Close

Support Global Voices

To stay independent, free, and sustainable, our community needs the help of friends and readers like you.

Donate now »

See all those languages up there? We translate Global Voices stories to make the world's citizen media available to everyone.

Learn more about Lingua Translation  »

· October, 2015

Stories about Freedom of Speech from October, 2015

31 October 2015

Bangladesh Book Publishers Suffer Fatal Attacks in Wake of Blogger Killings

Advox

Both publishers had ties with Bangladeshi-American blogger and author Avijit Roy, who was attacked and killed in February 2015.

29 October 2015

Iranian Student Held Without Charge, Pressured to Make False Confession

Advox

"Judicial officials...should not arrest youths and pass heavy judgments against them every time they criticize. My son should be sitting in class and studying right now.”

Indian Scholars Return Their National Awards to Protest Rising Intolerance

"We have never seen an atmosphere like this in India before. There never was any fear to freely voice one’s opinions."

Ukrainian Official Dismissed for Using Russian Email Service for Official Correspondence

RuNet EchoAdvox

Ukrainian authorities believe that using Russian email services could potentially "jeopardize the country's information security" in view of the ongoing information war between Ukraine and Russia.

28 October 2015

Netizen Report: US Tech Companies Grapple with EU Data Rules in a Post-Snowden World

Advox

Ukraine rolls out Russian-style Internet blacklist, Cuba releases artist-blogger "El Sexto" after 10 months in prison, and Bahrain jails Zainab Al-Khawaja for insulting the king.

27 October 2015

Fans Step Up After Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei Hits Brick Wall With Lego

"No Lego on my Christmas-Burthday shopping list @LEGO_Group. Not supporting Ai Wei Wei @aiww is very disappointing"

Free Alaa Campaign Takes Social Media by Storm on the First Anniversary of His Imprisonment

Advox

Alaa Abd El Fattah has spent a year in prison for his activism. He has four more to serve. Netizens are making noise on his first year anniversary calling for...

Jailed for Anti-Monarchy Graffiti, Thai Musician Gets Support on Social Media

Opas C, a 68-year-old Thai, is serving a three-year jail term for writing an anti-monarchy graffiti in a mall toilet.

26 October 2015

‘Our Detention Tells a Broader Story About Our Country': Reflections From Ethiopia's Zone9 Bloggers

Advox

"To our incarcerators who gave us those ordeals, even if you are not asking us for forgiveness, here we are."

22 October 2015

Ukraine's New Banned Websites Registry: Security Measure or Censorship Tool?

RuNet EchoAdvox

Ukraine's new cyberpolice say they want to protect Ukrainians online, but a banned websites registry is causing Internet users to worry about adverse effects on free expression.

21 October 2015

Netizen Report: Uganda Vows to Step Up Online Censorship

Advox

Free speech is under fire in East Africa: Two Facebook users have been charged under Tanzania's new cybercrime law, while new social media regs are on the horizon in Uganda.

3 Mexicans Who Refuse to Stay Silent on Injustice

Father Solalinde, poet Javier Sicilia, and the families of 43 missing students in Ayotzinapa are all raising their voices against the problem of violence and impunity in the country.

20 October 2015

Bahrain Government Renews Crackdown on Religious Rituals

Security forces and youth clashed in Bahrain today as police attacked villages, forcefully removing banners placed on roadsides to commemorate Ashura. Several people were injured from buckshot fired at protesters.

19 October 2015

Two Tanzanians Accused of Posting ‘False Information’ Face Charges Under New Cybercrime Law

Advox

According to the state, both men have violated Section 16 of Cybercrimes Act, which prohibits "publication of false information." Little more is currently known about their cases.

Angolan Rapper Breathes New Life Into ‘Freedom Now’ Movement, As Hunger Strike Threatens His

Activists fight for their lives in Angolan jails. Thanks to a new online portal that collects and publishes photos showing solidarity with political prisoners, the movement is stronger than ever.

Chinese Nationalist ‘Hawks’ Form Online Volunteer Army Against ‘Enemy Forces’

Advox

In addition to the Chinese Communist Youth League's online civilization volunteers, the right-wing nationalists are also self-organized, creating a online volunteer army to promote their ideas and silence critics.

16 October 2015

Ethiopia's Zone9 Bloggers Acquitted of Terror Charges

Advox

Many supporters on Twitter put words like "acquittal", "court" and "judiciary" in quotation marks to emphasize the degree to which the case exposed Ethiopia's failed judicial system.

Myanmar ‘Cartoonists Have Been on the Side of the People’

"Many say that cartoonists or journalists should not be biased, but must be neutral. It is wrong. They should have bias. They must. By bias, I don’t mean prejudice."

14 October 2015

Egyptian Facebook User Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Putting Mickey Mouse Ears on Sisi

Advox

Egyptian Facebook user Amr Nohan has been sentenced to three years in prison by a military court for adding Mickey Mouse ears to President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi's image.

11 October 2015

The Murky Ethics of Publishing Data on Russian Servicemen ‘Bombing Syria’

RuNet Echo

Ukrainian "civic investigation" project Mirotvorets, previously preoccupied with exposing the Russian military presence in eastern Ukraine, has published personal data of Russian servicemen allegedly engaged in airstrikes in Syria.

Receive great stories from around the world directly in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the best of Global Voices!

Submitted addresses will be confirmed by email, and used only to keep you up to date about Global Voices and our mission. See our Privacy Policy for details.

Newsletter powered by Mailchimp (Privacy Policy and Terms).

* = required field
Email Frequency



No thanks, show me the site