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· February, 2018

Stories about Censorship from February, 2018

São Paulo City Hall's Official Facebook Page Is Blocking Users Who Criticise the Mayor

The revelations cast light on the uncharted legal territory of how official digital accounts of public institutions are administrated when they are hosted by private platforms, such as Facebook.

Censored, But Not Backing Down: Cuban News Site Staff Say They Won't Change Their Editorial Line

Online news magazine "El Estornudo" has been blocked inside Cuba and its editor writes an open letter that can be read in other media outlets inside the island.

A Sudanese Village Arts Festival Looks Back to the Future

"Karmakol festival offered a rare look back at the Sudan our parents told us about, but also the Sudan that could have been, and, hopefully, the Sudan that could be."

Photoshopped Image of Christ Reveals Limits of Spain's Right to Free Expression

The fine imposed on a young man from Andalucia opened an intense debate about censorship in Spain.

One Country, Two Leaders and Four Censored TV Channels: Kenya's Political Crisis Takes a Toll on Human Rights

The illusion of an independent Kenyan media that is free from state interference has evaporated.

Netizen Report: Mexican NGOs Push for Independent Investigation of Malware Attacks

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Laughing in the Face of an Internet Shutdown In Bangladesh

"To stop the leaks, better to cancel the exam rather than shutting the internet down. Then you won't have to worry about leaks anymore."

Censorship in Serbia Hits a New Low After Newspaper ‘Edits’ an Obituary

A Serbian newspaper censored part of an obituary of a graphic artist, which noted that one of his last works was a book about censorship.

At Zanzibar’s Sauti za Busara Festival, Music Professionals Ask: Can One Song Really Change the World?

"This is an issue with the rights of all musicians to speak out. This tells me how powerful music is. If it wasn’t this strong, it wouldn’t be so feared."

Chinese State TV Lambasted for ‘Racist’ Lunar New Year Sketch Featuring Blackface

"My first Chinese New Year watching the annual CCTV spring gala and they trot out a Chinese lady in blackface...with a pet "monkey" (played by a man from Cote D'Ivoire)..."

What Do Argentinians Give Up in Exchange for “Free” WiFi in Buenos Aires?

"The average Argentinian it doesn't [care], as long as they are given free wifi they will accept anything, 'in the end they have nothing to hide.'"

Social Media Giants Are at the Center of a Censorship Scandal in Russia — Again

The latest manifestation of online platforms being targeted for censorship by government entities

Netizen Report: In Leaked Docs, European Commission Says Tech Companies Should Self-Regulate on Harmful Speech

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

In Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, Network Shutdowns Leave Civilians Unreachable — And Unable to Call for Help

Without telecommunication networks, residents of the North Sinai "cannot report injuries and they have limited access to emergency services.”

‘We Want the World to Know': Activists Reporting on Occupation Face Legal Threats in Western Sahara

Local journalists and media activists reporting on the occupation and Moroccan abuses face legal obstacles and risk lengthy jail sentences in order to make their voices heard.

After Alleged Election Fraud and Protests, Honduran Congress Moves to Regulate Hate Speech Online

Hondurans fear censorship as congress debates Internet and social media regulation.

How Apple is Paving the Way to a ‘Cloud Dictatorship’ in China

Now Apple that has kowtowed to the CCP, how long will other tech companies be able to resist the pressure?

Netizen Report: Cyber Attacks Sideline Independent Media in Azerbaijan, Philippines

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Macau’s Cybersecurity Law: Less About Security, More About Surveillance (And Censorship)

Various critics say the proposed law will provide a legal framework for mass surveillance, much more so than improve network security.

‘According to the Digital Security Law, I am a Spy': Bangladeshi Journalists Defend Their Right to Investigate

"The Digital Security Act (2018) is an Eyewash. It is section 57 (ICT Act) for all intent and purposes. All the provisions have merely been redistributed among other sections."

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