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· July, 2017

Stories about Freedom of Speech from July, 2017

31 July 2017

Tajik Parliament Plans to Monitor Citizens Who Visit ‘Undesirable’ Websites

Advox

The legislation also represents a shift in strategy for the Tajik government, which has historically opted to censor controversial websites and services.

30 July 2017

Apple Removes Apps Offering Virtual Private Networks from Its China Store

Advox

"It represents the most drastic measure the Chinese government has taken to block the use of VPNs to date, and we are troubled to see Apple aiding China’s censorship efforts."

29 July 2017

Brunei Government Employee Complaining About Halal Certification Charged with Sedition Over Facebook Post

Advox

"Anyways that guy that's being charged with speaking out against the govt is a reminder that we don't have freedom of speech," wrote a Twitter user.

The Rise and Fall of a ‘Patriotic Investment Charity’ in China

Despite the government crackdown, many Shanxinhui’s members insist that Shanxinhui is a legitimate patriotic business.

28 July 2017

Philippines: On Facebook's Free Version, Fake News is Even Harder to Spot

Advox

Free Basics' limitations leave poorer users at a loss, giving them less access to useful information -- and little capacity to determine whether news is reliable or not.

27 July 2017

Netizen Report: New Research Tests Facebook’s Digital ‘On Ramp’ for Developing Countries

Advox

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

Vietnamese Activist Trần Thị Nga Sentenced to 9 Years for ‘Propaganda’

Advox

The 40-year-old Trần Thị Nga, also known by her pen name “Thúy Nga,” is a prominent advocate for migrants and land rights.

25 July 2017

The Case of Fabiola Antiqueo and Police Violence in Chile

"The current system and the impunity that it protects, is one of the most visible legacies of the dictatorship in Chile"

Puerto Rican Newspaper Cans Popular Comic Strip, Raising Concerns Over Censorship

Advox

Pepito is known for its sharp critique of the government and of elected officials in both the governments of Puerto Rico and of the United States.

24 July 2017

Ghana's Social Media Scene Opens New Spaces for Public Debate

"Today, Ghanaians on social media are quick to make permutations of what number of public schools, hospitals, roads and sanitised water systems could have been constructed..."

23 July 2017

Bahraini Rights Activist Ebtisam Al-Saegh Charged Under Terrorism Law

Advox

Bahraini authorities have constantly harassed Al-Saegh because of her rights activism.

22 July 2017

Georgian Women March Against Misogyny and Racism

“I’m not too hopeful that the change will come soon, but we will do our part to push for it.”

Arrest Over a Facebook Rant Brings Trinidad & Tobago's Cybercrime Legislation Into Sharp Focus

Advox

"Overbroad content offences are always illegitimate, but are particularly dangerous online, where many people are still in the process of discovering their voice."

21 July 2017

Russia's Parliament Went on a Censorship Binge Today

RuNet EchoAdvox

The Kremlin is cracking down on online anonymity. Again.

Lebanese Government Bans All Protests Right Before a Syrian Refugee Solidarity Sit-In

Advox

Activists called for a protest after four Syrian refugees died while in the custody of the Lebanese army.

Thai Academics to Be Summoned by Military for Raising ‘Anti-Junta Placards’ at an International Conference

The Thai Academic Network for Civil Rights reminded authorities that the country's constitution does not forbid people from holding up placards.

20 July 2017

Netizen Report: Authorities in China and Indonesia Threaten Whatsapp, Telegram Over Political Content

Advox

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

19 July 2017

How the Assault on Independent Media in Bahrain Silenced a Trusted Regional Watchdog

Advox

"Freedom of expression is under sustained attack here. With the shuttering of Al Wasat, there is no real journalism left.”

Ethiopia's Music of Resistance Stays Strong, Despite Repression

Advox

Amid wide-scale protests and a violent government crackdown, Afan Oromo musicians have begun to rise as a visible — and audible — driving inspiration for the opposition movement.

18 July 2017

One Year Later: Why the Purges in Turkey Were Always in the Pipeline

The Bridge

"What has happened in Turkey is a tragedy, made even worse by the fact that the loudest voices in the chorus said the wrong things at the wrong time."

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