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Stories about Freedom of Speech

5 May 2016

Netizen Report: LGBT News Site Editor is Latest Victim of Attacks on Bangladeshi Intellectuals

Global Voices Advocacy

The assault on free thinking continues in Bangladesh, Mexico's Supreme Court upholds the "Stalker Law", and WhatsApp faces another shutdown in Brazil.

Puerto Ricans Protest Against a Proposed US Financial Oversight Board

Some banners at the march read "Our future is in debt" and "Financial control board, colonial slavery."

3 May 2016

Iranian Cartoonist Atena Farghadani Goes Free on World Press Freedom Day

Global Voices Advocacy

On May 3, just in time for World Press Freedom Day, Iranian cartoonist Atena Farghadani was released from Evin Prison.

2 May 2016

Is Telegram Really Safe for Activists Under Threat? These Two Russians Aren't So Sure.

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Russian opposition activists are investigating the possible role of state law enforcement in the remote hacking of their Telegram messenger accounts.

It’s Open Season on Online Hate Speech in Myanmar

Global Voices Advocacy

A group of peace advocates launched a page on Facebook dedicated to addressing the rising number of hate-speech cases in Myanmar. Meet the “No-Hate Speech Project.”

29 April 2016

South Sudan Is a Dangerous Place to Work as a Journalist

"South Sudan: 7 journalists killed in 2015. No killers brought to justice. No explanation from government."

Fighting Fear and Hopelessness From House Arrest in Macedonia

A 19-year-old law student placed under house arrest in Macedonia explains why thousands of protesters like him are fed up with the nation's leaders.

27 April 2016

Chinese Big Brother Is Watching You, Even in Australia

"We are concerned that Mr Wu is becoming a victim of the Chinese government’s increasingly intrusive attempts to curb voices of dissent among overseas Chinese."

Mexico’s Controversial ‘Telecom Law’ Is Now in the Supreme Court’s Court

Global Voices Advocacy

"In a country with a serious democratic deficit and in which public officials are responsible for attacks on journalists and dissidents, these measures could be used to pursue uncomfortable opinions."

26 April 2016

Russian Prosecutor General Accuses ‘Right Sector’ of Using Social Media to Overthrow the Kremlin

RuNet Echo

The Russian Prosecutor General claims that Ukrainian nationalist group "Right Sector" used the Russian social network VKontakte to organize "mass riots and unsanctioned public events."

25 April 2016

Journalist Zoran Božinovski's Supporters Fear Extradition to Macedonia Puts Him at Risk of Torture

"The Serbian government will bear responsibility if Božinovski is exposed to inhuman treatment in Macedonian prisons."

23 April 2016

How Ukraine Is Dealing With the European Refugee Crisis

RuNet Echo

While Ukrainian officials and right-wing activists use the refugee crisis to win political points and shape public opinion, the Middle Eastern refugees themselves aren't exactly flocking to settle in Ukraine.

Malaysia Will Likely Force ‘Political Blogs’ and News Websites to Register With the Government

Global Voices Advocacy

Human rights groups and media freedom advocates denounced the proposal as a curtailment of free speech, adding that the move reverses Malaysia's earlier stated commitment to promoting Internet freedom.

21 April 2016

Iranian Journalist Omid Memarian: ‘Turning Explosive Anger Into Something Constructive Is an Art’

The Bridge

"In Iran, you don’t need to go after the authorities to get into trouble. By merely following the common sense line and raising simple questions you could be targeted."

18 April 2016

Dissidents Worry #TwitterisDead After Company Hires Former Chinese Military Officer

Global Voices Advocacy

"This is a severe threat to the Chinese struggling for free speech."

17 April 2016

Tanzania's Cybercrime Act Makes It Dangerous to “Insult” the President on Facebook

Global Voices Advocacy

Tanzanian netizen Isaac Habakuk Emily is accused of posting a controversial Facebook message "insulting" the president of Tanzania.

15 April 2016

LGBT Activists Arrested at Bengali New Year March, Later Released

Global Voices Advocacy

Police held five persons for reportedly suspicious behaviour, alleging that they were trying to initiate a "gay rally".

Cambodian Human Rights Group Criticizes Telecoms Law

Global Voices Advocacy

Some observers suspect that the law reflects the ruling party's desire to stifle online discussions as elections approach in 2017 and 2018.

12 April 2016

A Breakdown of the Current Version of Brazil's Cybercrimes Bill

Global Voices Advocacy

Following criticism, the Commission made some changes to the most controversial elements of the legislation. But a battle still lies ahead.

Colorful Rickshaw Paintings Protest Violence Against Women in Bangladesh

"We hope that words will thus roam around places and find their ways into people’s thought, leading us to a better tomorrow."

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