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Stories about Freedom of Speech

16 October 2018

When will Egypt release photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid aka Shawkan?

Advox

More than one month after a Cairo court verdict that many saw as the end to his ordeal, Shawkan remains in jail.

8 October 2018

Journalists across India share their testimony on the deteriorating state of media — and vow to fight back

Advox

Four journalists have been killed because of their work in 2018. Killings have evoked public outrage, but little response from the government.

Hong Kong rejects visa of Financial Times editor who hosted pro-independence talk

"The Hong Kong authorities’ visa renewal rejection—without explanation—of a journalist who’s done nothing more than his job smacks of Beijing-style persecution of critics".

7 October 2018

Despite proven flaws, India's biometric ID scheme was upheld by the Supreme Court. Now what?

Advox

Legal scholars and social scientists are likely to pore over this significant judgment for its far-reaching impact on civil liberties and socio-economic issues.

28 September 2018

Free speech advocates say Bangladesh's new Digital Security Act is ‘ripe for abuse’

Advox

"Journalism is surely not for increasing conflict, or for tarnishing the image of the country," said PM Hasina, in response to critics.

25 September 2018

Chat bot lets Russians detained at protests request legal assistance

RuNet EchoAdvox

A Russian NGO tracking police brutality developed a chatbot on the popular Telegram messenger that allows people detained at rallies report their arrests and request legal assistance.

A new indie film festival features the struggles and triumphs of indigenous Papua, Indonesia

Rising Voices

The film festival "highlights the issues of the indigenous people of Papua through documentary films as well as to build public awareness of the important issues impacting them.”

21 September 2018

Venezuelans say they are unable to access key Google services

Advox

Reports of new Internet blocks sound alarms and point to a possible escalation in communication and information control.

20 September 2018

Netizen Report: Authorities shut down mobile internet in Ethiopia’s capital, as ethnic and political conflict persist

Advox

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

18 September 2018

Three days behind bars for the ‘crime’ of journalism: Diary of a Nigerian journalist

Advox

Investigative journalist Samuel Ogundipe spent three days in detention on spurious charges and was denied access to his lawyer. Now free on bail, he is telling his story.

15 September 2018

Protestors artfully demand the release of Shahidul Alam, Bangladesh's prisoner of conscience

Advox

"When a regime is governed by nothing but fear, it is often a sign that the regime might have lost its plot."

14 September 2018

Netizen Report: Internet taxes are sweeping sub-Saharan Africa — and silencing citizens

Advox

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

12 September 2018

Under Austria's right-wing government, ‘ethical’ principles for journalists could hijack media rights

Advox

If the current draft is adopted as it stands, it will provide for an extra layer of strict control that aims to silence the critique and dissent.

8 September 2018

Google caves in to Russian demands, censors videos promoting a protest rally

RuNet EchoAdvox

This latest scandal is unfolding as Google is in the middle of an existential crisis, with its employees revolting against what they see as embracing censorship by their company.

7 September 2018

As China faces record-breaking flood levels, authorities arrest two women for spreading ‘rumors’ of health risks

Advox

"If they could react to the floods as effectively [as they do to the 'rumors'], that would be great."

South Asian governments keep ordering internet shutdowns — and leaving users in the dark

Advox

“Operators owe complete transparency to their users, as consumers who are paying them money and also in the interest of accountability.”

After Facebook ban, Myanmar military accounts are moving to Russian social media site VKontakte

Advox

"...they are now spreading their hate freely on the site without any moderation."

6 September 2018

Netizen Report: What role does Facebook play in Libya’s civil war?

Advox

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

A lethal combination: How MENA governments use cybercrime laws and spyware to target activists

Advox

Gulf governments continue to deploy cybercrime laws as an arbitrary legal cover to target target human rights defenders.

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