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· February, 2020

Stories about Censorship from February, 2020

YouTuber in Mozambique kidnapped after denouncing a self-proclaimed prophet

In some of his YouTube videos, the user "Beleza em pessoa" criticized Mozambican prophets.

Justice for Tanzanian journalist Erick Kabendera comes at a steep price

Tanzanian freelance journalist Erick Kabendera was released from prison but faces hefty fines on charges of money laundering and tax evasion.

“Parental pin”: the Spanish far-right's fight to control public education

The Spanish political party Vox is demanding the right to prevent their children from being educated about feminism, equality or sexual diversity.

Rising attacks against journalists for reporting about the conflict in north Mozambique

There has been an alarming increase in the number of threats made against journalists who are covering the armed attacks in the northern province of Cabo Delgado.

Can a beloved Tashkent theatre resist the wrecking ball?

The famed Ilkhom Theatre may have survived decades of censorship and economic upheaval, but now it faces another foe: massive urban redevelopment in the Uzbek capital.

Chinese censorship demonstrates it can afford the cost of ‘the death of media’

A massive number of groups and user accounts were removed by platforms following the death of Dr. Li Wenliang, which set social media on fire.

Two Iranian rights activists revisit the November 2019 internet shutdown

“Hundreds of protestors were killed in a matter of three days and most of the world was not aware of what happened.’’

Pakistan's draconian rules on social media take activists by surprise

The new rules require social media companies to hand over user information and remove content deemed unlawful when requested by the authorities.

Positive energy floods Chinese social media as over 60,000 infected with COVID-2019

As of February 15, there are 66,577 infections and 1,524 deaths as a result of 2019-nCoV -- which has not stopped Chinese social media from being flooded with positive energy.

Is the coronavirus epidemic China's ‘Chernobyl moment'?

"It is a system that turns every natural disaster into an even greater man-made catastrophe."

Viral prank video mocks Putin's cult of personality

Russian blogger Bashir Dokhov hung a huge portrait of Putin in the elevator of a Moscow apartment block. He then installed a camera to record the reactions of stunned residents.

Public outcry over Wuhan coronavirus leads to blame game in China

Despite Beijing's claims, the central government bears significant responsibility for the mismanagement of crucial information in the early stages of the coronavirus outbreak.

What do we know about the ‘Great Firewall of India’?

After a six-month-long internet shutdown, access to only 301 white-listed websites has been granted in Jammu and Kashmir, whereas social media, VPNs and many other sites remain banned.

The battle of numbers in the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak

Several medical and academic institutions have run models on the Wuhan coronavirus, and all conclude the real figures - of infected and killed victims - are much higher than the...

Pakistani human rights activist who challenged military is arrested

Manzoor Ahmad Pashteen, a young a human rights activist from South Waziristan, Pakistan, has been arrested for alleged conspiracy and sedition.

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