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Stories about Freedom of Speech

24 November 2015

New Ukrainian Police Banned from Using Russian Social Networks

RuNet Echo

VKontakte and Odnoklassniki, the top Russian social network sites hugely popular in Ukraine, are now off limits for Ukrainian police officers.

20 November 2015

Netizen Report: Bangladesh Bans Facebook and Chat Apps on ‘Security Grounds’

Global Voices Advocacy

Bangladesh accidentally shuts down the Internet, hip-hop gets the boot on Chinese streaming sites, and Twitter faces new data dilemmas in Russia.

19 November 2015

Global Voices Community: We Stand With Hisham

Global Voices Advocacy

As long-time friend and community member Hisham Almiraat faces trial in Morocco this week, the Global Voices community pays tribute to a man of unquestionable character, talent and amazing kindness.

18 November 2015

Authorities Don't Like This Infographic Showing Why Thailand's Royal Insult Law Needs Reform

Military authorities summoned an editor of the Prachatai news website over the infographic, which they deemed "vague and might cause misunderstanding" in Thailand.

17 November 2015

New Bill Urges Ban on WhatsApp and Google for Russian Officials

RuNet Echo

Banning the use of foreign services such as Google, Yahoo!, and WhatApp for Russian state officials is key to preserving confidentiality of state secrets, says one Russian lawmaker.

When China Briefly Unblocked Facebook, Trolls Rushed In

Global Voices Advocacy

"I wish this precious experience can help our 'new friends' see a full picture of Taiwan's democracy, freedom and diversity. Welcome, all of you, to the world of Facebook!"

16 November 2015

Russian Lawmaker Suggests Banning Telegram Messenger ‘Because It's Used by ISIS’

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Should Telegram be banned because it's used by extremist organizations such as ISIS? One Russian lawmaker believes it should, but plenty of others in Russia disagree.

12 November 2015

Russia Changes Its Mind, Asks Twitter to Store Russian User Data Locally

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Previously, Roscomnadzor had said Twitter was exempt from the norms of the data localization law as the kind of user data Twitter collects did not qualify as “personal information."

11 November 2015

Netizen Report: UN Authorities Pluck Protesters from Global Internet Conference in Brazil

Global Voices Advocacy

The UN fails to walk the walk on free expression, Tanzanians face prosecution over WhatsApp messages, and the UK rolls out a new surveillance bill that is 'worse than scary'.

10 November 2015

Russia's Internet Watchdog May Soon Get More Extrajudicial Website Blocking Powers

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Roscomnadzor can already make websites unavailable for Russian users without a court order, but they remain available to users outside Russia—something the new, broader mandate could end.

9 November 2015

In Venezuela, 140 Characters Can Land You in Jail

Global Voices Advocacy

It took one or two tweets to seven people, with no criminal record and active political participation, ended up in jail in Venezuela. Here are their stories.

On Net Freedom Report in Africa, The Gambia Scores Poorly

The Gambia, the tiny West African state, is the second worst when it comes to internet freedom in Sub-Saharan Africa.

6 November 2015

Is an Award-Winning Photo of a Haitian Immigrant Bathing in Brazil Unethical?

"The objective of the media in the middle of these crises is to pressure the state to take a stand, not to embarrass those who need help the most."

Why Did the Giant Ears Cross the Road? To Protest State Surveillance in Macedonia

Global Voices Advocacy

The wiretap "bombshells" released by opposition party leaders almost one year ago revealed that the communications of more than 20,000 individuals in Macedonia had been secretly recorded.

5 November 2015

Facebook Vows to Improve Real Name Policy. But How Far Will They Go?

Global Voices Advocacy

Facebook says it will make some small changes to the real name policy in an effort to help keep users safe, but there is still much more to be done.

4 November 2015

Protest Activity On the Rise In Russia, Study Finds

RuNet Echo

The overall protest activity in Russia recorded by the experts grew almost 15 percent compared to the first half of 2014.

Netizen Report: The Mexican Cybercrime Law That Wasn’t

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.

Bay Area Intifada: Identity Politics with a Capital ‘I’

The Bridge

The dream of Third World liberation and decolonization is alive in Oakland, California.

3 November 2015

A National Hotline Encourages Chinese to Report Suspected Spies

Netizens theorized the hotline is meant foment distrust among Chinese. "Prelude to the Cultural Revolution," one Weibo user wrote.

31 October 2015

Bangladesh Book Publishers Suffer Fatal Attacks in Wake of Blogger Killings

Global Voices Advocacy

Both publishers had ties with Bangladeshi-American blogger and author Avijit Roy, who was attacked and killed in February 2015.

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