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· April, 2019

Stories about Censorship from April, 2019

29 April 2019

Benin sees internet blackout on election day

Advox

A nationwide internet shutdown that lasted well into the night, leaving voters in the dark about their election day choices.

26 April 2019

Netizen Report: Saudi Arabian authorities arrest three bloggers and execute 37 prisoners, several of them protesters

Advox

Saudi Arabia's assault on free speech continues, Careem might be sharing your number with drivers, and the internet is still shutdown in Chad.

23 April 2019

Leica's promo video referencing Tiananmen Square massacre went viral on Chinese social media. Then, it disappeared.

Advox

For days, users were forbidden from writing the words "Leica" in English and "徕卡" in Chinese on Weibo.

22 April 2019

India bans China's TikTok for ‘degrading culture and encouraging pornography’

Advox

People in India have been banned from downloading TikTok, a hugely popular quick video-sharing app based in China.

Government actions in Sri Lanka Easter bombings raise the question: Is social media helping or hurting?

Advox

The swift decision to block certain social media platforms suggests that in the eyes of the Sri Lankan government, these services can make an already bad situation worse.

21 April 2019

Netizen Report: If protecting your privacy is ‘part of a conspiracy,’ then we’re all in big trouble

Advox

Digital privacy tools draw suspicion in the US and Ecuador, India tackles Tiktok, and a Chinese man learns that facial recognition works -- even while you’re sleeping.

17 April 2019

China's Censored Histories: Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre

Advox

The crackdown on internet freedom in early June has become an iconic source of panic for the Communist Party of China.

11 April 2019

Slovenian officials rebuff Hungary, refuse to censor cartoon satire ridiculing Viktor Orbán

Slovenian officials pledged to "never interfere in any of the media’s editorial policy."

10 April 2019

Censored on WeChat: How a fatal bus accident in Chongqing symbolized China's ‘left turn’

Advox

Many people saw the bus accident, the result of a fight onboard, as an allegory of China's political turn in recent years.

Rumors of Russia's first ‘fake news’ case against a media outlet might just be fake news

RuNet EchoAdvox

Media were quick to suggest that a bogus yoga ban story could be the first victim of the Russia's 'fake news' law.

Hungarian state media are attacking a high school student who criticized government

Nagy has endured criticism of her intellect and even sexual harassment, with one pro-government media outlet calling her a "whore".

Censored on WeChat: Revelations of toxic ingredients in Hongmao medicinal liquor

Advox

Tan Qindong was arrested after revealing the presence of toxic herbs in a popular medicinal liquor. Posts about his ordeal were censored on WeChat.

5 April 2019

Netizen Report: As water levels rise, Iran’s ban on messaging apps is slowing emergency relief for flood victims

Advox

Iranians ask for censorship pause in face of fatal floods, Indians suspect Facebook of election meddling and Australia tries to ban violent videos.

4 April 2019

Mauritanian bloggers face defamation charges for reporting on corruption

Advox

The public prosecution accuses the two bloggers of spreading what it deemed were "false" reports of corruption allegations against the Mauritanian President.

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