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· May, 2011

Stories about Freedom of Speech from May, 2011

India: New Internet Rules – Unregulated Power To The Government

Law And Other Things debates the proposed new Internet Rules in India, which grants unregulated powers to the Government.

Azerbaijan: Interview with released video blogging activist Emin Milli

TekVibes posts a video interview with Emin Milli, one of two video blogging youth activists conditionally released last year in Azerbaijan.

Russia: State Duma Whistleblower Intern's Case

Sublime Oblivion writes about the case of Evgeny Starshov, who was tweeting and blogging about his internship at the Russian State Duma until he got fired for it.

Mexico: ‘Información Cívica’ Summarizes Week in Civil Society

David Sasaki in Información Cívica explains they will “begin publishing weekly summaries of what Open Society Foundation partners in various countries around Latin America are sharing via their websites, blogs,...

Mexico: Blood Fountains

During the last weekend of May 2011, activists from the movement "Let's stop the bullets, let's paint the fountains" stained the water of a famous statue in Mexico City blood...

Thailand: American blogger arrested for insulting royals

A Thai-born American citizen was arrested in Thailand for violation of Lese Majeste. How did he insult the King? He linked and translated some parts of a banned book in...

Russia: Famous Sci-Fi Writer's Blog Removed for ‘Anti-Semitism’

Following President Medvedev's speech on extremism in the Russian Internet, security services began a campaign against online neo-Nazis and vocal nationalists. On May 28, 2011, the campaign against racial and...

Azerbaijan: Twitter as a tool for activism

Global Voices co-founder Ethan Zuckerman comments on the use of Twitter in last week's campaign by Amnesty International to call for the release of prisoner of conscience Eynulla Fatullayev. Although...

Russia: Moscow Pride 2011

This year's Moscow Gay Pride event ended in clashes almost as soon as it began, at least 18 gay rights activists and 14 of their opponents are reported to have...

Syria: Personal Letter to President Assad

In a letter addressed on May 8th, 2011, to Syrian president Bashar Al Assad, blogger, Syria to Freedom, expresses his disappointment with the president's behavior in the current crisis and...

Uganda: Police Raid Newspaper Printing Press

Police raid newspaper printing press in Uganda: “The police have raided and searched premises of Prime General Supply limited a company which offers printing services to Ggwanga news paper, barely...

Cuba: Any True Democracy?

“When Castro says that Cuba is the most democratic country in the world, I am uncertain if he is being serious or it is black humor”: Iván García says that...

Cuba: Repressive Action

Cuban bloggers cite numerous cases of the authorities cracking down on dissidents, calling the arrests “part of a vicious series of repressive moves by the dictatorship to target the opposition.”

Azerbaijan: Eynulla Fatullayev Pardoned Following Twitter Action

Just two days after the UK branch of Amnesty International launched its Twitter campaign to call for the release of Eynulla Fatullayev comes news that the imprisoned journalist and prisoner...

Nepal: Codes Of Ethics For Bloggers

Considering the growing popularity of blogs in Nepal and some recent issues, Nepali journalist and blogger Ujjwal Acharya has taken steps to initiate talks about a code of ethics for...

Angola: Organizer Arrested on the Eve of Protest Against Poverty

Luis Bernardo, the president of MRIS (Revolutionary Movement for Social Action) who organized a protest against poverty [pt] in Luanda today, was arrested on the eve of the event [pt]....

Russia: Reporters’ Open Letter Highlights TV Censorship Concerns

Censorship on the majority of Russian television channels has been around forever, but a recent open letter by REN TV reporters showed how even remaining small islands of media freedom...

Cuba: Prisoner & Dissident Deaths

Uncommon Sense links to a report which alleges that the death of a prisoner was at the hands of prison guards, while Babalu links to new medical reports of the...

Bolivia: New Ministry of Comunications Raises Doubts

Rodrigo Reque Mejía, owner of the blog Puro Papo [es], compares the Bolivian government's newly created Ministry of Communications with the fictitious Ministry of Truth in Geroge Orwell's 1984 novel. His concerns...

Chile: Should State TV Play Hidroaysen Ads?

Luis Cuello in El Quinto Poder, describes how [es] Television Nacional de Chile, the State's television channel, played the latest of ads by Hidroaisen campaign during the night news (prime time...

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