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· April, 2015

Stories about Freedom of Speech from April, 2015

29 April 2015

An Unexpected TV Rerun Sends Serbia's Social Media Into Censorship Panic

Satirical news show 24 Minutes was supposed to air a new episode with Serbia's embattled ombudsman as a guest, but a rerun ran instead. Censorship-weary viewers feared the worst.

28 April 2015

Ukraine's Security Service Takes Down 30,000 Websites to Fight ‘Pro-Russian Propaganda’

RuNet Echo

In an attempt to shut down a handful of pro-Russian websites, Ukraine's Security Service seized servers from one of the country's largest hosting providers, taking down thousands of innocent websites.

27 April 2015

VIDEO: The World Is Saying #FreeZone9Bloggers

Advox

Global Voices marks the one-year anniversary of the arrest of Ethiopia's Zone9 bloggers with this crowd-sourced this video of support. Say it with us: #FreeZone9Bloggers!

TV Reporter Sacked Over Less-Than-Rosy Tweets About Australia’s War Memorial Day

Scott McIntyre tweeted about the "execution, widespread rape and theft committed by these ‘brave’ Anzacs." "We've gone from #JeSuisCharlie to #SackScottMcIntyre in 4 short months." one observer remarked.

Southeast Asian Activists Unite in ‘People’s Walk’ Ahead of Regional Leaders’ Summit

More than 1,000 activists and leaders from various civil society organizations across Southeast Asia declared their position on human rights and growing economic inequality.

24 April 2015

A Response to the Kremlin-Bot Skeptics

RuNet Echo

After Alexander's bot network analysis garnered massive attention from Russian media and social networks, he now addresses some of the skepticism about the bot networks and their provenance.

Guyana's Health Minister Assails Women's Activist, Says He Would ‘Slap Her Ass’

The Minister of Health's tirade against a women's rights activist raises questions about gender equality, human rights and the political status quo in Guyana.

22 April 2015

Angola: Award-Winning Journalist Faces Trial Over ‘Blood Diamonds’ Investigation

Advox

Jonathan McCully contributed to this report. Last month, Rafael Marques de Morais was awarded the Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Award for Journalism for his “impactful, original, and unwavering investigative...

21 April 2015

Bulgaria's First Crowdfunding Journalism Project

Singaporean Teenager Arrested for Making Videos Deemed ‘Offensive’

Advox

"Apart from the problems of using handcuffs on minors, is this really a proportional response to a YouTube video?"

Vietnamese Netizens Are Getting Bolder Online, Despite Tough Laws

Advox

"Thanks to social media it has become possible and even trendsetting to publicly question the Communist Party’s legitimacy."

Syrian Blogger Stabbed in His Istanbul Home After Receiving Threats Online

Threatened online by different Syrian factions, Global Voices author Asaad Hanna was last night stabbed four times in his home in Istanbul, Turkey. He is now recovering.

20 April 2015

How Blogging is Held Hostage by Ethiopian Politics

Advox

"Why is there just a single—and poorly functioning—Internet service provider for Ethiopia’s 90 million people? We know better than to ask this of public officials."

The ‘Beauty’ of Russian Homophobia

RuNet Echo

Titled "Beautiful People and What They Say to Me," LGBT rights activist Lena Klimova posted photos of individuals in their everyday lives, and the threatening messages they’ve sent her online.

18 April 2015

Malaysian Cartoonist Vows to Continue Fighting Government Abuses Despite Sedition Charges

Advox

"I will not keep quiet. How can I be neutral, even my pen has a stand!"

17 April 2015

Tanzania's Cyber Crime Bill Gives More Power to Police, Less to People

Advox

Leading opponents of the legislation from civil society say they will take the government to court if the president signs the bill into law.

China Jails Prominent Journalist Gao Yu for Leaking ‘State Secrets’

She was sentenced to seven years in prison. Observers believe the "state secrets" refer to a Chinese Communist Party directive that lists "seven speak-nots" for university professors, including press freedom.

16 April 2015

Japan's ‘Vagina Artist’ Denies Obscenity Charges

Japanese artist Megumi Igarashi, nicknamed "The Vagina Artist" by the Western media, says there's nothing obscene about artwork based on her genitalia.

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