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· August, 2014

Stories about Freedom of Speech from August, 2014

Azerbaijan's President Doesn't Really Get Twitter. He Doesn't Really Get Azerbaijan, Either

Azeri president Ilham Aliyev's official Twitter feed is so bad it is funny. But behind the comedy lurks the darker realities Aliyev's bumbling forays into social media are covering up.

Ukraine Asks Facebook’s Zuckerberg to Discipline Kremlin Bots

Ukrainian Facebook users have complained to Mark Zuckerberg himself that their accounts are being blocked on the site in droves—and they're blaming the Kremlin's bot army.

Activist Blogger in Vietnam Gets 3 Years Behind Bars for ‘Obstructing Traffic’

A court has sentenced a prominent Vietnamese activist blogger to three years in prison for posing a “serious obstruction to traffic.” Her two other companions will join her behind bars.

Ukraine Blows Up Twitter with News of Russian Invasion

As Russia expanded its push across the Ukrainian border in what the media described as a stealth invasion, Ukrainian Twitter users replied with thousands of posts and trending hashtags.

Two Months After Flooding, Digital Freedoms in Serbia Are Still in Trouble

In the wake of devastating floods that hit Serbia in May 2014, several local websites that published materials that criticized the government's relief efforts suffered technical attacks.

Documenting Nationalistic Hate Speech in Macedonian Media

Serbia’s ‘Declaration of Internet Freedom’ Wins Big Support from Western Dignitaries

Serbian bloggers have drafted a Declaration of Internet Freedom, and representatives of the international community are showing their support.

Macedonian Police Harass Journalists Covering Protests

Blogger Law Traps Russia's Activists in Limbo

The new blogger law's vagueness makes it an extremely potent tool for controlling dissent in Russia.

China Blocks Beijing Independent Film Festival

Leaked Documents Reveal How the Chinese Communist Party Channels Public Opinion

What exactly do China's online "opinion analysts" do? A recent scandal at Peking University sheds light on the question.

‘Revolutionary’ Band Laal Speaks Out Against Pakistan's Facebook and YouTube Bans

As Pakistan continues to restrict access to YouTube and Facebook, activist band Laal discusses the silencing effect that these bans have on artists, and discusses the future of free expression.

Critics Fear Bangladesh's New Media Monitoring Policy Will Stifle Free Expression

Questions have been raised by many about the new draft broadcasting policy of Bangladesh. Such a policy was much due, but analysts say its regressive and will control the media.

Google Docs in Amharic: A Security Tool for Ethiopian Bloggers

Indian News Portal Says Thomson Reuters Has ‘Unethical’ Understanding of Copyright

Thomson Reuters sent an email to MediaNama saying it would use and redistribute the portal's content if MediaNama didn't refuse consent within 14 days.

Ukrainian Daredevil Climber Admits to Painting the Moscow Star in Ukraine's Colors

The story of Russia's colour revolution has taken a new turn: a famous Ukrainian roofer Mustang Wanted admitted painting the star atop a high-rise in Moscow yellow and blue.

Advocates Petition UN for Action on Jailed Egyptian Blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah

The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Media Legal Defence Initiative asked the UN to intervene immediately in the case of Abd El Fattah, who began a hunger strike this week.

Indian Broadcaster NDTV's Report on Gaza Rocket Launch Becomes Fodder for Propaganda

NDTV journalists caught militants assembling a rocket in Gaza on camera, but the story has been "distorted by the twin forces of internet virality and the Israel-Palestinian spin machine."

Russia Finally Gets Its Color Revolution

The race to desecrate national symbols seems to be taking its toll on Moscow officials, who found it necessary to arrest several painters for using the colors yellow and blue.

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