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· July, 2017

Stories about Censorship from July, 2017

31 July 2017

Tajik Parliament Plans to Monitor Citizens Who Visit ‘Undesirable’ Websites

Advox

The legislation also represents a shift in strategy for the Tajik government, which has historically opted to censor controversial websites and services.

30 July 2017

Apple Removes Apps Offering Virtual Private Networks from Its China Store

Advox

"It represents the most drastic measure the Chinese government has taken to block the use of VPNs to date, and we are troubled to see Apple aiding China’s censorship efforts."

29 July 2017

Brunei Government Employee Complaining About Halal Certification Charged with Sedition Over Facebook Post

Advox

"Anyways that guy that's being charged with speaking out against the govt is a reminder that we don't have freedom of speech," wrote a Twitter user.

27 July 2017

Netizen Report: New Research Tests Facebook’s Digital ‘On Ramp’ for Developing Countries

Advox

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

Vietnamese Activist Trần Thị Nga Sentenced to 9 Years for ‘Propaganda’

Advox

The 40-year-old Trần Thị Nga, also known by her pen name “Thúy Nga,” is a prominent advocate for migrants and land rights.

25 July 2017

Puerto Rican Newspaper Cans Popular Comic Strip, Raising Concerns Over Censorship

Advox

Pepito is known for its sharp critique of the government and of elected officials in both the governments of Puerto Rico and of the United States.

21 July 2017

Russia's Parliament Went on a Censorship Binge Today

RuNet EchoAdvox

The Kremlin is cracking down on online anonymity. Again.

Kyrgyzstan Blocks Archive.org on ‘Extremism’ Grounds

Advox

Russia also moved to block the website and its popular 'Wayback Machine' two years ago.

Lebanese Government Bans All Protests Right Before a Syrian Refugee Solidarity Sit-In

Advox

Activists called for a protest after four Syrian refugees died while in the custody of the Lebanese army.

Thai Academics to Be Summoned by Military for Raising ‘Anti-Junta Placards’ at an International Conference

The Thai Academic Network for Civil Rights reminded authorities that the country's constitution does not forbid people from holding up placards.

20 July 2017

Netizen Report: Authorities in China and Indonesia Threaten Whatsapp, Telegram Over Political Content

Advox

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

19 July 2017

How the Assault on Independent Media in Bahrain Silenced a Trusted Regional Watchdog

Advox

"Freedom of expression is under sustained attack here. With the shuttering of Al Wasat, there is no real journalism left.”

China's Xinjiang Residents Are Being Forced to Install Surveillance Apps on Mobile Phones

Advox

Local netizens reported that police officers at check points are randomly searching residents' devices to see if they have installed the surveillance app.

Ethiopia's Music of Resistance Stays Strong, Despite Repression

Advox

Amid wide-scale protests and a violent government crackdown, Afan Oromo musicians have begun to rise as a visible — and audible — driving inspiration for the opposition movement.

18 July 2017

One Year Later: Why the Purges in Turkey Were Always in the Pipeline

The Bridge

"What has happened in Turkey is a tragedy, made even worse by the fact that the loudest voices in the chorus said the wrong things at the wrong time."

17 July 2017

Bangladesh's ICT Act Paved the Way for Hundreds of Lawsuits Over Online Speech

Advox

There are currently 319 cases being heard in the courts under Bangladesh's notoriously broad ICT Act. Many of them involve lawsuits against journalists.

Censorship After Death: Chinese Netizens Quietly Mourn Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo

Advox

"After [Liu Xiaobo's] death, any mention of his name in English and Chinese is enough to get messages blocked."

15 July 2017

Netizen Report: Colombian Court Demands Password to Journalist’s Facebook Account

Advox

Mobile internet goes down again in Kashmir, Turkish human rights advocates are detained with no charges, and a Philippine Senator pushes anti-fake news bill.

14 July 2017

Ethiopian Musicians Charged With Terrorism for ‘Inciting’ Song Lyrics

Advox

In the face of government repression, Afan Oromo musicians have risen as a visible -- and audible -- source of inspiration for the opposition movement.

12 July 2017

Myanmar’s Challenging Media Landscape, in Cartoons

Advox

Cartoons published by The Irrawaddy over the course of four years— from 2014 to 2017—reflecting the media milestones and hardships experienced in Myanmar.

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