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Stories about Freedom of Speech

20 July 2017

Netizen Report: Authorities in China and Indonesia Threaten Whatsapp, Telegram Over Political Content

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.

19 July 2017

How the Assault on Independent Media in Bahrain Silenced a Trusted Regional Watchdog

Global Voices Advocacy

"Freedom of expression is under sustained attack here. With the shuttering of Al Wasat, there is no real journalism left.”

Ethiopia's Music of Resistance Stays Strong, Despite Repression

Global Voices Advocacy

Amid wide-scale protests and a violent government crackdown, Afan Oromo musicians have begun to rise as a visible — and audible — driving inspiration for the opposition movement.

18 July 2017

One Year Later: Why the Purges in Turkey Were Always in the Pipeline

The Bridge

"What has happened in Turkey is a tragedy, made even worse by the fact that the loudest voices in the chorus said the wrong things at the wrong time."

17 July 2017

Bangladesh's ICT Act Paved the Way for Hundreds of Lawsuits Over Online Speech

Global Voices Advocacy

There are currently 319 cases being heard in the courts under Bangladesh's notoriously broad ICT Act. Many of them involve lawsuits against journalists.

15 July 2017

Netizen Report: Colombian Court Demands Password to Journalist’s Facebook Account

Global Voices Advocacy

Mobile internet goes down again in Kashmir, Turkish human rights advocates are detained with no charges, and a Philippine Senator pushes anti-fake news bill.

14 July 2017

Papua New Guinea Court Issues Gag Order Against Blogger Critical of Electoral Commissioner

Global Voices Advocacy

"Dear all, Since I have been restrained by the courts I will be tweeting this image daily until such time I am allowed to tweet freely."

12 July 2017

Myanmar’s Challenging Media Landscape, in Cartoons

Global Voices Advocacy

Cartoons published by The Irrawaddy over the course of four years— from 2014 to 2017—reflecting the media milestones and hardships experienced in Myanmar.

11 July 2017

Protesting Mistreatment in Prison, Emirati Activist Survives Six Weeks of Hunger Strike

Global Voices Advocacy

Imran al-Radwan is serving a seven-year jail sentence for calling for reform in the UAE.

7 July 2017

Netizen Report: Working in the Public Interest Can Get You Arrested

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.

Philippine Senator Moves to Criminalize ‘Fake News’ — Could This Lead to Censorship?

Global Voices Advocacy

"How does one distinguish between a false report based on an honest mistake and one maliciously spread through print, broadcasting and online?"

3 July 2017

With Facebook, Twitter and YouTube Blocked, Venezuelans Share Tech Advice

Global Voices Advocacy

"Never underestimate a blockade on #internetVE just because you know how to change your DNS. It is a violation to EVERYONE's rights."

Myanmar Military Cracks Down on Independent Media, Arrests Three Journalists

Global Voices Advocacy

"It is absurd that security forces are using outdated laws to silence and punish journalists who have committed no crime," wrote the editor of The Irrawaddy.

30 June 2017

Brazilian Justice Rules in Favor of Satirical Website After Seven Years of Censorship

Global Voices Advocacy

Using parody, the website drew attention to the skewed coverage of the Folha de São Paulo newspaper, one of the largest in Brazil. Nevertheless, it was shut down.

Is It the 20th Anniversary of Unification With China…or the Fall of Hong Kong?

Hong Kongers have several reasons to be unhappy with the city's relationship with China.

29 June 2017

Netizen Report: Venezuela's Conflict Moves From the Streets to the Screen

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.

27 June 2017

At Thailand's Request, YouTube Blocks Video Clip of Charlie Chaplin’s ‘The Great Dictator’

Global Voices Advocacy

"Juntaland's dictator blocking Charlie Chaplin's satirical film mocking dictator is hilariously insane and dictatorial," wrote a journalist on Twitter.

Satirical Cartoonists Take Aim at Bulgaria's Media Distribution ‘Monopoly’

"When holding this newspaper is a reason for jealousy. There is expression, but no freedom. #Prass-Press"

26 June 2017

Mexico's Drug War Makes Everyone a Target

Global Voices Advocacy

The rise in use of digital surveillance tools has become part and parcel of Mexico's ongoing internal armed conflict.

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