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Stories about Freedom of Speech

30 May 2017

Kazakhstan is Preparing to Effectively Ban Political Opposition

The banning of independent candidates at presidential elections is yet another blow to hopes of a democratic future.

27 May 2017

Plagiarism Scandal Involving the Minister of Science and Education Still Stirs Croatia

A group of academics, supported by over 11 thousand signatories of an online petition, keep demanding the removal of plagiarists from high-ranking public office in Croatia.

26 May 2017

Ethiopian Protester Sentenced to Six Years Behind Bars for Facebook Posts

Global Voices Advocacy

The 30-year-old activist has been an outspoken opponent of government’s violent response to the popular protest movement. And he is not alone.

After Reelection, Iran's President Rouhani Abandons Promise to Free Green Movement Leaders

President Hassan Rouhani refused to commit to ending the more than six-year extrajudicial house arrests of three opposition leaders—a pledge he made during his first presidential campaign.

25 May 2017

Iraqi Parliament Slammed for Bill Restricting Free Speech, Right to Protest

Global Voices Advocacy

Instead of working to ensure stronger protections for freedoms, the Iraqi parliament is rather seeking to pass a repressive law.

22 May 2017

Malaysian Editors Face Cybercrime Charges for Posting a Video that Criticized Attorney General

Global Voices Advocacy

In the video, which was taken during a press briefing, a former member of the ruling party called for the resignation of the attorney general.

Lebanese Activists Disturb Talk by Politicians and Call for Better Political Representation

"We wanted to tell them: You Stink, your expiry date has passed...you stole people's rights by not allowing them to vote."

18 May 2017

‘Cyber Warrior’ Group Threatens to Extort Indian Women on Facebook

Global Voices Advocacy

Threats of character assassination and extortion can carry severe real-life consequences, especially for women.

17 May 2017

Cybercrime Charges Against Jamaica's Tambourine Army Founder Dropped

Global Voices Advocacy

Jamaica's Director of Public Prosecutions has dropped all three charges against activist La Toya Nugent, under the country's Cybercrimes Act.

Iran Elections 2017: Hassan Rouhani Ran on Openness. But What Did He Actually Achieve?

Global Voices Advocacy

Hassan Rouhani has been both the candidate and President of "hope and moderation" for Iranians. Article 19's report assesses how this has had an affect on freedoms online.

To Take a Stand for Love, Beirut Pride Had to Overcome Hate

A hotel where the first event was scheduled canceled on organizers after facing pressure from religious groups. But that hasn't stopped Beirut Pride from going forward.

16 May 2017

Ukraine Sanctions VKontakte, Other Russian Social Media Websites

RuNet Echo

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed an order instructing the country's Internet providers to block several major Russian social media websites.

14 May 2017

Activists Say Azerbaijan’s Media Is Spreading Fear and Hate of Queer People

"Sometimes journalists forget their power, and mislead people with their unprofessional manners."

13 May 2017

New Documentary Throws Shade on Police Investigation Into Dissident Journalist's Murder in Kyiv

A new investigative report challenges the role of Ukraine's authorities in a stalled murder case surrounding a dissident journalist assassinated in Kyiv last summer.

12 May 2017

Bangladesh's LGBT Community Launches a Blog Commemorating Slain Activists

Global Voices Advocacy

"How can I live in this country, where if I were to be killed people would rejoice over a cup of tea that there is one less LGBT person?"

Thailand Threatens to Take Facebook to Court Over Anti-Monarchy Posts

Global Voices Advocacy

Tha Thailand government has given Facebook until Tuesday, May 16, 2017, to remove the 131 remaining 'anti-monarchy' posts.

11 May 2017

Netizen Report: Draft Laws in Egypt Could Lock Down Social Media

Global Voices Advocacy

As Egypt's parliament pushes to further restrict expression, Turkey blocks Wikipedia, Russia blocks WeChat, and the UK can't seem to stop snooping.

8 May 2017

Tunisian Media Activist Interrogated Over Sources of Leaked Documents

Global Voices Advocacy

Sami Ben Gharbia is a significant figure in independent media and digital human rights activism in Tunisia and the Arab region.

5 May 2017

Draft Law Would Require Egyptian Social Media Users to Register With Government

Global Voices Advocacy

Users who do not register could face up to six months in jail and a fine.

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