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· November, 2014

Stories about Freedom of Speech from November, 2014

Selfies, ‘Sandwich Parties’ and ‘The Hunger Games': How Activists Have Challenged Thailand's Martial Law

Six months have passed since the army grabbed power and declared martial law in Thailand. During this time, Thai citizens have used various forms of protests against the junta.

‘TusovochkaNews’ Delivers Russian Journalists Some Badly Needed ‘Self-Irony’

“The media space in Russia has narrowed to just a couple hundred people who gossip about each other. Sometimes these people don’t get enough self-irony,” TusovochkaNews’ creator told RuNet Echo.

The Story Behind Iran's Censorship Redirect Page

When Internet users in Iran try to access a blocked website, they're taken to www.peyvandha.ir. The page has changed throughout the years, reflecting the government's evolving approach to censorship.

Authorities Take Healthy Milk Activist to Court in Serbia

Serbian authorities have increasingly been calling online activists in for questioning. Now activist Marko Živković is being called into court for publicly complaining about milk regulations 20 months ago.

In Cricket-Crazy India, Basketball Is Quietly Empowering Girls’ Lives

Meet the girls of Gangyap, who are national level champions in basketball, a sport that was foreign in their remote mountainous village until recently.

The Ferguson Protests are Actually About Russia (According to the RuNet)

The controversial grand jury decision in the Ferguson case generated much discussion on social media in the US. Turns out, the RuNet users had opinions as well.

The Silent Crackdown on Serbian Media

"Censorship is no longer a relic of the past, it's the present that we must fight against."

Venezuela: Draft Law Would Criminalize Online Protest, Remove Checks on Surveillance

Under the law, a person using digital media to “promote or attack the constitutional order” or “disrupt public peace” could face between one and five years behind bars.

In Putin's Russia, Hell Is Other Liberals

The speed and vigor with which Russia’s intelligentsia turned on Alexey Venediktov in such a short time would be nothing short of amazing, were it anything unusual in Moscow.

‘Humour Is a Sharp Weapon Challenging an Authoritarian Regime’

Chinese political cartoonist Biantailajiao, who now lives in Japan after being labeled a traitor in mainland press, says dictators have no sense of humour.

11-Year-Old Girl Starts Petition Calling for Mexican President's Resignation

Opposition Representatives Propose “Freedom from Fear” Law in Serbia

Nineteen representatives of the Serbian National Assembly filed a proposal for a new law that would guarantee Serbian citizens freedom from fear. While freedom from fear is allegedly a right...

Over 2000 Macedonian Students Celebrated International Student Day in Protest

Over 2000 students went into the streets of Macedonian capital Skopje on November 17 to march against the decision of the government to impose external testing in the country's universities.

One Year Later: Ukrainians Remember Euromaidan Online

On November 21, the official start of Euromaidan a year ago, Ukrainians flocked to social media to remember and reflect on the protests and their aftermath.

University Teacher Unpopular with Islamist Hardliners Is Killed in Bangladesh

Professor Shafiul Islam, a professor of sociology in Rajshahi University was attacked with a machete by unknown assailants outside his home in Rajshahi city on November 15. He died from his...

Burkina Faso Is Taking Steps Toward Democracy (and Africans Are Taking Note)

Since the ousting of President Blaise Compaoré, who held power for 27 years, ex-diplomat Michel Kafando was chosen by consensus to lead the transitional period until the next elections.

Musicians Seen As “Pro-Russian” Are Not Welcome in the UK and Latvia

When singer Valeriya arrived at the Royal Albert Hall for her concert, which she was supposed to perform with Iosef Kobzon, she was met with over one hundred anti-Putin protesters.

Fake ‘Ukrainian’ News Websites Run by Russian ‘Troll Army’ Offshoots

A new investigation of Russia's information war has revealed fake 'Ukrainian' news sites are actually hosted, operated, and staffed in Russia without any local correspondents.

Critical Independent Theater Company Faces Eviction in Moscow

"There [was] no reason [given], and it is not indicated on the termination (statement). Therefore, I conclude that it has something to do with plays."

Lugansk News Today: One Man's SEO Battle with Russia Today

Lugansk News Today has been blogging about Eastern Ukraine in English since August, to inform people about events in his hometown, and to knock RT off the Google top results.

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