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Stories about Freedom of Speech

14 December 2017

A Legislator in Taiwan Risks a Recall for Supporting Same-Sex Marriage

Some in the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan are campaigning to recall a legislator because he supports same-sex marriage, generating a furious debate and calls for reform.

12 December 2017

‘Recalcitrant’ Activist Charged by Singapore Police for Organizing ‘Illegal Assemblies’

"We do not understand why the State is pursuing the seven charges against Jolovan Wham for events which were all peaceful and non-violent."

Right To Information Requests in Sri Lanka Reveals Process for Blocking Websites

Global Voices Advocacy

Information released by the Telecom Regulatory Commission revealed that from 2015 onward 13 websites had been blocked, including a number of websites publishing political news, and a few pornographic sites.

29 November 2017

#DemocracyDefeated: How Indian Right-Wing Groups Stalled A Bollywood Period Drama

Scandal surrounding "Padmavati" film causes Indian BJP leader to call for the lead actor's beheading and draws attention to larger issues of freedom of expression in film.

23 November 2017

13 Things Banned (or Strongly Discouraged) in Tajikistan

Tajikistan's people are renowned for hospitality, but their government isn't. Some locals joke the only ban left is a ban on banning things.

Malaysian Authorities Blocked Websites Reporting on Massive Personal Data Theft Scandal

Global Voices Advocacy

"I believe that you have a right to know about it, in a timely manner. Authorities can’t sit on the data for weeks without letting you know on any pretense."

17 November 2017

Jordanian Cartoonist Goes to Trial For Drawing Jesus

Global Voices Advocacy

The cartoon commented on the Orthodox Church in Jerusalem, which sold church property to Israeli settler groups to pay off church debt.

15 November 2017

When Citizens Rejected a Ban on WhatsApp and Telegram, Afghan Officials Backed Down

Global Voices Advocacy

"The order must be immediately withdrawn, otherwise we put Ghani’s name in line with dictators like Putin, Bashar Assad, Kim Jong Un and many more."

14 November 2017

In India, Class and Gender Inequities Impede Justice for Sexual Harassment Victims

Global Voices Advocacy

"...the entire justice system itself is aligned towards keeping patriarchy and caste system intact."

12 November 2017

A Look Inside China's Propaganda Bureaucracy

Global Voices Advocacy

How powerful is the Publicity Department of China's Communist Party? This article explores the history, functions, and expanding role of China's propaganda bureaucracy.

10 November 2017

Netizen Report: Memes and ‘Obscene’ Messages Are Under Fire in Indonesia

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.

3 November 2017

Indonesian Police Go After Social Media Users for Mocking House Speaker

Global Voices Advocacy

"What does it say about....Indonesia when a politician can continue to act with impunity, while somebody who spreads a meme about him gets arrested?"

China's Twitter Community Is Polarized Over Corruption Allegations by Fugitive Billionaire Guo Wengui

"When struggling with the CCP, one has to be cunning and wise -- borrowing power from one authority to crack down on the other one."

United Arab Emirates: Seven Months After Completing His Sentence, Blogger Osama Al-Najjar Remains in Prison

Global Voices Advocacy

Osama Al-Najjar was arrested in 2014 for tweeting in support of his imprisoned father.

Macedonian Court Ruling Favors Formerly Jailed Journalist, Indicates Government Conspiracy

Global Voices Advocacy

Kezarovski spent the better part of three years as political prisoner, under conditions tantamount to torture.

2 November 2017

Moroccan Journalists Keep Fighting to Cover the Hirak Movement, Despite State Intimidation

Global Voices Advocacy

Journalists reporting on the Hirak protests are facing a myriad of restrictions.

1 November 2017

Activist Faces Imprisonment For His Book Criticizing The Indian River Inter-Linking Project

"Sedition case for writing against river linking! This is a most financially, socially, environmentally disastrous idea."

31 October 2017

Fake News Tries to Link Austria's Chancellor-to-Be and Philanthropist George Soros

A known fake news purveyor published disinformation that Sebastian Kurz expelled Soros' Open Society Foundations from the country. It's not the first time fake news producers connected the two.

26 October 2017

Albanian Prime Minister Insults Journalists After Parliament Votes to Protect Lawmaker From Arrest

Global Voices Advocacy

The Albanian Journalists' Union condemned "that such behavior and insulting communication is directly related to the dire situation faced by journalism in Albania."

25 October 2017

Czech President ‘Jokingly’ Threatens Journalists With an Assault Rifle Replica

Global Voices Advocacy

Last Friday, Czech president Miloš Zeman brandished a wooden replica of an assault rifle with the inscription 'for journalists' written on its side. Journalists, however, failed to appreciate the 'joke'.

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