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Stories about Freedom of Speech

29 May 2016

Ghanaians Oppose Shutdown of Social Media Platforms During Elections

Global Voices Advocacy

"This kind of thinking is unacceptable."

27 May 2016

Russian Officials Make Plans for an Autonomous, State-Controlled Internet

RuNet Echo

Although the bill is in its early stages, should it become law, all of the RuNet's critical infrastructure would fall under complete control of the Russian state.

Netizen Report: Chilean Copyright Bill Could Eliminate Public Domain for Video, Music

Global Voices Advocacy

Journalist Khadija Ismayilova wins court challenge in Azerbaijan, Vietnam censors Facebook and Instagram in the face of protests and the Nigerian Senate throws out ‘anti-social media bill’

Why Afghanistan's Hazara Won't Stop Marching

All Afghans are affected by the country's ongoing crisis of governance, but it is the long-suffering Hazara minority that has run out of patience fastest.

26 May 2016

China’s Independent Journalists Face High Risks — And Are in High Demand

Global Voices Advocacy

Outside the umbrella of the media institution, independent journalists face many risks, but their work is becoming increasingly influential in China's media ecology.

24 May 2016

A New Campaign Encourages Latin American Indigenous Communities to Create Their Own Media

Rising Voices

"By creating our own media, we, the indigenous peoples, are protagonists of our own history..."

23 May 2016

Venezuela: Research Confirms Censorship of News Platforms, Currency Websites

Global Voices Advocacy

The study also confirmed that all local Internet service providers using DNS (domain name system) blocking, technique through which domain name servers respond incorrectly to requests for a particular domain.

The Iranian State Versus Kim Kardashian

The story is so absurd that it seems funny, at first glance. But the Iranian state's problems with Kim Kardashian are no laughing matter.

18 May 2016

Argentina's ‘March of the Cap’, a Movement That Won't Stay Silent on Deadly Police Brutality

"We are the guys and girls from the 'hoods, dances, and football fields, from the jails all over the country. We are the workers who fight every day for dignity".

16 May 2016

The Government of Mozambique is “Spying on its Citizens”, According to @Verdade

Global Voices Advocacy

The order to intercept information was secured by military command between 2012-2014, and installed by the Chinese ZTE Corporation. Listening in on citizens is said to have begun in 2013.

Kenyan Blogger and Photographer Goes Missing

Global Voices Advocacy

Before disappearing, he wrote on Facebook about how his arrest and 'terrorism suspect' label have destroyed his career and livelihood.

15 May 2016

Ethiopian Blogger and Activist Sentenced to Five Years and Four Months

Global Voices Advocacy

Ethiopia's state prosecutor conflated digital security training with terrorism. A local judge agreed.

13 May 2016

Bulgarian ‘Green’ Activist Faces Lawsuit Over Facebook Post

Global Voices Advocacy

Bulgarian eco-activist Borislav Sandov was sentenced for "insulting" the director of a mining company through a Facebook status. Court of appeals will hear his case at the end of May.

12 May 2016

Netizen Report: Facebook and Twitter Disappear in Uganda Amid Election Tensions

Global Voices Advocacy

Mapping “disputed” areas could become a crime in India, Nepal gives Canadian man the boot over controversial tweets and a Russian social mediaite is convicted of promoting “separatism” online.

Where Is Zeenat Shahzadi? Missing Journalist Is Suspected Victim of Pakistan's Enforced Disappearances

"It is getting to the point when anyone of us can disappear for seeking or speaking the truth..."

11 May 2016

Ukrainian Activists Leak Personal Information of Thousands of War Reporters in the Donbas

RuNet Echo

The international journalist community reacted with consternation and anger to a leaked database of reporters accredited with the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic" published by Ukrainian activists.

Social Media Blocked in Uganda Ahead of President Museveni's Inauguration

Global Voices Advocacy

"Darkness hovering over Uganda...VPN is the only way to go now"

10 May 2016

Russian Court Sentences Internet User to Two Years Behind Bars for VKontakte Reposts

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

A court in Tver region, Russia, has sentenced Internet user Andrey Bubeyev to two years and three months in prison on extremism charges for reposts on social network VKontakte.

Canadian Man Forced to Leave Nepal Over Controversial Tweets

Global Voices Advocacy

Robert Penner, a Canadian man who currently finds himself mired in a controversy about a series of provocative tweets, left Nepal after the Supreme Court postponed his appeal hearing.

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