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· October, 2012

Stories about Freedom of Speech from October, 2012

31 October 2012

Japan: Election Tweeting Forbidden

Transcript of Catalan Journalists’ Video Against Their Libel Fine

Discover the transcript of some parts of the video that the editors of the Catalan magazine Cafè amb Llet uploaded to YouTube to comment on their recent libel sentence and...

Spain: Journalists Fined After Revealing Corruption in Catalonia

Marta Sibina and Albano Dante, editors of the citizen media magazine Cafè amb Llet, have been fined 10,000 euro for libel. They uploaded to YouTube a video strongly criticizing the...

Afef Abrougui, Blogging From Tunisia

Afef Abrougui, a contributor for Global Voices in Tunisia, tells us about her experience in the demonstrations that took place in her country in 2011 and what she expects for...

30 October 2012

Pakistan: Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy fired from LUMS

MIT alumni and preeminent physicist Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy has been fired from Lahore University of Management Sciences presumably because of ideological differences with the management. Dr. Hoodbhoy's contract was a...

Iran: Four Facebook Users Arrested

Greece: Public TV Journalists Fired After Criticizing Minister

On October 29, two journalists, Kostas Arvanitis and Marilena Katsimi, were fired by the Greek Public Television (ERT) after analyzing claims by British newspaper The Guardian of police torture of...

28 October 2012

Ukraine: Election Monitors’ Websites Under DDoS Attack

Slovakia: Protesting SOZA's Newest Copyright Fees

SOZA's general manager Vladimír Repčík addressed Slovak high school seniors via his blog on October 22, urging them to register with his agency and pay €15 for their traditional graduation...

Colombia: Kien&Ke's Director Resigns After Journalist's Dismissal

27 October 2012

Colombia: Journalist Fired Over Article About Oil Company

Colombian journalist Daniel Pardo was fired from the website Kien&Ke after publishing a column about the influence exerted by the Canadian oil company Pacific Rubiales in media like W Radio....

25 October 2012

Philippines: Anti-Mining Activist Arrested over Facebook Post

The arrest of a 62-year old anti-mining activist in the Philippines for a 'libelous' Facebook post spawned fears of a clampdown on dissenters through the recently enacted anti-cybercrime legislation.

24 October 2012

Brazil: Rethinking Drug Policy

Ukraine: Homophobic Bill Considered Ahead of Election

Shortly after scrapping the infamous defamation bill in early October, Ukrainian MPs passed another scandalous proposal in the first reading, aimed at “defending children from the propaganda of homosexual lifestyle...

23 October 2012

Bolivia: Vice President Keeping Track of Netizens’ Insults

A debate on the control of social networks was rekindled in Bolivia after vice president Álvaro García Linera stated that he is monitoring and taking note of netizens who are...

Syria: Cartoonist Detained for Criticizing Assad

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Syrian cartoonists who dare to critique Bashar Al-Assad are paying a heavy price. Akram Rslan is the latest victim in a long list of oppressed voices and dissident artists.

22 October 2012

A Maligned Law to Protect the Philippines from Cybercrime

The majority of Filipino internet users and media groups opposed the passage of the Philippine Cybercrime Law because of provisions which they think would curtail media freedom and other civil...

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