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· June, 2018

Stories about Censorship from June, 2018

Turkey looks ahead to a strongman era

The political presence of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is now too dominant to be checked by rivals or institutions.

Netizen Report: As Erdogan’s reign continues, journalists remain under attack — are translators next in line?

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

With elections approaching, Pakistani journalists and activists face rising risk of assault, abduction

This election will mark the second time a democratic transition of power will occur in the country's history.

No paper, no electricity, no news: Information controls keep coming in Venezuela

With news and porn sites being blocked, Venezuela's government intensifies its control over mainstream and social media while painting a grim landscape for freedom of speech and access of information.

Freedom segregated: China to set up open internet zone on tourist island

"If visiting Twitter, Facebook is appropriate and harmless, why [are they] only granting foreigners access but not Chinese?"

Vietnam’s new Cybersecurity Law could further undermine free speech and disrupt businesses

"Despite the government’s claims, control is at the heart of the new legislation."

Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh jailed on national security charges for representing hijab protesters

"If you ask me what the authorities are thinking deep inside, I will tell they just want Nasrin to sit at home and...and stop defending civil and political activists..."

Netizen Report: Who will be next? Venezuela’s political crisis sees a new wave of censorship, media repression

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

A fridge, a kettle and a farm. Metaphors abound in Turkey's troubling presidential election

Humor has emerged as a potent weapon for incumbent Recep Tayyip Erdogan's main electoral rivals. He is not amused.

Research reveals malicious digital campaign against Pakistani human rights defenders

The Amnesty International report reveals that a network of social media fake accounts are used to infiltrate the activists communities in Pakistan.

Leading independent websites go dark as Tanzania’s ‘blogger tax’ deadline approaches

"It is not only a self-censorship license but a way to become the state's tool to censor others (contributors) civic right to express."

Telegram channel administrator could get death penalty for “insulting the Prophet”

Article 262 of Iran’s Islamic Penal Code dictates that “Anyone who swears at or commits qazf [slander] against the Great Prophet [of Islam]...shall be sentenced to the death penalty.”

Iranian parody band sings a love song for Telegram after its block

"Just when I was relying on you, you were suddenly blocked and gone and all I have left is this VPN, that's the only bridge between you and I."

Russian journalist forced to resign for criticizing pro-Putin propaganda on Instagram

"We wish the Earth could live in peace, but if our commander in chief Beckons to fight the final battle, we are with you, Uncle Vova!"

Jogging through Tiananmen Square: What happens when Facebook meets China's censorship regime?

"The floor you stepped on has been covered by blood from students who fought for democracy. But, enjoy your running in China, Mark."

Whether or not Papua New Guinea bans Facebook, critics say free speech still under threat

"If the government is serious about protecting its citizens, then creating an environment where they can safely use the internet should be the goal, not blocking parts of it altogether."

Netizen Report: In another blow for free speech, Egypt’s parliament passes cybercrime law

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

Videos allege Indian media houses promised to favor Hindu nationalism in exchange for cash

The videos come amid a rapid rise of "fake news" websites in India that seem intended to promote religious and communal tension.

Netizen Report: Uganda’s ‘WhatsApp tax’ and SIM card regulations will make it harder to stay connected

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

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