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· August, 2017

Stories about Censorship from August, 2017

31 August 2017

Netizen Report: Vietnam Targets ‘Illegal Cyber Information’ — and Political Speech


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

30 August 2017

One Year On: Uzbekistan's Unhappy Ex-Ruling Family

A year has passed since despot Islam Karimov died, following 27 years in power. He left behind feuding relatives and a toxic regime.

The Evolution of China's Great Firewall: 21 Years of Censorship


Technically speaking, circumvention technologies have outwitted the Great Firewall. Yet the new legal regime has changed the rules of the game.

29 August 2017

Murdered Mexican Journalist Cándido Ríos: ‘Our Weapons Do Not Shoot Bullets. Our Weapons Shoot Truth’


"His tireless efforts to denounce injustice brought him popularity among readers, but also enemies like the former mayor of Ríos' hometown Hueyapan, who threatened him with death several times."

28 August 2017

Chinese Tech Firms Are at the Cutting Edge of Artificial Intelligence — But at What Cost?


China has a more open attitude toward new technology, but is their success built upon a lack of awareness of individual rights?

27 August 2017

Cambodia Shutdown of Media Outlets: Tax and Licensing Issue or Censorship?


"It appears that the Cambodian government has been using legal technicalities to hide behind its real aim of silencing independent voices."

China to Ban Anonymous Online Comments, Blacklist Users


"With or without real name registration, they know who you are. What they intend to do is to make you fearful."

25 August 2017

Venezuelan Government Wants to Regulate Hatred on Social Media


Today, with an all-powerful ANC composed solely of representatives from the governing party, it seems unlikely that anything will be able to stop the law from being approved.

Macedonian Citizen Fined 400 Euro For Insulting Turkish President Erdoğan on Facebook


A Macedonian court ordered a person to pay 400 euros for writing "ironical statements and insulted a leader of a foreign country."

24 August 2017

Scholars at Home and Abroad Call for Withdrawal of Protest Charges Against Five Thai Academics

"How can we achieve reform when the state still treats those who voice concern about public issues as its enemies?"

20 August 2017

Cambridge University Publisher Removes 300 Academic Articles for the China Market

' If this is what they demand, CUP should give up its China- based site and carry on elsewhere. '

18 August 2017

Malaysian Political Cartoonist Zunar Sues Police for Unlawful Arrest, Seizure of Books


"You can ban my books, you can ban my cartoons, but you cannot ban my mind. I will keep drawing until the last drop of my ink."

Netizen Report: US Tech Company Bans White Supremacist Group for Being ‘Assholes’


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

12 August 2017

Thailand's Broadcasting Authority Suspends TV Network That Called Junta Leader a Dictator

"The order punishes the entire station including all programs regardless of content, and all personnel regardless of role."

10 August 2017

India Bans the Internet Archive and More Than 2,600 File-Sharing Websites to Protect Bollywood


The ban is the result of a court ruling, based on the petitions of two Bollywood producers, to stop file-sharing websites from distributing pirated copies of recently released movies.

9 August 2017

Rights Group Website and Columnist's Blog Become Latest Targets of Egypt's Censorship Campaign


From May 24 to August 6, Egyptian authorities blocked 133 websites, according to the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression.

6 August 2017

Jailed for Journalism: A Profile of Detained Reporters in Myanmar


Since June 2017, five members of the media have been detained by the government.

Thai Journalist and Two Other Critics of Military-Led Government Face Sedition Charges Over Facebook Posts


"I will continue to criticize the illegitimate military regime until they take away my smartphone."

4 August 2017

Five Days After His Essay Went Viral, Chinese Author Apologizes for ‘Imprecise’ Writing on Beijing's Economic Boom


Zhang's viral essay commented on Beijing's rapid economic and architectural development and rising economic inequality.

3 August 2017

‘Despacito’ Deemed Too Racy by Malaysia’s State Media Networks

"For the record, the song annoys the crap out of me. But censorship does nothing to help a country progress"

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