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· December, 2016

Stories about Freedom of Speech from December, 2016

30 December 2016

There Were Many Bright Spots to Be Found Amid the Doom and Gloom of 2016

Here's a list of 41 Global Voices stories about the strength and creativity of the human spirit, proving that 2016 wasn't an annus horribilis through and through.

29 December 2016

A Year of Violence in Bangladesh

Advox

Groups linked to ISIS, Ansar Al Islam or Ansarullah Bangla Team have claimed responsibility for violent attacks on intellectuals and regular citizens. What does this mean for the future?

‘The Long Arms of the Kremlin?': Kazakh Man Goes to Prison for Insulting Vladimir Putin on Facebook

Advox

With traditional media in the country heavily restricted, social media is an obvious forum for information warfare between the Kazakh nationalists and ethnic Russians.

Iranian Civil Rights Defender Continues Hunger Strike, Protesting His Wife's Arrest For Fiction Writings

Advox

The campaign to free civil rights defender Arash Sadeghi has reached a critical point. Two months into his hunger strike, many worry Sadeghi's life is on the line.

23 December 2016

When They Censored Messaging Apps on Election Day, Montenegrin Regulators ‘Acted Legally’

Advox

Political oppositionists and prominent members of the country's civil society say the government's crackdown on social media harmed Montenegro's freedom of expression at a time when it was most needed.

Former Kuwaiti Lawmaker Sentenced to 42 Years in Jail for Tweets, ‘Insulting Saudi Arabia’

Advox

Dashti is a critic of Saudi Arabia, in particular its war in Yemen. He is also known for his controversial support of the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad

Investigative Journalists Reveal Accumulated Wealth of Serbian Politicians

The revelations, compiled by investigative journalism network KRIK, are generating lively debate online and within traditional media.

22 December 2016

Netizen Report: Threats on Civil Society Reach New Heights in Macedonia, Egypt

Advox

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Assaults on Rights Activists Harm Civil Society — And Saudi Arabia's Progress

Advox

Saudi Arabia's ongoing crackdown on peaceful activism is depriving activists of their freedom and basic rights -- and it's costing the kingdom the work and creativity of its brightest reformists.

Activists Around the World Could Learn From Peru's History of Protest

Look to civil society's innovations in 1990s Peru, and activists around the world today could learn some vital lessons in resisting autocracy.

21 December 2016

Macedonia's Ruling Party Lashes Out at Civil Society After Contested Elections

Advox

Flyers naming civil society members (so-called “traitors”) were distributed in the mailboxes and under windshield wipers throughout the capital, Skopje. Others were targeted on social media.

Thailand’s New Computer Crimes Law Threatens Free Speech and Encryption

Advox

"The law's most serious shortcoming is in its giving too much power for authorities to make their own judgement whether certain actions may be deemed in violation of the law."

20 December 2016

Sleeping or Dead – Part 6: Do Not Forget Them

The Bridge

"There are others who haven’t had the chance to bring their stories to an end, but are at this moment still stuck in them. Do not forget them."

16 December 2016

Social Media Sites Blocked in Kazakhstan on 25th Anniversary of Independence

RuNet Echo

Activists reported that Facebook, YouTube, and other social media websites were inaccessible in Kazakhstan on Friday, the 25th anniversary of the country's independence from the Soviet Union.

#FreeMaxenceMelo: Authorities Charge Tanzanian Whistleblowing Website Owner Under Cybercrimes Law

Advox

"Mentioning 'Tanzania' and 'democracy' in the same sentence amounts to subjecting the term 'democracy' to ridicule."

Student Leaders Spark Hope for Change on Iran’s National Student Day

The Bridge

"Iran’s civil society and student movements remain a ray of hope, and indeed pride, for a nation that continues to struggle for change."

Netizen Report: Discussion Platform Founder Arrested in Tanzania

Advox

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

14 December 2016

Belarus Moves to Block Tor in Fight Against Online Anonymity

RuNet EchoAdvox

Belarus is ramping up efforts to crack down on Tor. But does Minsk actually have the ability to block the anonymity network?

13 December 2016

The High Cost of Algeria's Crackdown on Speech: Life and Freedom

Advox

Will the Algerian government acknowledge the high cost of silencing its critics before more lives are lost or destroyed for a mere Facebook post?

12 December 2016

Netizen Report: Sudanese Activists Sustain Calls for Civil Disobedience, Despite Arrests

Advox

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

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