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· April, 2011

Stories about Freedom of Speech from April, 2011

Ecuador: Twitter Campaign Gives President Correa ‘the Finger’

It started as a Twitter campaign, and now many Ecuadorians are posting photos of themselves showing the middle finger. Why? To ridicule the idea that you could be arrested for...

Italy: Initiative in Support of Ai Weiwei

While the event itself initially seemed to have passed without comment [it] by traditional media and bloggers in Italy, something is finally happening [it] to call for the release of the Chinese...

Egypt: Graffiti – For a Colorful Revolution and an Undying Memory

From the early days of the Egyptian revolution, protesters adopted their ancestors way of documenting the glorious days, documenting the days of the revolutions on the walls of Tahrir Square...

Cuba: Ferrer Held

According to Uncommon Sense and Babalu, Dr. Darsi Ferrer and other activists were arrested today “during a protest in which they were calling for the Castro dictatorship to allow Cubans...

Syria: A hero father

A Gay Girl in Damascus writes about how her father stood up for her, when officers came knocking on her door one night.

Peru: Second Electoral Round Kicks Off

A few weeks before the second round of elections in Peru, the choice between candidates Ollanta Humala and Keiko Fujimori, the growing polarisation in Peruvian society, and ultimately from the...

Thailand: Opposition radio stations raided

The Committee to Protect Journalists criticized Thailand authorities for raiding 13 radio stations which are aligned with the Opposition

Cuba: Right to the Internet

“Any ‘supposition’ about what a farmer should do on Google, or in the furrow, is called control over the free actions of another, personal choice and individual freedom”: Octavo Cerco...

Cuba: The “Queen of Incredulity”

1Click2Cuba profiles Claudia Cadelo, “one of the best-known members of the Cuban blogging community.”

India: Deabating The Draft Internet Control Rules

Nikhil Pahwa at Medianama debates the changes in the cyber law in India which is waiting to be passed soon. In his opinion “these rules give the Indian government the...

Cuba, U.S.A.: Tamayo to Leave with Son's Remains

Bloggers are monitoring the impending departure from Cuba of Reina Luisa Tamayo, who is reported to be going into exile, but not without the remains of her son, “murdered Cuban...

Russia: Two Bloggers Sentenced for Extremism

The Ufa city court in Bashkortostan sentenced bloggers Robert Zagreev and Ayrat Dilmikhametov to three and six years in prison for extremist activities “with the use of media,” Russian news...

Russia: Blogger Found Guilty in Harsh Criticizm of Bashkir Authorities

Alexander Izmailov was found gulty in posting 649 comments online criticizing the authorities and not shying away from curse words, Ufimskij Zhurnal reported. Izmailov also frequently produced photo collages making...

Syria: Defamation Campaign Against Human Rights Activist

From Syria, human rights activist Wissam Tarif tweets: “Sorry guys but I had problems with my twitter account, email, and website. And a defamation (hate) campaign in #Syria”

North Korea: Three Films Denouncing Kim Jong-il Regime

Three films which give a rare glimpse inside the North Korea have been introduced during the North Korea Freedom Week, an annual event jointly held in Seoul and Washington hosting...

Argentina: Bloggers Discuss Inflation

Inflation has long been a subject of controversy in Argentina, and as such is a recurring topic for discussion among bloggers. As an important political issue, it is expected to...

Sri Lanka: Another Lanka-E-News Journalist Arrested

Freedom Of Expression Sri Lanka reports that Shantha Wijesuriya, another journalist working for Lankaenews.com has been arrested by Sri Lankan authorities.

Russia: Grigoriy Golosov, Political Analyst and a Blogger, Assaulted

Grigoriy Golosov, professor at the European University at Saint-Petersburg and a political blogger at Slon.ru [ru], had been assaulted at the street. According to his blogpost [ru], on April 23, 2011...

Equatorial Guinea: SOS Malabo

The team behind S.O.S Malabo has a mission: to promote “visibility, awareness, mobilization, collaboration for the people of Equatorial Guinea using social media.”

Russia: “Navalny's Nationalism”

A Good Treaty went through the archives of Alexey Navalny's blog and other RuNet sources and wrote about this prominent Russian anti-corruption activist's nationalism.

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