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· January, 2013

Stories about Freedom of Speech from January, 2013

31 January 2013

The ‘Vishwaroopam’ Ban: Attack on Freedom of Speech?

The screening of Kamal Haasan's big budget Bollywood movie Vishwaroopam was banned in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu after Islamic organizations protested the depiction of the Muslim community. Actor-Director...

Russian Teacher Briefly Fired for Defending LGBT Rights

RuNet Echo

As if Russia's liberals were not already outraged enough about a proposed federal law banning "homosexual propaganda", the firing of an activist school teacher protesting this law has sparked a...

Japan Gears Up for the Open Data Revolution

Following the death of Aaron Swartz, an open data activist, the issues around open access and data ownership have been reignited around the world. But for Japan, the seeds of...

29 January 2013

Iran's Newspapers Silent on Mass Arrest of Journalists

The world's leading jailer of journalists has struck again. At least 12 Iranian journalists were arrested by agents of the regime's over the weekend.

28 January 2013

Homosexuals – The Invisible Minority of Bangladesh

The LGBT communities in Bangladesh remain underground as they face discrimination, verbal abuse, physical abuse, social and legal challenges everyday. This invisible minority uses the internet and social networking to...

27 January 2013

Thai Activist Editor Gets 11-Year Jail Term for ‘Insulting’ King

Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, a veteran activist and former editor of Voice of Taksin magazine (banned in 2010), received an 11 year jail sentence from a Thai court for publishing articles deemed...

After 15-year Trial in Turkey, Pınar Selek Sentenced for Life

After three acquittals, Pınar Selek, a sociologist and a writer, has been sentenced to life imprisonment by Turkish courts for the 1998 Istanbul Spice Bazaar bombing.

26 January 2013

Slovak President Butt of Jokes Online Due to Prosecutor General Saga

The post of the Prosecutor General has been vacant for more than a year in Slovakia, largely due to President Ivan Gašparovič's failure to approve the previous Parliament's candidate. Slovak...

25 January 2013

Blogging for UAE Detainees

Mauritania: Workers March 700km for Justice

On January 5, a group of illegal or "Journalia" workers (temporary or seasonal), started a long march from the city of Zouerat in order to reach the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott....

Mauritania: Anger over US Ambassador Statement

Russian Parliament Confronts Next Threat to Kids: “Homosexual Propaganda”

RuNet Echo

The Russian parliament's effort to defend the nation's children continues. In the last year, Duma deputies have labored feverishly to shield Russia's youth from child pornography and online enticements to...

24 January 2013

Opposition Party Attacks Russian eDemocracy

RuNet Echo

Just Russia has always been a conflicted political entity. Nominally, it's a social-justice-oriented opposition party with members in the Russian parliament. During the past year, Just Russia has gained a...

Parallels Between Religious and Copyright Wars

France: NGOs Condemn Privatisation of Public Domain

Turkmenistan: Human Rights? What Human Rights?

In Turkmenistan, which ranks among the world's "worst of the worst" human rights abusers, the very existence of such rights is seen as 'fiction'. Some netizens blame Ashgabat's repressive regime...

Hungarian Student Protesters Face Punishment, Keep Fighting

In December 2012, Hungarian university and high school students united to protest against the large cutbacks in higher education admission quotas. Their fight for tution-free slots continues.

23 January 2013

Apostasy Case against Saudi Activist Dismissed

Police Use Pepper Spray on Bangladesh's Teacher Protesters

For the very first time in Bangladesh, the police used pepper spray to scatter hundreds of teachers and employees of private schools who were demonstrating in Dhaka. One teacher ended...

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