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Stories about Freedom of Speech

28 March 2017

Iranians See Arrests and Intimidation of Telegram Administrators and Journalists Ahead of the Elections

Global Voices Advocacy

Revolutionary Guards have previously attempted to limit Telegram's free flow of information with arrests for immoral or obscene content. This is the first time crackdowns have focused on political affiliation.

26 March 2017

Reporter's Murder in Mexico Revives Outrage over Violence against Journalists

"They killed Miroslava for talking, for making information that society demands to be public, and for annoying the powerful, in all its forms."

23 March 2017

Netizen Report: Why Did YouTube Censor Your Videos? You May Never Know.

Global Voices Advocacy

A Brazilian blogger is forced to identify his sources, Iran cracks down on speech pre-election, and Tunisia's Truth and Dignity Commission hears testimony from bloggers persecuted under Ben Ali.

Is Jamaica Preventing Cybercrime or Cyber Activism? The Tambourine Army Goes to Court

Global Voices Advocacy

"Making threats through social media is a criminal offence, but making accusations is not. In interpreting the new act, the courts must ensure [...] the right to freedom of expression.”

22 March 2017

Rio de Janeiro Is Caught Between a Yellow Fever Scare and Press Censorship

"What's left of the dictatorship? Everything except the dictatorship."

21 March 2017

Jamaican Activist Arrested Under Cybercrime Law Amid Her Campaign Against Sexual Violence

Global Voices Advocacy

"If the Tambourine Army believe they have exhausted all avenues of ‘proper’ ways to advocate, then I say do what you must, but please don’t give up the fight."

UAE Authorities Arrest One Rights Activist and Extend the Detention of Another

Global Voices Advocacy

On 20 March police arrested human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor from his home. Meanwhile, UAE authorities have refused to release Osama al-Najjar, despite him having served out his prison sentence.

18 March 2017

Brazilian Facebook User Prosecuted for Posting a Joke About a Politician

Global Voices Advocacy

The administrator was prosecuted not for defamation, but rather for violating Brazil's anonymity laws.

17 March 2017

Fake News and Fake Solutions: How Do We Build a Civics of Trust?

The Bridge

When posing solutions to fix fake news, we need to be careful not to build our own self-censorship machines.

16 March 2017

UAE Court Sentences Jordanian Journalist Tayseer al-Najjar to Prison

Global Voices Advocacy

UAE authorities took issue with a Facebook post that Tayseer al-Najjar published before he had even moved to the country.

Netizen Report: Azerbaijani Bloggers Targeted with Legal Threats, Spearphishing

Global Voices Advocacy

Censorship is up in France, China is censoring scientists (again), and Facebook tells developers to stop using network data for surveillance.

14 March 2017

Syrian Civil Society in Douma Navigates a Tough Crackdown

Fundamentalist backlash to a magazine article has thrown civil society in Douma and Eastern Ghouta into turmoil, as activists and journalists struggle to get back to work.

13 March 2017

Macedonians Mourn Folk Singer Vanja Lazarova, Whose Plight Inspired Facebook Activism

Vanja Lazarova became part of digital activism history in Macedonia after her tough circumstances late in life inspired the innovative use of Facebook as a tool to petition the government.

12 March 2017

In Kyrgyzstan, Prosecutors Sue Media for Offending President

Global Voices Advocacy

"By advising him to sue internet publications, they are really doing him a bad turn."

Reckless Diplomacy: Turkey-Netherlands #TulipCrisis Is Scary Viewing for Minorities in Europe

A rally, a crackdown and a diplomatic standoff that stands to benefit nationalist politicians in both countries, but almost no-one else.

11 March 2017

Chinese Scientists Speak Out Against the Great Firewall (Again)

Global Voices Advocacy

'...it takes at least 10-20 second to access a page. Sometimes it takes more than half an hour to access some university websites…'

10 March 2017

In China's Shadow: Will Taiwanese Universities Sell Out Academic Freedom?

A combination of political and economic pressures at local universities are laying the ground for an unsettling compromise.

South Africans Want Their Government's Hands Off Social Media

Global Voices Advocacy

South Africa's Minister of State Security announced that his government is contemplating regulating social media to counter false narratives and the spread of fake news.

8 March 2017

Russian Socialists Celebrate International Women's Day With Guerilla Ads on the Subway

RuNet Echo

A group of socialist activists in St. Petersburg is using guerilla advertising to show the city a different way to acknowledge International Women's Day.

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