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· April, 2018

Stories about Censorship from April, 2018

Media censorship surrounds the Pashtun rights movement in Pakistan

"There was complete media blackout. But journalists were there [to] tell the story [through] social media. Self censorship sign of oppression"

Netizen Report: Protests in Nicaragua trigger media bans, DDoS attacks and the killing of journalist Angel Gahona

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

The chilling effect of officials discussing Telegram's imminent ban in Iran

Some officials say Telegram is set to be blocked at the end of April. Although the app remains technically unfiltered at the moment, usage among Iranians is down.

Why did China take its own propaganda film offline? Netizens point to US tech sanctions

Netizens suspect that the film is being restricted due to new US sanctions against ZTE, a Chinese telecommunications hardware company.

#SOSNicaragua: At least 25 killed in Nicaragua protests, including one journalist, say human rights groups

Nicaraguans are live broadcasting, tweeting and video blogging about the crisis on the ground.

Angolan authorities bring journalist Rafael Marques back to court, for investigating corruption

A journalist best known for exposing human rights violations in the diamond trade, Marques is not the only target of the Angolan regime.

Chinese netizens’ #IamLGBT campaign pushes change at Weibo

The move is significant, but it doesn’t mean that LGBT content will be spared from the latest censorship crackdown.

Netizen Report: Russia is blocking millions of IP addresses, all because of the Telegram #IPocalypse

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

Will Singapore's plan to combat ‘deliberate online falsehoods’ stifle free speech?

"…the biggest threat to the stability and growth of the democratic process in Singapore is the government’s control of the media and information."

Liberian journalists detained, slapped with US 1.8 million lawsuit amid political feud

Only weeks after FrontPage Africa reported on the LEITI scandal, the newspaper was slammed with a crippling libel civil lawsuit. Press freedom activists believe FrontPage Africa has been targeted.

As Russian court announces Telegram ban, users stand defiant, amused… and worried

And as a year-long battle between Telegram and the Russian authorities ended with the decision to block the app, reaction to the announcement has been passionate and often derisive.

Netizen Report: Around the World, Activists Demand Answers From Facebook

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

#KnowYourDictator: Political Emigres and Their Hashtags Haunt Azerbaijan's Re-elected Strongman

Having largely suffocated opposition at home, newly-elected President Ilham Aliyev is finding ways to hurt activists living abroad.

Ugandan Government Plans to Tax Social Media Users for Too Much Gossip

"Uganda wants to profit where it did not invest. Social media owners gave it out for free and you wanna tax it?"

No Laughing Matter: China Shuts Down Popular Joke-Sharing App

"A country, a government, a supervision department. They are all scared of a joke-sharing application."

By Attempting to Curb Disinformation on Slain Politician Marielle Franco, a Brazilian Judge Hands Facebook Censorship Powers

The order could set a dangerous precedent for freedom of speech online in the country.

Russian Newspaper Closes After Years of Tense, Often Violent Confrontation with Security Services

In an op-ed announcing the newspaper’s closure, the acting editor Yuri Grozmani said he had little hope for domestic prosecution of FSB officers complicit in the act of censorship

How Nationalism Played a Role in Preserving Orthodox Christian Cultural Heritage During the Soviet Union Era

Some of the artistic legacies of Orthodox Christian religion were used to promote patriotic pride during the Soviet Union era.

Netizen Report: Malaysia Outlaws ‘Fake News’ — Will Singapore Be Next?

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

Tracking Russian Online Interference Teaches Valuable Lessons on Improving News Quality

Years before scandal about Russian trolling erupted into global view, independent researchers had already documented the phenomenon.

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