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· March, 2019

Stories about Censorship from March, 2019

29 March 2019

Russian regulators ask VPNs to block blacklisted websites, but most have refused

RuNet EchoAdvox

This defeats the purpose of a VPN, a technology used primarily to help people access censored websites.

28 March 2019

Netizen Report: Activists in Pakistan and Malaysia confront online backlash after International Women’s Day events

Advox

This week, the EU parliament approved its Copyright Directive, Pakistan blocked mobile services (during a military parade) and Bangladesh blocked Al Jazeera English.

25 March 2019

Censored on WeChat: #MeToo in China

Advox

The term “rice bunny”, which sounds similar to “me too” when spoken in Chinese, was used as a replacement hashtag to get around the censors.

Burundi: Scribble on the president's picture — go to jail

"If I did this in Nkurunziza’s Burundi, I could be jailed."

22 March 2019

Welcome to the Venezuelan internet. Luis Carlos and Naky will be your guides.

Advox

Through serious analysis and their signature wit, Luis Carlos Diaz and Naky Soto have helped a generation of us learn our digital rights.

21 March 2019

Netizen Report: EU activists make a final push to keep the internet filter-free

Advox

The EU makes a final decision on copyright rules, Iraq considers a new cybercrime law, and internet activists in Kazakhstan, Egypt and Venezuela face legal threats.

19 March 2019

Russian journalist forced to resign for Telegram channel critical of St. Petersburg authorities

RuNet EchoAdvox

Journalist Maria Karpenko says her editor confronted her about co-running a Telegram channel critical of St. Petersburg authorities.

18 March 2019

Slovak businessman charged with ordering murder of journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée

Advox

"This is a significant step, and a rare one in murders of journalists. We hope authorities keep their promise to bring all perpetrators to justice."

15 March 2019

Teen theatre production banned by Russian authorities for promoting ‘non-traditional family relations’

RuNet EchoAdvox

Russia has recently passed a series of socially conservative laws targeting activists, advocacy groups and online media for anything that can be construed as "promoting homosexuality to minors."

Censored on WeChat: the disappearance of Ye Jianming, former chairman of CEFC China Energy

Advox

With Ye's disappearance, the details of quiet agreements between his multi-billion dollar company and the Chinese government began to unravel.

14 March 2019

Why is the Islamic Republic of Iran afraid of Nasrin Sotoudeh?

"The Islamic Republic is struggling for its survival. Anyone with the potential of leading change is regarded as a significant threat by the authorities. Nasrin Sotoudeh is such a person."

12 March 2019

Journalist and human rights defender Luis Carlos Díaz detained by state security in Venezuela

Advox

After hours of silence from the authorities, Díaz was confirmed to be detained by the Bolivarian Intelligence Police (SEBIN).

Digital journalist Luis Carlos Diaz is missing in Venezuela

Advox

Luis Carlos is "one of the most visible faces of dissident journalism in Venezuela".

11 March 2019

Trying to follow the news in Venezuela? Here are a few sources you can trust

Advox

Venezuelans are finding ways to gather, organize and assess information on their own terms.

8 March 2019

Netizen Report: Activists reject EU plans to pre-censor copyright violations, ‘terrorist’ content

Advox

A weekly dose of news about challenges, victories, and emerging trends in technology and human rights around the world.

7 March 2019

Russia’s latest ‘anti-fake news law’ is so bad even Kremlin pranksters hate it

RuNet EchoAdvox

Provisions of the new law make it clear that its real target are the online news outlets still not fully controlled by the state or its subsidiaries.

Censored on WeChat: Chinese megastar Fan Bingbing's tax evasion scandal — and her disappearance

Advox

The news of Fan's tax evasion penalty and her apology made the actress a top target for censorship on social media.

6 March 2019

‘We are not bots!’ In Berlin, thousands protest proposed EU regulation on internet upload filters

Advox

Protesters rallied against the proposed "upload filters" in EU Copyright Directive, as part of a movement spanning the continent.

3 March 2019

Russian rocket Soyuz launches the first OneWeb satellites, tethered to the ground by restrictive legislation

RuNet Echo

Russians' hopes for censorship-free online access crashed and burned after the authorities imposed strict regulations and full government control of the pioneering satellite Internet program.

1 March 2019

Netizen Report: Two of Egypt’s leading digital activists await their release from prison, after years behind bars

Advox

Alaa and Shawkan are still waiting to get out, Algeria's internet is faltering, and Nepal has a new IT bill.

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