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Stories about Freedom of Speech

20 January 2017

Health of Detained UAE Academic Nasser Bin Ghaith at Risk, Rights Groups Say

Global Voices Advocacy

Bin Ghaith was held incommunicado for nine months over and deprived of adequate food and clothing. Supporters are now concerned for his health.

Netizen Report: Bahrain Orders News Outlet to Stop ‘Using Electronic Media Tools’

Global Voices Advocacy

Israeli lawmakers give nod to ‘Facebook Bill’, Oman suspends free speech cases against Facebookers, and Kenyans fear an election day Internet shutdown.

19 January 2017

Bahrain Intensifies Media Crackdown Ahead of Protest Anniversary

Global Voices Advocacy

On 16 January, the government banned the online edition of the country’s only independent newspaper al-Wasat, from "using electronic media tools".

14 January 2017

UK Horror Writer Graham Masterton Organizes Short Story Contest for the Inmates of Poland's Prisons

“The prisoners can write about anything they like. Even though they’re locked up, I want to see them setting their imagination free.”

13 January 2017

Israel Advances New ‘Facebook Bill’, Threatening Free Speech

Global Voices Advocacy

Between October 2015 and January 2016 alone, Israel arrested 150 Palestinians on the grounds of "incitement through social media."

A Year of Living Strategically

The Bridge

2017 promises to be a vital year for Global Voices. Some further thoughts on our strategy planning process.

12 January 2017

Kenyans Fear a Possible Internet Shutdown During 2017 Presidential Election

Global Voices Advocacy

Kenya would be not the first country in Africa to shut down its Internet during elections -- Uganda and The Gambia have already gone this far.

Ukraine Bans Russia’s One Independent TV Station

RuNet Echo

The Ukrainian government has voted to remove Russian independent TV station Dozhd from its list of approved foreign broadcasters, giving providers one month to remove the station from their networks.

11 January 2017

‘Most Efficient Trial in History’ Fines Serbian Magazine for Defamation of Interior Minister

Global Voices Advocacy

"How can a journalist be 'unauthorised' to do their job: gathering information and suggesting conclusions based on the gathered evidence?"

5 January 2017

Outspoken Fashion Designer Arrested By Turkish Authorities

The arrest of a public figure like Şansal, who is unaffiliated with any political party, has other government critics fearing they could be next.

3 January 2017

Veteran Journalists in Hong Kong Launch Non-Profit News Site in Defense of Press Freedom

Global Voices Advocacy

"In a time of chaos, we must distinguish right from wrong; when society is restless, we must stick to reason and fairness."

2 January 2017

Award-Winning Chinese Human Rights Journalist: ‘This is a Calling, Not a Career Choice’

Global Voices Advocacy

Twenty-six-year-old journalist Zhao Sile won a Hong Kong Human Rights Press Award for her 2016 story, "The Fate of Chinese Rights NGOs."

The Best and Worst of Russia's New Year's Laws

RuNet Echo

Every year, the Russian State Duma schedules laws to come into effect on January 1st. RuNet Echo marks the highlights and lowlights of the 2017 New Year's laws.

30 December 2016

There Were Many Bright Spots to Be Found Amid the Doom and Gloom of 2016

Here's a list of 41 Global Voices stories about the strength and creativity of the human spirit, proving that 2016 wasn't an annus horribilis through and through.

29 December 2016

A Year of Violence in Bangladesh

Global Voices Advocacy

Groups linked to ISIS, Ansar Al Islam or Ansarullah Bangla Team have claimed responsibility for violent attacks on intellectuals and regular citizens. What does this mean for the future?

‘The Long Arms of the Kremlin?': Kazakh Man Goes to Prison for Insulting Vladimir Putin on Facebook

Global Voices Advocacy

With traditional media in the country heavily restricted, social media is an obvious forum for information warfare between the Kazakh nationalists and ethnic Russians.

Iranian Civil Rights Defender Continues Hunger Strike, Protesting His Wife's Arrest For Fiction Writings

Global Voices Advocacy

The campaign to free civil rights defender Arash Sadeghi has reached a critical point. Two months into his hunger strike, many worry Sadeghi's life is on the line.

23 December 2016

When They Censored Messaging Apps on Election Day, Montenegrin Regulators ‘Acted Legally’

Global Voices Advocacy

Political oppositionists and prominent members of the country's civil society say the government's crackdown on social media harmed Montenegro's freedom of expression at a time when it was most needed.

Former Kuwaiti Lawmaker Sentenced to 42 Years in Jail for Tweets, ‘Insulting Saudi Arabia’

Global Voices Advocacy

Dashti is a critic of Saudi Arabia, in particular its war in Yemen. He is also known for his controversial support of the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad

Investigative Journalists Reveal Accumulated Wealth of Serbian Politicians

The revelations, compiled by investigative journalism network KRIK, are generating lively debate online and within traditional media.

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