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· November, 2020

Stories about Censorship from November, 2020

In the Middle East, words escape prison walls to inspire freedom and hope

"Why is our homeland so small and tight, and why am I considered a criminal or an enemy that threatens it!”

During the Cold War, Latin American intellectuals found solace in communist Prague

After World War II, Latin America had authoritarian, US-backed anti-communist governments. Facing repression at home, writers found refuge in communist Prague, in a story little-known in today's Czech Republic.

Solomon Islands bans Facebook for ‘harmful content’

"Do not go into public life and make laws and decisions for your own good or for your own protection as is seen with the banning of Facebook."

An internet with borders: A perspective from Pakistan

Pakistan recently adopted new rules imposing fines and bans on services that fail to take down and restrict content within short time frames.

How Hong Kong authorities are gradually taking over public broadcaster RTHK

The city's public broadcaster faces tremendous political pressure from all directions: censorship, internal investigations, warnings from regulators and, recently, a producer was arrested in connection with her reporting.

A Hong Kong reporter's account of the crackdown on press freedom under the national security law

"What we are facing now is not just the survival of Apple Daily but the whole independent media sector."

Five new digital media platforms for uncensored news from Colombia

In Colombia, a new generation of journalists are fighting self-censorship and investigating corruption.

Malaysian students face sedition probe over Facebook post urging the king not to interfere in politics

"Academic scholarship and promotion of human rights cannot flourish in an atmosphere of censorship and disproportionate restriction of speech and expression."

Four ways Brazilians turned to social media to question racism and corruption

With millions of tweets, Brazilians have a mixed impact on politics but show fervor for transparency, equality and anti-racism.

European Court of Human Rights verdict vindicates Macedonian columnist convicted of defamation in 2010

"This verdict is important for Macedonian journalists, columnists, and overall, for the people that appear in public, as it encourages them to be principled, honest, brave and persistent."

Shutdowns, throttling and stifling dissent online: Africa’s new normal, Part II

Weaponizing digital blackouts or social media clamp down by Algeria, Ethiopia, Guinea, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania is an ominous sign of a deeply problematic system of governance. 

Shutdowns, throttling and stifling dissent online: Africa’s new normal, Part I

African governments are using school examinations and politically charged moments as an excuse to effect digital blackouts or clamp down on social media. 

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