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· March, 2020

Stories about Censorship from March, 2020

After being kidnapped and threatened, Mozambican YouTuber has his channel suspended

In early February, he was kidnapped for 24 hours, before he was freed by the police. A self-proclaimed prophet named Joe Williams is suspected of ordering the kidnapping.

Algeria's crackdown on dissent persists with detention of journalists

More than a year since the start of Algeria's countrywide protests to demand political and economic reforms, the government continues to resort to repressive tactics to silence critics and journalists.

COVID-19 diaries from Wuhan: ‘…not only a city being locked down, but also our voices’

In these Wuhan diaries, the lives of ordinary people living under top-down control and surveillance, show how people are atomized and reduced into a collective.

Watchdog decries threat to press freedom as China expels some US journalists

China announced it would expel American journalists working for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. The ban would extend to Hong Kong and Macau.

‘Being an activist is just a side-effect of being an artist': An interview with Chinese-Australian cartoonist Badiucao

Badiucao made headlines in 2019 when he revealed his identity in a documentary released on the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre. Filip Noubel caught up with the artist in...

China government spokesperson suggests on Twitter that COVID-19 may have originated in the United States

Chinese Communist Party-affiliated media have framed the incident as part of the US information war against China.

New call for the release of Kurdish poet İlhan Sami Çomak jailed in Turkey for 26 years

Recently, a new campaign has been gaining ground to draw attention to one of the country’s longest-serving political prisoners.

Campaign urging Wuhan residents to show gratitude to the Communist Party leadership in fighting COVID-19 backfires

"They don’t even have the strength to properly grieve and now somebody is telling them to learn how to say thank you. This is against humanity."

How Chinese social media platforms control information on COVID-19

At the initial stage of the outbreak of COVID-19 in China, censors curbed public alerts on the threat. Later, censorship was broadened to include criticism of leaders and policies.

Facebook seller wearing ‘sexy clothes’ charged with pornography in Cambodia

"Punishing women for their choice of clothing is part of the root cause of violence, rather than its cure, and must be rejected.”

Internet shutdowns in 2019: India continued to top list of worst offenders

In 2019, access to the internet was disrupted 121 times in India alone, says Access Now in a new report.

China censors report of how authorities hid COVID-19 genome sequence test result for 14 days

China hid genome sequence study for 14 days and authorities lied about the extent of the outbreak.

World Health Organization officials criticized for ‘slow response’ and ‘pro-China’ bias as COVID-19 spreads across the world

The anger directed at the World Health Organization's Director-General has gone viral and nearly 500,000 had signed up demanding his resignation.

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