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Stories about Freedom of Speech

20 October 2017

Netizen Report: Will Egypt’s Jailed Activists Ever See Justice?

Global Voices Advocacy

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

16 October 2017

A ‘Verified’ Social Media Account Can Help Protect Iranian Activists — If They’re Lucky Enough to Get One

Global Voices Advocacy

Social media companies can do more to protect communities facing online attacks.

13 October 2017

Netizen Report: Free Speech Is Under Fire in Catalonia’s Push for Independence

Global Voices Advocacy

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

‘Are We Still in the Stone Age?’ Cambodians Express Disappointment as Government Bans ‘Kingsman’ Movie Sequel

"This is ludicrous, I can't believe these so-called experts could not distinguish between fiction and reality."

12 October 2017

Comical Unintended Consequences of Turkish President Erdogan's State Visit to Serbia

The warm welcome of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan by Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić during a state visit this week incited many satirical comments on nationalism and media freedoms.

In Algeria, Two Imprisoned Bloggers Go on Hunger Strike

Global Voices Advocacy

Freedom of expression and press freedom are under attack in Algeria.

10 October 2017

Hong Kong Anti-Communist Magazines Cease Publication After Four Decades

Global Voices Advocacy

"I wanted to write something but found myself speechless. In an era like this, what can I say?"

6 October 2017

Malaysia Bans Books and Cartoons Deemed ‘Prejudicial to Public Order’

"By banning books that provoke the mind to think critically, this government of ours showed its true color of being an authority of bigotry and anti-intellectualism."

Netizen Report: LGBT People Face Online Censorship and Threats in Egypt, Jordan

Global Voices Advocacy

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

5 October 2017

Is Free Speech an ‘Empty Promise’ in Singapore? Activists Bristle After Police Detain Performance Artist

Global Voices Advocacy

Under Singapore’s strict Public Order Act, a single person can be held liable for participating in an illegal assembly.

3 October 2017

Serbian Groups Stage Blackout to Protest Media Intimidation By Tax Authority

Global Voices Advocacy

The shuttering of a Serbian newspaper led to physical protest and an online blackout with 150 participating websites.

1 October 2017

Ik ‘ta K'op Collective Supports the Technological Sovereignty of the Indigenous People in Mexico's Chiapas State

Rising Voices

The project "aims to support the indigenous peoples in remote parts of the Mexican state of Chiapas to have access to [...] technologies to meet their communication and participation needs."

29 September 2017

Netizen Report: From Puerto Rico to Bangladesh, Mobile Blackouts Exacerbate Humanitarian Crisis

Global Voices Advocacy

This week, two populations on opposite sides of the globe are facing communication shutdowns amid rapidly worsening humanitarian crises.

Saudi Women Activists Win Driving Victory in Shadow of Guardianship System and Wave of Arrests

Saudi women may soon be able to drive. However, they continue to face discriminatory barriers under the kingdom's male guardianship system.

28 September 2017

Malaysia Detained Turkish Scholar Mustafa Akyol for ‘Unauthorized Teaching’ of Religion

"By policing religion, authorities are not really protecting it. They are only enfeebling their societies, raising hypocrites and causing many people to lose their faith in or respect for Islam."

25 September 2017

Purple March Unites a Thousand Malaysian Women Against ‘Toxic Politics’

"It was quite a sight to behold. 1,000 people does not sound like a lot, but in Malaysia...protesting is not looked upon kindly..."

22 September 2017

Saudi Arabia Eases Restrictions on Messaging Apps, But WhatsApp and Viber Are Still Blocked

Global Voices Advocacy

Since 2013, the Saudi government has partially or fully blocked chat and call applications including WhatsApp, Skype, Facebook Messenger and FaceTime.

21 September 2017

Human Rights Group Prevented by Police and Anti-Communist Mob From Commemorating 1965 Massacre in Indonesia

"The complete inaction of the police to stop this violence, contributes to the erosion of democracy and violations of the rights to freedom of expression and assembly in Indonesia."

20 September 2017

Netizen Report: Germany’s New Social Media Law Puts a Price on Hate Speech

Global Voices Advocacy

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Sentenced to One Year in Prison for ‘Inciting Protest,’ a Moroccan Journalist Goes on Hunger Strike

Global Voices Advocacy

Several journalists have been arrested by Moroccan authorities over their coverage of the unrest in the Rif region.

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