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· March, 2014

Stories about Freedom of Speech from March, 2014

31 March 2014

Teenage Bloggers in Bangladesh Arrested For ‘Blasphemous’ Facebook Posts

Fellow bloggers accuse an Islamist student organization of distributing false propaganda that rallied a mob against the two bloggers and led to their arrest.

A Schism Over Ukraine in Russian-owned LiveJournal

RuNet Echo

Igor Bigdan (ibigdan), one of the most popular RuNet bloggers, announced yesterday that he would be leaving his position as Director of LiveJournal Ukraine starting April.

Embattled Opposition Blogger's Insanity Defense?

RuNet Echo

When attempts to silence Alexey Navalny, Russia's top blogger and anti-corruption activist, don't work quite as planned, it's time to shovel the dirt.

28 March 2014

Top 10 Russian-Language Tweets, Week 13 of 2014

RuNet Echo

Every Friday, RuNet Echo collects the top ten Russian-language tweets and curates them for Global Voices readers.

China Strengthens Censorship on Foreign TV Online

Companies will now have to employ government-approved censors to green light videos before they can be broadcast online.

Creator of Quirky Movement Defends Kremlin Propagandist

27 March 2014

Blogging about Russia's Crimea Annexation? You Could Be an Extremist!

RuNet Echo

Russian lawmakers are toying with the idea of levying extremism charges against bloggers who “incite xenophobic attitudes” when writing about the Crimea.

Russia's Media Crackdown Spills into Academia

RuNet Echo

Three days ago, MGIMO University fired Professor Andrei Zubov for so-called academic misconduct. His supposed crime was writing an antiwar op-ed criticizing Russia's intervention in Ukraine.

25 March 2014

Brazil's Internet Bill of Rights Ignites Storm of Posts

Taiwan's Heavy-Handed Crackdown on #CongressOccupied Leaves Protesters, Journalists Injured

Some have blackened their profile photos on Facebook and Twitter in protest of the heavy-handed police response to a demonstration at government headquarters.

How Russians Are Outsmarting Internet Censorship

RuNet Echo

RuNet activists have created a sophisticated system of censorship evasion and counter-attack, which can potentially make life hard for both censors and pro-Kremlin websites.

23 March 2014

Tor Users on the Rise in Turkey

Video: Egyptian Blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah Released on Bail

Celebrations continue as prominent Egyptian blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah is released from jail. In his first tweet after his release, the activist vows to "continue" the struggle.

Erdogan Vows to ‘Wipe Out’ Twitter in Turkey

Turkey has blocked Twitter – as well as Google's public DNS service, used to circumvent the block. It seems, however, that the Turkish government's plan to censor dissent has backfired.

What Is the Future of Russia's News Media?

RuNet Echo

Now that Moscow has formally annexed Crimea, following a controversial popular referendum, it's possible, if not extremely likely, that Russian journalists will face even greater difficulties.

21 March 2014

As Elections Approach, Denial Runs Deep for Turkey's Erdogan

The Bridge

Turkey's Prime Minister is calling for democratic elections in a democratic state. Meanwhile, media outlets are under attack, Twitter is blocked, and protester oppression is at an all-time high.

20 March 2014

Macedonian Students Demanding Better Living Conditions Called ‘Unpatriotic’

While most have supported Macedonian university students' online campaign to raise awareness about the unlivable conditions of dormitories in Skopje, one columnist called their efforts "unpatriotic".

Algerian Opposition TV Network Shuttered Ahead of Presidential Elections

Independent television network Al-Atlas TV, known for broadcasting Algerian opposition viewpoints without any restriction or censorship, was shut down by Algerian authorities on March 11.

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