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Stories about Censorship

Tech giants halt data requests as Hong Kong national security law casts long shadow

Local demand for circumvention tools is surging amid fears that a China-style "Great Firewall" is in the offing.

The Uyghur Meshrep: A traditional community gathering censored in China

While Uyghurs have for centuries celebrated male bonding and cultural transmission in a ritual of music and conversations, China is now banning the original concept of the tradition.

India bans TikTok, 58 other apps amid rising anti-China sentiment, border clashes

The border clashes and the stand-off between India and China reached naught after India decided to ban video-creation platform TikTok and 58 other apps due to “security issues”.

Uyghur emojis help spread message of cultural resistance over social media

Emojis representing Uyghur characters and culture are now available on the encrypted messenger platform Telegram in an effort by the Uyghur diaspora in Russian-speaking countries to raise visibility.

Mexican feminists and workers’ rights defenders faced wave of arrests in June

Various threats, arrests, and detentions happened in under 15 days.

What is it like to be a mainland Chinese living in Hong Kong and supporting the protests?

Pro-protest mainlanders get doxxed by hostile internet users at home and sometimes face discrimination in their adopted city.

Milada Horáková: 70 years after her sham trial and execution, Czechs reflect on their communist past

A creative visual campaign reopens old wounds as Czech society reflects on their communist past and the victims of Stalinist sham trials, including the feminist Milada Horáková.

Activists demand end to year-long internet disruption in Myanmar's Rakhine and Chin States

In the middle of a global pandemic, access to information is even more critical than usual.

From prison to exile: An interview with Vietnamese activist Tran Thi Nga

A former prisoner of conscience talks about her experience after she was arrested and the impact her incarceration had on her family.

Thailand's ‘youthquake': Activism in the time of COVID-19

Pro-democracy flash mob protests rocked Thailand in January and February. COVID-19 has shifted acts of resistance to cyberspace.

Timor-Leste plans to restore criminal defamation law amid concerns about its free speech impact

"This draft law threatens everyone, particularly vulnerable people without political connections or financial resources. "

Migrant workers face racism and rampant human rights violations across the Gulf

Migrant workers in the Gulf region are being subjected to a fierce campaign calling for their deportation that is riddled with racist speeches and hatred.

A new game plays with ideas about how disinformation works in East Africa

"Chose Your Own Fake News" is an online game that teaches new internet users how to be more discerning about the information they receive and encounter in digital spaces.

COVID-19 diaries from Wuhan: When diaries become citizen reports

"As time passes, diaries are like caterpillars transforming into butterflies."

The mural will not be whitewashed: How dissident poet Joseph Brodsky continues to inspire free-thinking Russians

The 80th anniversary of the birth of Russian poet Joseph Brodsky was marked in Russia by an incident highlighting the special place writers still hold in Russian political culture.

Silicon Valley tech giants race to build Africa's internet infrastructure. Should Africa worry?

Google and Facebook are building undersea internet cables for Africans with access to high-speed internet — but 33 nations in Africa still don't have comprehensive data privacy laws.

‘A possible violation’: Mexico's biggest telecommunications operator is blocking Tor network

The Tor network is a free and open-source software used throughout the world by those who wish to exercise their freedom of expression and information while maintaining their privacy and anonymity.

Pakistan blocks Twitter, Zoom and Periscope to curb critical voices

In mid-May, Twitter, Zoom and Persicope were either blocked or throttled across Pakistan. Activists say the move was meant to target a few web conferences on human rights issues.

COVID-19 diaries from Wuhan: A day of arranged mourning

"Today is a sunny. I always look forward to a sunny day when it is cloudy. But the sunlight today feels so ironic."

Foreign Correspondent's Club of Japan accused of censorship after taking down Tokyo Olympics parody

The April issue of the club's magazine featured the Tokyo Olympics' emblem depicted in the shape of a coronavirus, which reportedly prompted copyright complaints from the Olympic Organising Committee.

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