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· October, 2010

Stories about Freedom of Speech from October, 2010

India: Free Speech Or Sedition?

Indian novelist, essayist and activist Arundhati Roy's recent statement on Kashmir stirred a debate across India. Along-with Indian media, the Indian blogosphere and social networking sites have exploded with reactions...

Armenia: Nationalist backlash against Azerbaijan film festival

Unzipped and Le Retour (in 3 Parts) comment on the nationalist backlash to a festival of films from Azerbaijan to be staged in Yerevan, Armenia, next week. The former says...

Vietnam: Analysis on blog arrests

Saigonnezumi from Vietnam provides some background to the “crackdown’ of bloggers in Vietnam in the past year.

‘Bloggers for Malaysia’ group

The ‘Bloggers for Malaysia’ group was formed this month to protect the welfare of bloggers in Malaysia in light of the recent cases filed by the police against online critics...

Cuba: Restricted Access

“In Cuba, access to the internet is restricted and very expensive for citizens, but it is also is controlled by state institutions”: Laritza's Laws explains.

Cuba: Standard of Living

“Nobody on the island may have a high standard of living if it is not authorized by the regime”: Iván García explains that he “aspire[s] to live better. But above...

US: Stop Meddling with Palestinian Online Conversations

Jillian C York is concerned with the policy recommendations of a study released by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies on Palestinian social media.

Brazil: activists, bloggers defend freedom of expression

In an act of solidarity [pt] in response to the censoring of Revista do Brasil magazine, a host of Brazilian activists, bloggers and other independent media joined yesterday in collectively...

China: A Mistress Denounced The Maoming Vice-Mayor

The Internet provides new space for citizen to uncover corruption. The latest case is a mistress denouncing the vice-mayor of Maoming city for corruption and debauchery by posting his nude...

FSU: ‘The Road’ by Vasily Grossman

Robert & Elizabeth Chandler’s translation of The Road, a short story by Vasily Grossman, and Robert Chandler's article about Grossman's stories and his friendship with Andrey Platonov – at OpenDemocracy.net.

Russia: Online Activism Success Stories

While Internet analysts across the Atlantic are busy arguing whether technology brings about social and political change or not, bloggers in Russia add their humble contributions to the debate, probably...

Brazil: changes made to digital crimes bill

Jomar Silva, of blogging collective Trezentos [pt], speaks out against recent changes [pt] made to a controversial draft bill on cybercrimes in Brazil. The bill, which would require web users...

Uzbekistan: Facebook blocked

The authorities of Uzbekistan have banned Facebook, possibly in an attempt to block Uzbek users from the opportunity to read the content of the banned independent websites via the social...

UAE: Ban on Flickr Lifted

The United Arab Emirates has lifted a ban on photo sharing site Flickr, writes the UAE Community Blog. “According to a report in The National, the TRA has lifted the...

Armenia: Prolific blogger suspended on LiveJournal

Kornelij Glas [RU] details the case of Pigh, an Armenian blogger prolific in the mutual tit-for-tat online information war with Azerbaijan and Turkey. Speaking to Global Voices, Pigh says that...

Angola: Update on Press Freedom – “Repression or Urban Violence?”

One day after Global Voices published an article about the murder of journalist Chakussanga, on October 22 another Angolan journalist from “Radio Despertar” – Antonio Manuel “Jojó” da Silva – ...

Cuba: Awarding Courage & Humility

“There is no name more appropriate than that of this journalist and psychologist whose main characteristic is humility, to be included in a list where we find Nelson Mandela, Aung...

Azerbaijan: Free Expression under Attack

Global Voices Advocacy features a guest post from Rebecca Vincent, Article 19's Advocacy Assistant for Azerbaijan. The post details the situation with freedom of expression in the oil-rich former Soviet...

Panama: Freedom of the Press

The Panama Digest reports that “Panama fell 26 spots on the annual Reporters Without Borders Freedom of the Press Index published Wednesday.” The post also points out that, “just yesterday,...

Cuba: Hunger Striker Recognised

Uncommon Sense and Along the Malecon celebrate Cuban hunger striker Guillermo Fariñas being awarded this year's Sakharov human rights prize.

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