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· February, 2013

Stories about Freedom of Speech from February, 2013

28 February 2013

Burundi: Violent Suppression of Demonstration Support for Imprisoned Journalist

The Court of Burundi revised the life sentence for journalist and Radio France International correspondent Hassan Ruvakuki on appeal, reducing his sentence to three years imprisonment. Media professionals demonstrated in...

27 February 2013

What India Can Learn From #Shahbag

Jailed Iranian Blogger Up for Award

[Webcast] Internet Censorship and the Remembrance of Infowars Past

With Internet censorship on the rise around the world, organizations and researchers have developed and distributed a variety of tools to assist Internet users to both monitor and circumvent such...

Weary of Austerity, Portugal Sings a Song of Revolution

Thousands of Portuguese people have promised a massive anti-austerity protest on March 2, 2013. Leading up to the date, demonstrators have led a campaign to interrupt government ministers during their...

26 February 2013

A Monologue of Blood and Bullets Precedes Yemen's National Dialogue

Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi finally payed a long overdue visit to Aden on Sunday evening, February 24th, after four days of ongoing bloody clashes, which erupted between police and...

After Ang Lee's Oscar Win, China Imagines Cinema Beyond Censors

Looking to Taiwanese-born director Ang Lee's Oscar win for Best Director with pride and envy, mainland Chinese web users frustrated with China's tight grip on the film industry are wondering...

25 February 2013

Russia's New Media: Too Clique to Fail?

RuNet Echo

The previous version of OpenSpace.ru was much less political in nature and was presumably shut down for financial reasons. It reopened a month later with a revamped website and a...

Bulgarian Government Quits, But Protests Continue

The protests in Bulgaria continue: on Sunday, in Sofia and other cities, tens of thousands of people marched against corruption, high utility bills and poverty. Ruslan Trad reports from the...

24 February 2013

Cuban Yoani Sánchez's Arrival in Brazil Makes Noise

Acclaimed Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez left Cuba this past Sunday for the first time since 2004. Sánchez will visit and speak at universities, NGOs and government forums in Europe, Latin...

23 February 2013

God Exists and He Serves the Kremlin

RuNet Echo

Though the Pussy Riot trial is over, the culture war it launched in Russia drags on unabated. Pope Benedict's abdication sparked the latest conflagration, when political analyst Stanislav Belkovsky addressed...

22 February 2013

Bangladesh Raises Voice to End Violence Against Women

With fists raised to the sky, thousands of Bangladeshis throughout the country stood together in city streets and plazas last week chanting "no more, no more!" to demand an end...

Yoani Sánchez Divides Opinions on a Visit to Brazil

Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez was received in Brazil by pro-Cuban government protesters, who accuse her of receiving money from the United States' government and of being a CIA agent. The...

Taiwan Politician Tries, Quits Sina Weibo

21 February 2013

Chile Takes Twitter User to Court Over Parody

A Twitter user is facing jail time in Chile after powerful business mogul Andrónico Luksic accused him of identity theft for creating parody accounts of him on the microblogging site.

Media Freedom Still Murky in Myanmar Despite Progress

Myanmar's decision to dissolve its notorious censorship board was praised by many groups as a step forward in promoting media freedom in the country. But press freedom watchdogs also highlighted...

Honduran President vs. Freedom of the Press

20 February 2013

Targeted by Kuwaiti Police, Stateless Video Blogger Calls it Quits

A video blogger in Kuwait is walking away from his cyber-activism, writing that police have threatened and beaten him. Mona Kareem tells us why the Angry Bedoon will no longer...

Turkey: Lynch Attempt on Kurdish Members of Parliament in Sinop

Kurdish members of the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) and Democratic Congress of the People (HDK) faced a lynch attempt by almost 2,000 angry protesters during their visit to Sinop,...

Mauritanians Protest Tahrir Square Assaults

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