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· September, 2019

Stories about Censorship from September, 2019

29 September 2019

Censorship and online threats against the press spell trouble for the future of Pakistani journalism

The Committee to Protect Journalists says as many as 61 journalists have been killed in Pakistan since 1992; in most cases, the perpetrators could not be identified.

Press freedom watchdog dismisses China’s '70 Years of Progress on Human Rights’ as ‘smokescreen’

Reporters Without Borders slams China's white paper on human rights as "a smokescreen" to mask the country's "horrendous record" with regard to human rights and press freedom.

26 September 2019

Netizen Report: Anti-corruption protests across Egypt trigger internet blockages, arrests

Advox

Censorship spikes as protests mount in Egypt, Twitter censors hundreds of pro-state accounts and a Pakistani court delivers a win for free speech online.

19 September 2019

Yale-NUS college draws criticism in Singapore after canceling a class on ‘dialogue and dissent’

"If we cannot make space and listen to the person that says no, then democracy dies. It’s that fundamental."

18 September 2019

Once hotbeds of political resistance, Czech secondhand bookstores are slowly disappearing

The few surviving "antikvariat" have turned into nostalgia museums.

13 September 2019

Netizen Report: Malicious attack takes Wikipedia offline

Advox

This week, Wikipedia went dark, Raul Castro got kicked off Twitter and the internet finally came back to Papua.

Locked down in Kashmir: A traveler's view

The Bridge

It's been more than a month since the Indian government placed the state of Kashmir on lockdown. A Bangladeshi traveller shares her experience of visiting the region during that period.

12 September 2019

Serbian member of pro-Kremlin biker club under investigation for assaulting a female journalist

Advox

Journalist Verica Marinčić was stalked and attacked by a member of the 'Night Wolves' biker group, after posting a photo of his car, parked illegally.

9 September 2019

Sedition charge against union leader sparks debate about freedom of speech in Trinidad and Tobago

The legislation is being called into question following the arrest of a prominent trade union leader, over fears it infringes on freedom of speech rights.

Why we must keep shining a light on Turkmenistan

The Bridge

Turkmenistan’s rulers are not eager to publicise the country’s hardships. Independent media is non-existent and social media severely restricted. If news travels at all, it travels covertly. That’s where I come in.

Singapore prime minister sues independent news website for defamation

Advox

The prime minister is suing The Online Citizen over an article that tackled the leader’s public feud with his siblings.

7 September 2019

Overnight music hit turns rappers into social justice heroes in Turkey

With over 10 million views and still trending, the song 'cannot stay silent' is making a deafening noise in Turkey and liberating the minds.

6 September 2019

Netizen Report: Two years after fleeing military attacks in Myanmar, Rohingya refugees face mobile blackout in Bangladesh

Advox

Refugees lose mobile access in Bangladesh, a Hong Kong web forum weathers a DDoS attack, and Turkey expands internet regulations.

How Turkey's broadcast regulator is taking over the supervision of online content

Advox

Under a new regulation, local streaming services like Netflix are required to adjust their content to the regulator's rules and guidelines.

Hong Kong Reddit-like LIHKG faces unprecedented DDoS attacks redirected from Chinese Internet companies

Advox

Massive web traffics are redirected through two Chinese companies to pro-democracy web forum LIHKG from all over the world.

3 September 2019

Bangladesh cuts access to mobile phone services for the Rohingya

Advox

The Bangladeshi government has ordered telecommunications companies to block cell phone access at Rohingya camps, on the pretext of protecting ‘national security.’