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Stories about Censorship

20 August 2019

Mozambique pushes for SIM card registration, raising privacy concerns

Advox

The measure would make it easier for the authorities to identify the owners of registered SIM cards.

19 August 2019

Pakistan's government suspends relations with India in show of solidarity with Kashmiris

After Narendra Modi's government in India scrapped Article 370, many Pakistanis asked the ruling party to take action.

Mainland Chinese netizens face ‘pink terror’ of patriotic trolls amid Hong Kong protests

Advox

Those who do not toe the official party line are identified and subjected to doxxing.

16 August 2019

Vitriolic response to art exhibit tests the limits of freedom of speech in Japan

A controversial art exhibition at an arts festival in Japan has led to government criticism, threats, at least one arrest, protests by artists and questions about freedom of expression.

Indian government asks Twitter to remove accounts ‘spreading rumours’ about Kashmir

Advox

With the communication blackout inside Kashmir, netizens elsewhere resorted to Twitter to speak out against India's revocation of the region's autonomous status.

Indian-administered Kashmir is like an ‘open prison’, says observers

"What is happening in Kashmir is 'normal' in the sense that state-backed violence, deceit and lies, gag on civilian voices, and govt propaganda have always been a 'normal' in Kashmir."

12 August 2019

Withheld in Turkey: How the government exploits removal requests to silence critical and independent voices

Advox

For years, Turkey has been exploiting tools offered by social media platforms to restrict illegal content in a particular jurisdiction, to silence critical voices.

9 August 2019

Netizen Report: Journalists are under fire from Cambodia to Cuba — and beyond

Advox

Across the globe, journalists are facin charges of everything from espionage to tax evasion.

6 August 2019

Sentencing of Turkish social media influencer sparks debate on free speech

Advox

A Turkish Twitter celebrity is being sued for allegedly advocating drug consumption, reigniting the debate about online freedom of expression

2 August 2019

Ugandan feminist Stella Nyanzi deploys nude protest to challenge free speech sentence

Advox

Feminist scholar Stella Nyanzi, known for "radical rudeness" as protest, flashed her breasts and shouted obscenities in protest in court after receiving 9 more months in prison for cyber harassment.

29 July 2019

Lack of diverse media ownership leads to censorship in Pakistan says new report

In Pakistan, a small number of companies dominate the country's media landscape in terms of both ownership and audience share.

26 July 2019

Video of the military using violent methods divides public opinion and highlights gravity of the attacks in northern Mozambique

"Mozambican president, Filipe Nyusi, called the attacks acts of terrorism and promised the military would continue the combat on the ground and would not rest until peace is restored."

25 July 2019

Twitter campaign by Pakistani ruling party warns media against anti-state criticism

Advox

According to the government, the idea behind the series of tweets was not to ridicule but to ‘educate’ the media. However, the activists feel otherwise amidst troll attacks.

19 July 2019

What do Zimbabwe’s internet disruptions say about the state of digital rights in the country?

Advox

Government officials have repeatedly described access to social media as a potential threat, hinting that more disruptions would not be ruled out in the future. 

Netizen Report: In Nigeria and Russia, laws against online ‘insult’ put internet activists on thin ice

Advox

Activists in Nigeria and Russia face charges for "online insult", a Twitter campaign targets "anti-Pakistan" journalists abnd Mauritania’s internet is back on, for now.

17 July 2019

How Nigeria uses the law to repress free speech: The case of journalist Jones Abiri

Advox

Draconian legislation often used to arbitrarily detain journalists and dissenting voices exemplifies the precarious state of press freedom and free speech in Nigeria.

16 July 2019

Kremlin's new law against ‘online disrespect’ proves hard to implement

RuNet EchoAdvox

The law allows courts to fine or jail people found guilty of making “insulting statements” towards the authorities online.

9 July 2019

‘A dangerous trend': Pakistani journalists critical of the government and military targeted in Twitter campaign

Advox

As if threats from the authorities against press freedom in Pakistan were not  enough, online nationalist vigilantes are also on the pry against journalists.

China’s censored histories: The struggle to carry memories of the Tiananmen Massacre into the future

Advox

Chinese internet users circumvent censorship on 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre with artworks, music and memes.

8 July 2019

Post-election crackdown in Mauritania: Internet shutdown lifted, journalist remains in detention

Advox

Despite ending a 10-day internet shutdown, the government continues to restrict press freedom and freedom of expression as part of its post-election crackdown.

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