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· January, 2017

Stories about Freedom of Speech from January, 2017

31 January 2017

Algerian Blogger Merzoug Touati Could Face 25 Years in Jail for Interviewing an Israeli Official on YouTube

Advox

The interview focuses on Algerian government accusations that foreign powers stoked protests against austerity measures in the country. Blogger Merzoug Touati is charged with "exchanging intelligence with a foreign power."

30 January 2017

Myanmar Activists Say Junta-Era Defamation Law Must Go

Advox

"It is not appropriate that a citizen who criticises someone more powerful should face legal action of this kind."

Journalists of Closed Hungarian Newspaper Népszabadság Score ‘Symbolic Posthumous Victory’ in Court

A Hungarian court has ruled that last October's sudden closure of the country's leading opposition daily, Népszabadság, was illegal.

28 January 2017

Originally Sentenced to Death, a Blogger Goes Before Mauritania's Supreme Court

Advox

In 2014, Ould Mkhaitir was arrested and convicted of "apostasy" over an opinion article in which he addressed Mauritania's discriminatory caste system.

27 January 2017

Russian Political Prisoner Ildar Dadin Files Request to Move Prisons

RuNet Echo

"Are there really no colonies closer to Moscow?" Dadin's wife asked Russia's State Penitentiary Service.

26 January 2017

Netizen Report: Trump Administration Kicks Off With Media Gags, Anti-Protest Measures

Advox

The Trump era begins, Cameroon shuts down the Internet for English-speaking regions, and Iranians wonder if Telegram will be blocked on election day.

23 January 2017

“The Human Rights Situation in Burundi Is Deteriorating: We Need a New Approach to Show the World What is Happening”

"Strained relations in Burundi are causing price hikes and making life very difficult for the population. We need an urgent resolution to the Burundi crisis".

Thousands of Women March to Reclaim Public Spaces Across India

Thousands of women across India rally, carrying signs reading, “I will go out,” in a campaign to reclaim their right to public spaces without fear of being attacked.

20 January 2017

Health of Detained UAE Academic Nasser Bin Ghaith at Risk, Rights Groups Say

Advox

Bin Ghaith was held incommunicado for nine months over and deprived of adequate food and clothing. Supporters are now concerned for his health.

Netizen Report: Bahrain Orders News Outlet to Stop ‘Using Electronic Media Tools’

Advox

Israeli lawmakers give nod to ‘Facebook Bill’, Oman suspends free speech cases against Facebookers, and Kenyans fear an election day Internet shutdown.

19 January 2017

Bahrain Intensifies Media Crackdown Ahead of Protest Anniversary

Advox

On 16 January, the government banned the online edition of the country’s only independent newspaper al-Wasat, from "using electronic media tools".

17 January 2017

#SaveArash: Jailed Iranian Activist Arash Sadeghi is Fighting for Human Rights — And His Life

Advox

Arash Sadeghi was on hunger strike from 23 October 2016 until January 3, 2017. He remains alive and conscious, according to close contacts of his family.

14 January 2017

Get to Know Barry Diawadou, the Guinean Independence Hero the Government Prefers to Forget

Let the unknown leaders of the national independence struggle be known again.

UK Horror Writer Graham Masterton Organizes Short Story Contest for the Inmates of Poland's Prisons

“The prisoners can write about anything they like. Even though they’re locked up, I want to see them setting their imagination free.”

13 January 2017

Israel Advances New ‘Facebook Bill’, Threatening Free Speech

Advox

Between October 2015 and January 2016 alone, Israel arrested 150 Palestinians on the grounds of "incitement through social media."

A Year of Living Strategically

The Bridge

2017 promises to be a vital year for Global Voices. Some further thoughts on our strategy planning process.

12 January 2017

Digital Activists Are Disappearing in Pakistan

Advox

At least six bloggers and digital activists have disappeared thus far in 2017. Despite being a serious human rights issue, the number of people missing in Pakistan is unknown.

Kenyans Fear a Possible Internet Shutdown During 2017 Presidential Election

Advox

Kenya would be not the first country in Africa to shut down its Internet during elections -- Uganda and The Gambia have already gone this far.

Ukraine Bans Russia’s One Independent TV Station

RuNet Echo

The Ukrainian government has voted to remove Russian independent TV station Dozhd from its list of approved foreign broadcasters, giving providers one month to remove the station from their networks.

11 January 2017

‘Most Efficient Trial in History’ Fines Serbian Magazine for Defamation of Interior Minister

Advox

"How can a journalist be 'unauthorised' to do their job: gathering information and suggesting conclusions based on the gathered evidence?"

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