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· April, 2017

Stories about Freedom of Speech from April, 2017

29 April 2017

The Lonely Death of One of Ethiopia's Most Public Men

In Assefa’s death, one may find the sadness of exile, something which is both deeply personal and political.

28 April 2017

Kashmiri Man Who Was Tied to an Indian Military Jeep as a Human Shield Says He Now Lives in Fear

"...I am afraid of going to a hospital. I’m afraid they will find me and kill me…I haven’t stepped outside my house in the last eight days."

High-Profile Chinese Blogger Arrested for Online Comments, After Years of Police Harassment

Advox

Under China's "stability control" measures, it is increasingly common for netizens who are critical of the government to be summoned or detained by police.

Indian Government Bans 22 Social Media Platforms in Kashmir including Facebook, WhatsApp

Advox

"By presenting the other side to the Kashmir storyline, the locals once again were able to own....the highly complex and conflicted Kashmir narrative."

27 April 2017

Netizen Report: Censorship Spikes in India, Subsides in Cameroon

Advox

The Internet is back on in English-speaking Cameroon, while social media has been shut down in Kashmir. Journalists in Maldives mourn the stabbing death of a blogger.

Jailed Emirati Academic Endures Hunger Strike to Protest Ten-Year Jail Sentence

Advox

"I have no choice but to go on hunger strike to restore my stolen freedom".

Three Ways the Russian Government Is Trying to Control the Internet

RuNet EchoAdvox

“The Internet was created as a special project by the CIA,” Vladimir Putin announced three years ago. Since then, Russian authorities’ faith in the Internet has declined even further.

Taiwan Tops Asia While Hong Kong Falls Four Places in Freedom of Press Index

Advox

"A majority [of media workers in Hong Kong] have expressed an increasing pressure which results in deliberate self-censorship."

23 April 2017

How the Symbols of Indonesia’s Hardline Muslim Groups Reached the Pages of Marvel Comics

"This artwork will be removed from subsequent printings, digital versions, and trade paperbacks and disciplinary action is being taken," according to a statement released by Marvel Comics.

Maldives Blogger and Activist Yameen Rasheed Stabbed to Death

“So-called 'Paradise on Earth' has no public safety for it's citizens. Tomorrow, it could be me, you, or any of us," wrote a Facebook user.

21 April 2017

A São Paulo City Councilor Surprised Schools With an Inspection for ‘Leftist Indoctrination’

Fernando Holiday was inspired by the Escola Sem Partido (School Without Party) campaign, which divides opinion in Brazil.

The Day Russia Outlawed Jehovah's Witnesses

RuNet Echo

It’s strange to see this in writing, let alone know that it’s true, but here it is: Russia has formally banned Jehovah's Witnesses.

20 April 2017

Netizen Report: Mexican Journalists Were Threatened Online, Then Killed

Advox

Kashmiris see more cuts to basic communications services, a Japanese artist gets fined for her 3D vagina art, and Thailand tells Facebookers to "unfollow" state critics.

Critics Say Albanian Parliament Is Trying to Amnesty Crooked Politicians, Under Pretext of Judicial Reform

Following protests, Albania's president has rejected legislation that could have spared the hides of many corrupt politicians. But it could still become law, regardless.

Surveillance, Privacy and the Right to Know: A Delicate Imbalance in Hong Kong

Advox

Hong Kong has strong legal protections against telephone surveillance, but scant protections for Internet-based communication.

19 April 2017

Thailand Tells Internet Users to Unfollow Junta Critics on Social Media — Or Face Consequences

Advox

"This is a ridiculous and oppressive order but I don't want any innocent people being targeted just because they follow my journalism," wrote former Reuters journalist Andrew MacGregor Marshall.

18 April 2017

Russian Math Instructor Faces Criminal Charges for Online Posts He Says He Didn't Write

RuNet Echo

The arrest of a Moscow math instructor has raised questions about the safety of using internet anonymizers in Russia.

17 April 2017

Pick Your Poison? Russian Orthodoxy or Banishment From Social Media

RuNet EchoAdvox

Critics of Vitaly Milonov, perhaps the most reactionary social conservative in the Russian parliament, have vowed to get him banned from Vkontakte, where his “online status” features an “illegal expression.”

Ugandan Academic and Sanitary Pad Campaign Leader Faces Criminal Charges For ‘Computer Misuse’

Advox

Nyanzi's story has become a rallying opportunity for Ugandans who oppose the Musveni government.

16 April 2017

Voting Is Underway in Turkey's Referendum. What Is at Stake?

The rules of the game may be on the brink of changing in Turkey, in a way that could disproportionately favour the strongest player.

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