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  »

· May, 2016

Stories about Freedom of Speech from May, 2016

31 May 2016

Europe Expects Big Progress From Angola Following Prisoner’s Liberation

The liberation of the Angolan activist, Marcos Mavungo, could be the start of the Angolan government respecting human rights, says an EU spokesperson.

29 May 2016

Ghanaians Oppose Shutdown of Social Media Platforms During Elections

Advox

"This kind of thinking is unacceptable."

28 May 2016

In Afghanistan, Social Media Gives Rise to Hate Speech

"Pashtun zealots, water-carrying Tajiks, porter Hazaras and raw-brained Uzbeks, good morning!"

27 May 2016

Russian Officials Make Plans for an Autonomous, State-Controlled Internet

RuNet Echo

Although the bill is in its early stages, should it become law, all of the RuNet's critical infrastructure would fall under complete control of the Russian state.

Netizen Report: Chilean Copyright Bill Could Eliminate Public Domain for Video, Music

Advox

Journalist Khadija Ismayilova wins court challenge in Azerbaijan, Vietnam censors Facebook and Instagram in the face of protests and the Nigerian Senate throws out ‘anti-social media bill’

Why Afghanistan's Hazara Won't Stop Marching

All Afghans are affected by the country's ongoing crisis of governance, but it is the long-suffering Hazara minority that has run out of patience fastest.

26 May 2016

Russian Media and Internet Users Debate the Ethics of Reporting on Teenage Suicide

RuNet Echo

Russian censors have blocked dozens of communities on social network VKontakte after an ethically murky media investigation accused these communities of pressuring teenage users to take their own lives.

China’s Independent Journalists Face High Risks — And Are in High Demand

Advox

Outside the umbrella of the media institution, independent journalists face many risks, but their work is becoming increasingly influential in China's media ecology.

Now's Not a Good Time to Wear a Hammer and Sickle T-Shirt in Indonesia

"Fear of communism, fear of liberalism, fear of LGBT, fear of Chinese and foreign powers: personalities of those with inferiority complexes. Fearing their own stupidity."

24 May 2016

A Novel About the ‘Anonymous People Who Every Day Live, Love, Resist and Struggle’ for Syria

"We hear little of those who resist, construct and reconstruct, in an increasingly difficult context," says activist, journalist, and Global Voices author Leila Nachawati Rego about her new novel.

A New Campaign Encourages Latin American Indigenous Communities to Create Their Own Media

Rising Voices

"By creating our own media, we, the indigenous peoples, are protagonists of our own history..."

23 May 2016

Venezuela: Research Confirms Censorship of News Platforms, Currency Websites

Advox

The study also confirmed that all local Internet service providers using DNS (domain name system) blocking, technique through which domain name servers respond incorrectly to requests for a particular domain.

The Iranian State Versus Kim Kardashian

The story is so absurd that it seems funny, at first glance. But the Iranian state's problems with Kim Kardashian are no laughing matter.

18 May 2016

Argentina's ‘March of the Cap’, a Movement That Won't Stay Silent on Deadly Police Brutality

"We are the guys and girls from the 'hoods, dances, and football fields, from the jails all over the country. We are the workers who fight every day for dignity".

16 May 2016

The Government of Mozambique is “Spying on its Citizens”, According to @Verdade

Advox

The order to intercept information was secured by military command between 2012-2014, and installed by the Chinese ZTE Corporation. Listening in on citizens is said to have begun in 2013.

Kenyan Blogger and Photographer Goes Missing

Advox

Before disappearing, he wrote on Facebook about how his arrest and 'terrorism suspect' label have destroyed his career and livelihood.

15 May 2016

Ethiopian Blogger and Activist Sentenced to Five Years and Four Months

Advox

Ethiopia's state prosecutor conflated digital security training with terrorism. A local judge agreed.

13 May 2016

Bulgarian ‘Green’ Activist Faces Lawsuit Over Facebook Post

Advox

Bulgarian eco-activist Borislav Sandov was sentenced for "insulting" the director of a mining company through a Facebook status. Court of appeals will hear his case at the end of May.

12 May 2016

Netizen Report: Facebook and Twitter Disappear in Uganda Amid Election Tensions

Advox

Mapping “disputed” areas could become a crime in India, Nepal gives Canadian man the boot over controversial tweets and a Russian social mediaite is convicted of promoting “separatism” online.

Where Is Zeenat Shahzadi? Missing Journalist Is Suspected Victim of Pakistan's Enforced Disappearances

"It is getting to the point when anyone of us can disappear for seeking or speaking the truth..."

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