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· June, 2019

Stories about Censorship from June, 2019

Netizen Report: Conflict triggers internet shutdowns in Mauritania, Myanmar and Ethiopia (again)

Struggles for political power in Myanmar, Mauritania and Ethiopia led to widespread shutdowns of internet services this week.

China's censored histories: The evolving blacklist on Tiananmen Massacre

The blacklist shows an ongoing struggle between those vowing never to forget and authorities attempting to erase this piece of history from collective memory. 

Turkey’s ‘Academics for Peace’ defend their beliefs from prison cells and exile

Turkish universities are being gutted of critical thinkers while academics serve time for showing solidarity with their fellow citizens.

Myanmar disables internet access in conflict areas of Rakhine and Chin states

The government and operators did not specify when access to the internet will be restored.

‘Is vagina a dirty word?’ Ugandan feminist Stella Nyanzi's court battle continues

Nyanzi battles for her freedom of expression. Besides this case, Nyanzi still faces charges other charges of cyber harassment and offensive communication.

Netizen Report: Lawyers seek court challenge against Ethio Telecom over internet shutdown

Pakistani bloggers face threats for online speech, Algeria shuts down social media and Indonesian police say they’re "cyber patrolling" WhatsApp.

Netizen Report: Amid demonstrations for democracy, Sudanese civilians face military violence — and internet shutdowns

From Kazakhstan to Khartoum to Hong Kong, protests brought internet shutdowns and online attacks this week.

The Ivan Golunov phenomenon: a brief moment of solidarity and euphoria in Putin’s Russia

Many are calling for more action to punish law enforcement forces that fabricated the case.

Arrest of investigative journalist Ivan Golunov marks turning point in Russian society

Golunov's arrest has galvanized a rare show of support from all sides of the Russian political spectrum.

Police raids on major media organisations expose lack of press freedom in Australia

"These continued attacks on press freedoms in Australia should be condemned in the strongest possible terms. Freedom of the Press to scrutinise the Govt is crucial to liberal democracy."

Xi Jinping has muzzled Chinese social sciences, says French sinologist Chloé Froissart

As China's GDP slows down, and unemployment grows, the situation will get worse with the absence of any mechanism for social dialogue. One cannot rule out violent riots.

Tiananmen commemorations: an inconvenient truth for Beijing, a dire warning for Hong Kong and Taiwan

As many witnesses and activists asked: when will Beijing finally acknowledge historical facts? When will it apologize to the families of the victims?

How Beijing uses intimidation to censor the Tiananmen Massacre outside of China

"Beijing's intimidation does have an impact on shaping the stories [journalists] tell and the ways that they tell it.”

Tinder now required to share user data with Russian authorities

The app is now legally required to store users' data for six months and provide it to the Russian authorities at their request.

Turning ‘likes’ into rewards: Hong Kong citizen media outlets launch ‘Civic Likers’ campaign

By turning “likes” into “monetary rewards”, the content can remain open for public access while the authors can get their revenue from “likes”.

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