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· November, 2011

Stories about Freedom of Speech from November, 2011

Malaysia: Netizens React to ‘Peaceful Assembly Bill’

The Malaysian Parliament has approved the Peaceful Assembly Bill which gives police broad powers to control and even ban street assemblies and protests. Activists described the measure as an attack...

Russia: Creators of Election Violation Map Come Under Attack

With a week to go until Russia's parliamentary elections, the Golos election monitoring association has been experiencing unprecedented pressure, including a break-in by a television team, accusatory articles in major...

Cuba: Under “Survey-lance”

“As far as many Cubans here are concerned, it is not necessary to have survey results to verify the high levels of discontent and uncertainty we live under”: Without Evasion...

Ukraine: Update on Jailed Ex-PM Yulia Tymoshenko; Donetsk Protests

Foreign Notes cites journalist Viktoria Syumar's blog post [ru], which compares prison conditions of the jailed ex-PM Yulia Tymoshenko to those of Anders Breivik, and writes – here and here...

Malaysia: Protesting the Peaceful Assembly Bill

The Malaysian Parliament has approved the controversial Peaceful Assembly Bill which critics believe will make it difficult for citizens to organize protest assemblies. Netizens used the #pa2011 hashtag to express...

Mexico: Government Considers Legal Actions Against Citizens Demanding ICC Probe

The Mexican government has rejected war crime allegations and threatened to use legal actions against citizens that filed a complaint at the ICC against the President, top government officials, and...

Cuba: Entrepreneurship & Home Ownership

Generation Y wonders whether the country's new wave of entrepreneurs will survive, while Laritza's Laws is concerned that “the housing regulations, recently enacted by the government of Cuba…leave intact regulations...

Malaysia: Opposition to Peaceful Assembly Bill

An online campaign was launched to pressure members of Parliament of Malaysia to reject the proposed Peaceful Assembly Bill which activists believe will curtail freedom of expression and the people's...

South Korea: Judge's Facebook Post Criticizing Free Trade Deal Went under Fire

A judge's Facebook post criticizing the current President and the free trade agreement with the United States went under fire. The Supreme Court has decided to refer him to the...

Russia: “Anti-Gay” Bill Postponed Till Nov. 30

Siberian Light reports that the second reading of the “anti-gay” bill in the St. Petersburg City Duma has been postponed till Nov. 30 – “to allow time for a face-saving...

Russia: Siberian Light's This Week in Russia Blogs #1

Andy of Siberian Light presents This Week in Russia Blogs #1, a revamped version of Russia Blog Roundup weekly series. Anglophone posts highlighted in the current edition include A Good...

Cuba: News, 24/7

Cuba will apparently soon have a 24-hour news channel; Regina Coyula says: “Despite so much supposed information, we are the most disinformed people in the world.”

Iran: Rojin Mohammadi, a female blogger arrested

Rojin Mohammadi,a feamle blogger and a medical student at Manila Medical School of Philippines got arrested [fa] upon her return to Iran and was transferred to Evin prison.

Cuba: Photos of Violent Arrests

Uncommon Sense weighs in on photos showing the violent arrest of “two Cuban female activists, Yris Pérez Aguilera and Donaida Pérez Paseiro, as they tried to leave Yris’ home in...

Cuba: Siding with Syria

Bloggers comment on Cuba's opposition against a United Nations General Assembly resolution condemning Syria for human rights violations, here and here.

Pakistan: Twitter Reactions to the SMS Filtering Announcement

The Pakistan Telecom Authorities' possible attempt at SMS filtering for abusive contents, had twitter timelines flooded with reactions; mostly humorous. Sana Saleem compiles Twitter reactions and provides update on the...

Pakistan: Plans to Filter Around 1,500 Words in SMS Traffic

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority is the center of attention of the country's social media junkies and human right groups these days, for its infamous leaked list of banned obscene words...

South Korea: Comedian Sued for Making Fun of Politicians

Politics is seen as a fair target for most comedy shows, but in South Korea a politician is suing a comedian. The lawsuit - claiming that the performer defamed all...

Russia: Drawing World Leaders’ Attention to St. Petersburg Anti-LGBT Bill

AllOut.org: “Political leaders in St. Petersburg are about to vote on law that will make it illegal for any person to write a book, publish an article or speak in...

Cuba: Blogger and Scholar Ted Henken on New Media in Cuba

Ellery Biddle interviews City University of New York (CUNY) Professor of Sociology Ted Henken, a Cuba expert who is the author of El Yuma, a blog that explores social currents...

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