorities just need to release more information and the rumors would fall apart"

Satirical News Show ‘China Uncensored’ Censored by Apple in Hong Kong and Taiwan

"There is no point in disputing your app store decision with respect to mainland China…but Hong Kong and Taiwan [...] operate under independent legal systems."

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