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· February, 2021

Stories about Censorship from February, 2021

In post-war Armenia, legislators take aim at press freedom

Since the war, press work has been thrown into disarray by new and often vague regulations. Now, new draft bills could make reporting in Armenia even more difficult.

Bloggers, journalists and creatives in the crosshairs of the Belarusian state

As the space for free expression in Belarus narrows, many journalists and artists who covered the protests are awaiting trial.

Algeria releases dozens of pro-democracy prisoners ahead of Hirak anniversary

Rachid Nekkaz and Khalid Drareni are among Hirak-linked prisoners pardoned by the president, who also ordered a cabinet reshuffle and dissolved parliament as protests resumed over unmet demands of 2019...

Mozambique’s President pardons young men who insulted him in viral video

One of the men was even arrested, and the case was widely discussed on social media.

In unrecognized Transnistria, a retiree faces criminal charges for ‘anti-Russian’ rhetoric

A 70-year-old Transnistria citizen faces a five-year prison term for critical statements about Russian peacekeeping forces in the breakaway Moldova region.

Flights carrying ‘seafood’ between China and Myanmar fuel speculation about Beijing's support for the military coup

There's also speculation that the recurring power outages in Myanmar in the past few days are related to the testing and setup of Myanmar's version of The Great Firewall.

Will Burundi's new government lift restrictions on its once-lively press?

Burundi's new president has recently offered an olive branch to suspended media as the government seeks to improve the country's international reputation.

Freedom of expression in a downward spiral in Southern Africa, says new study

Outdated laws, exorbitant fees, and stifling of dissent have ramped up violations to the right of free expression in Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Myanmar introduces ‘draconian’ cyber security bill amid growing anti-coup protests

'It can be expected that the true aim of the bill is to repress freedom of expression online and ban social networks.'

New Russian law demands self-censorship from social media platforms

Experts believe that the most likely reason for the new self-censorship legislation is the state's desire to curtail the growing discontent and protest activity in the country.

Is Mozambique trying to expel a foreign journalist?

Bowker is the founder of the news website Zitamar News, which in recent years has been praised for its coverage of the armed conflict in the Cabo Delgado province.

Saudi court reduces sentence of prominent doctor held since 2017

Unfamiliar pressure from the U.S. is seen to drive a breakthrough in the case of Dr Fitaihi, who was arrested, tortured, and banned from travel since 2017.

China blocks Clubhouse after netizens discuss Xinjiang and Tiananmen

For a brief moment in time, Clubhouse cracked the Great Firewall.

China shuts down its most popular piracy website—is it just about copyright?

Netizens wonder whether the crackdown had something to do with Xi Jinping’s ideological battle against "Western values."

What happened in Myanmar on the first day of the coup

"People are disheartened by the news and mostly sharing information about each other’s whereabouts and safety measures. We have all seen this coming but it’s surreal when it actually happens."

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