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Stories about Freedom of Speech

17 August 2018

Fearing reprimand, student protesters in Bangladesh go silent

Advox

The government has blamed social media users and activists for trying to create unrest by sharing provocative posts and content on Facebook.

13 August 2018

Lebanon ramps up interrogations of online activists

Advox

“You cannot bring us up with a mentality of freedom and then try to oppress us.”

11 August 2018

Condemnation of independence activist draws a red line for Hong Kong's press freedom

Advox

The Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents' Club is under fire for organizing a talk by independence activist Andy Chan.

9 August 2018

Netizen Report: Bangladesh protests trigger mobile network cuts, journalist arrest

Advox

Venezuela goes after journalists' cameras after drone attack, Iran re-routes Telegram (to government servers) and Google tries to go back to China.

7 August 2018

As Malaysia's new government marks 100 days in office, is free speech still under threat?

Advox

"We hope to see a genuine departure from the old oppression, and a transition into a Malaysia where all ideas can be discussed peacefully and our constitutional rights exercised maturely."

6 August 2018

Landmark ruling in Angola acquits journalist Rafael Marques of all charges

Advox

While Marques had been brought to court on previous occasions, this was the first time he was formally acquited.

Iran’s telecommunications company illegally rerouted Telegram app traffic

Advox

In a new move aimed at tightening the state-imposed ban on the Telegram messaging app, the Telecommunications Company of Iran (TCI) temporarily rerouted Telegram app traffic in violation of domestic law in July 2018.

Bangladeshi photojournalist Shahidul Alam detained over student protest coverage

Advox

"...there were people with machetes in their hands chasing unarmed students. And the police are standing by watching it happen."

3 August 2018

Cricket Australia under fire for sacking female employee over abortion reform tweets

"Clearly 1951 rolls on down the corridors of Cricket Australia, a halcyon place where a woman’s place is out the door. It’s not Cricket. It’s institutional misogyny."

If Google goes back to China, it will be on the government's terms. What will that mean for human rights?

Advox

Google may be prepared to compromise human rights principles for the Chinese market. But it will still depend on the Chinese government to grant its entry.

Killing speech softly: How the world’s biggest tech companies are quietly censoring critical expression in the Middle East

Advox

The failures of tech giants in moderating content in the region is a big and complex problem.

2 August 2018

Officials blame WhatsApp for spike in mob killings, but Indians say vicious party politics are at fault

Advox

"Mob lynching is a political tool being used to polarise society....The idea is to create a fear psychosis by unleashing the mobs on a certain community."

27 July 2018

Netizen Report: Russia and Sudan join the ranks of countries looking to outlaw ‘fake news’

On the heels of recent legislation in Malaysia, Philippines, Brazil and France, the latest draft laws on “fake news” come from Sudan and Russia.

From state censorship to western stereotypes, an interview with Iranian artist Maryam Palizgir

Maryam Palzigir's experience fought against both state censorship of artistic expression in Iran and now Western stereotypes of Iranians in the U.S.

25 July 2018

Attack by municipal guards signals rising threats against journalists in Ukraine

Advox

Municipal Guards for the city of Odessa attacked a group of journalists with teargas and rubber batons.

Yet another vaccine scandal hits China's big pharma, sparking fear, rage — and censorship

For over a decade, a series of similar scandals have plagued China's emerging pharmaceutical industry, and people seem to have lost faith.

24 July 2018

Cambodia’s ‘clean finger’ campaign urges voters to boycott ‘sham’ election

"No #CNRP, no real #election! No voting, no dirty finger!"

19 July 2018

Access denied: How Uganda’s social media tax is turning news and information into luxury goods

Advox

For Uganda’s poorest residents, the new tax raises internet connection costs by 10%.

Netizen Report: Israeli legislators look at new laws that would stifle speech and surveil the public

Advox

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

18 July 2018

Activist Naïm Touré sentenced to prison over Facebook post in Burkina Faso

Advox

"Freedom of expression is a constitutional right in our country; free NAÏM TOURÉ"

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