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· September, 2014

Stories about Freedom of Speech from September, 2014

30 September 2014

Twitter Users Proclaim the Death of Indonesia's Democracy as Lawmakers Scrap Direct Voting of Regional Assemblies

The Twitter hashtags #RIPDemokrasi and #ShameOnYouSBY were trending as Indonesians expressed displeasure over the vote and against outgoing president SBY.

28 September 2014

Laos Joins Southeast Asian Neighbors in Imposing Stricter Internet Controls

Advox

The new law will criminalize online criticism of government policies and outlaw "Spreading information that distorts truth or tarnishes the dignity and rights of individuals, sectors, institutions and organizations."

25 September 2014

Here's Why Mail.Ru's Complete Control Over VKontakte Is Bad News

RuNet Echo

Russia’s Internet group Mail.ru has acquired the remaining stake in VKontakte, and is now the sole owner of the biggest social network in the country.

24 September 2014

#WithSyria Wants to End the Indiscriminate Bombing of Syrian Civilians

#withSyria campaign wants the world leaders to hear and act through 100K signatures to effectively stop the indiscriminate attacks of Syrians civilians. Help us by spreading the word.

22 September 2014

How Russia’s Anti-Profanity Law Is Affecting Independent Filmmakers

Russian filmmakers are still grappling with how the anti-profanity law will affect their work and Russian culture at large.

Images of Horror: Who Decides What We See Online?

Advox

In a "cameras everywhere" world, we must pay close attention to the decisions platforms like YouTube that are often responsible for deciding what we see -- and what we don't.

CPJ Calls on Obama to Defend the Right to Report in the Digital Age

Advox

With more and more world governments targeting journalists with communications surveillance, the Committee to Protect Journalists is asking the Obama administration to clean up its act.

21 September 2014

Macedonian Media Stonewalls Popular Hip-Hop Artist's Pro-Freedom Song

Popular Macedonian hip-hop artist has seen his career come to a near stop after releasing a song and music video that discusses freedom of speech issues in Macedonia.

19 September 2014

Threats to Press Freedom in the Fight Against Ebola in Liberia

Ice Bucket Challenge, Meet Ukraine's ‘Blood Bucket’ Challenge

RuNet Echo

A group of European youths are raising awareness of the conflict in Ukraine with a gory twist on the infamous Ice Bucket Challenge. The buckets are filled with metaphorical blood.

18 September 2014

Right to Be Forgotten: A Win for Argentina's Lawsuit-Happy Celebrities?

Advox

What kind of information is in the public interest? Is it possible (or desirable) to define this? Free expression attorney Ramiro Alvarez examines this question in the context of Argentina.

17 September 2014

The Internet Helps Double Russia's Number of Extremism Cases

RuNet Echo

The number of criminal cases opened on extremism charges in Russia doubled during 2014, and the Internet is responsible for the growth, as more political activity and activism happen online.

16 September 2014

Criticizing the Government Could Get You Arrested in Malaysia. Is it Time to Repeal the Sedition Act?

The law was passed in 1948 and it has been used ever since to harass the opposition

Was a Popular Saint Lucia Blog Taken Down by Google Hateful or Just Outspoken?

Advox

The no-holds-barred, muckraking blog had become both notorious and controversial among people interested in local politics -- and then it was blocked, without warning.

15 September 2014

Take a Musical Tour of Latin America's Talented Subway Performers

Some cities ban them, but the musicians found in the subways of Buenos Aires, Quito, Caracas, and Mexico City liven up an otherwise dull commute on public transportation.

Egyptian Blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah Released on Bail

Advox

Prominent Egyptian activist and blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah was released on bail today but the road to justice is a long and bumpy one, says netizens.

11 September 2014

Right to Be Forgotten: With Free Expression Under Threat, Europe Needs a ‘Marco Civil Moment’

Advox

In the second installment in our "right to be forgotten" series, Felix Treguer explains how the new EU rules affect corporations like Google -- and their impact on the public.

Russia Cracks Down on Internet Free Speech, Except When It's ISIS

RuNet Echo

The Internet army of the "Islamic State," having lost some of its battles in the West, is now allegedly recruiting and fundraising on the Russian social network VKontakte.

China's New Regulations on Instant Messaging Tools Explained

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