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· November, 2015

Stories about Freedom of Speech from November, 2015

30 November 2015

Bangladesh Keeps Blocking Social Media, Threatens New Surveillance Tactics

Advox

With the lack of accountability shown by the government, a move towards more stringent controls of the Internet is worrying for the state of free expression in the country.

Russia Considers Tougher Restrictions on Mobile SIM-Card Sales

RuNet Echo

You already need a passport to buy a prepaid SIM-card in Russia, but regulators want to further restrict SIM-card sales, citing security reasons and the increasing "terrorist threat."

29 November 2015

Will Indonesia’s Police Circular on Hate Speech Suppress Freedom of Expression?

Advox

"This hands the police a powerful weapon, allowing it to decide what can and cannot be categorized as hate speech, and is absolutely problematic and dangerous."

27 November 2015

Are Russian News Media Getting a Boost from Retweet Bots on Twitter?

RuNet Echo

Analysis indicates the retweet and favorite counts of some of Russia's top news agencies are seemingly being artificially inflated by hundreds of Twitter bots.

26 November 2015

Singaporeans Can Now Legally Own and Read ‘Fanny Hill’, but Playboy Is Still Banned

The government lifted the ban for 240 publications but 17 titles remain prohibited for being obscene or contrary to public interest.

‘If There Is One Thing the Angolan Government Is Scared of, It Is People’

Read part two of an interview with Laurinda Gouveia, who is accused of inciting rebellion against the Angolan government for participating in a book group.

25 November 2015

With Messaging Apps Still Banned, Bangladeshis Turn to Tor (and Twitter)

Advox

It is not clear whether the government has blocked the Facebook portal or banned the use of Facebook altogether.

An Interview With Laurinda Gouveia, a Young Woman Charged With Conspiring Against the Angolan Government

"Even today, physically, I bear physical evidence of this beating. And, obviously, my way of looking at these men is not the same as it was before..."

24 November 2015

New Ukrainian Police Banned from Using Russian Social Networks

RuNet Echo

VKontakte and Odnoklassniki, the top Russian social network sites hugely popular in Ukraine, are now off limits for Ukrainian police officers.

20 November 2015

Women at Work: The Collective Now Transforming Hip-Hop in Mexico

A multidisciplinary collective has successfully combated Mexico's stereotypes and faced gender discrimination in the art scene and in Mexican society more broadly.

Netizen Report: Bangladesh Bans Facebook and Chat Apps on ‘Security Grounds’

Advox

Bangladesh accidentally shuts down the Internet, hip-hop gets the boot on Chinese streaming sites, and Twitter faces new data dilemmas in Russia.

19 November 2015

Global Voices Community: We Stand With Hisham

Advox

As long-time friend and community member Hisham Almiraat faces trial in Morocco this week, the Global Voices community pays tribute to a man of unquestionable character, talent and amazing kindness.

18 November 2015

Authorities Don't Like This Infographic Showing Why Thailand's Royal Insult Law Needs Reform

Military authorities summoned an editor of the Prachatai news website over the infographic, which they deemed "vague and might cause misunderstanding" in Thailand.

17 November 2015

New Bill Urges Ban on WhatsApp and Google for Russian Officials

RuNet Echo

Banning the use of foreign services such as Google, Yahoo!, and WhatApp for Russian state officials is key to preserving confidentiality of state secrets, says one Russian lawmaker.

When China Briefly Unblocked Facebook, Trolls Rushed In

Advox

"I wish this precious experience can help our 'new friends' see a full picture of Taiwan's democracy, freedom and diversity. Welcome, all of you, to the world of Facebook!"

16 November 2015

Russian Lawmaker Suggests Banning Telegram Messenger ‘Because It's Used by ISIS’

RuNet EchoAdvox

Should Telegram be banned because it's used by extremist organizations such as ISIS? One Russian lawmaker believes it should, but plenty of others in Russia disagree.

International Tribunal Reopens Indonesia's ‘Forgotten Genocide’

The Indonesian government is accused of orchestrating an anti-communist purge that killed at least half a million people. What kind of reconciliation is possible today?

15 November 2015

Global Voices’ Hisham Almiraat Faces Trial in Morocco

Advox

Hisham Almiraat, a long-time author and community leader at Global Voices will face trial in Morocco this week on charges of "threatening the internal security of the State."

12 November 2015

Russia Changes Its Mind, Asks Twitter to Store Russian User Data Locally

RuNet EchoAdvox

Previously, Roscomnadzor had said Twitter was exempt from the norms of the data localization law as the kind of user data Twitter collects did not qualify as “personal information."

11 November 2015

Netizen Report: UN Authorities Pluck Protesters from Global Internet Conference in Brazil

Advox

The UN fails to walk the walk on free expression, Tanzanians face prosecution over WhatsApp messages, and the UK rolls out a new surveillance bill that is 'worse than scary'.

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