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· November, 2017

Stories about Freedom of Speech from November, 2017

29 November 2017

#DemocracyDefeated: How Indian Right-Wing Groups Stalled A Bollywood Period Drama

Scandal surrounding "Padmavati" film causes Indian BJP leader to call for the lead actor's beheading and draws attention to larger issues of freedom of expression in film.

23 November 2017

13 Things Banned (or Strongly Discouraged) in Tajikistan

Tajikistan's people are renowned for hospitality, but their government isn't. Some locals joke the only ban left is a ban on banning things.

Malaysian Authorities Blocked Websites Reporting on Massive Personal Data Theft Scandal

Advox

"I believe that you have a right to know about it, in a timely manner. Authorities can’t sit on the data for weeks without letting you know on any pretense."

17 November 2017

Jordanian Cartoonist Goes to Trial For Drawing Jesus

Advox

The cartoon commented on the Orthodox Church in Jerusalem, which sold church property to Israeli settler groups to pay off church debt.

15 November 2017

When Citizens Rejected a Ban on WhatsApp and Telegram, Afghan Officials Backed Down

Advox

"The order must be immediately withdrawn, otherwise we put Ghani’s name in line with dictators like Putin, Bashar Assad, Kim Jong Un and many more."

#StopTheCrackdownVN: Global Groups Call for Human Rights Protection in Vietnam

Advox

Human rights groups are stepping up the campaign urging the Vietnamese government to release 165 prisoners and conscience and to stop the persecution of activists and bloggers.

14 November 2017

In India, Class and Gender Inequities Impede Justice for Sexual Harassment Victims

Advox

"...the entire justice system itself is aligned towards keeping patriarchy and caste system intact."

12 November 2017

A Look Inside China's Propaganda Bureaucracy

Advox

How powerful is the Publicity Department of China's Communist Party? This article explores the history, functions, and expanding role of China's propaganda bureaucracy.

10 November 2017

Netizen Report: Memes and ‘Obscene’ Messages Are Under Fire in Indonesia

Advox

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

9 November 2017

Freedom of Expression or ‘Obscene Representation'? The Case Against Indian Cartoonist Bala G

Advox

"The incident made me think that my children were burning. I have no words to express my sorrow, so I drew the cartoon out of rage."

3 November 2017

Indonesian Police Go After Social Media Users for Mocking House Speaker

Advox

"What does it say about....Indonesia when a politician can continue to act with impunity, while somebody who spreads a meme about him gets arrested?"

China's Twitter Community Is Polarized Over Corruption Allegations by Fugitive Billionaire Guo Wengui

"When struggling with the CCP, one has to be cunning and wise -- borrowing power from one authority to crack down on the other one."

United Arab Emirates: Seven Months After Completing His Sentence, Blogger Osama Al-Najjar Remains in Prison

Advox

Osama Al-Najjar was arrested in 2014 for tweeting in support of his imprisoned father.

Macedonian Court Ruling Favors Formerly Jailed Journalist, Indicates Government Conspiracy

Advox

Kezarovski spent the better part of three years as political prisoner, under conditions tantamount to torture.

2 November 2017

Moroccan Journalists Keep Fighting to Cover the Hirak Movement, Despite State Intimidation

Advox

Journalists reporting on the Hirak protests are facing a myriad of restrictions.

1 November 2017

Activist Faces Imprisonment For His Book Criticizing The Indian River Inter-Linking Project

"Sedition case for writing against river linking! This is a most financially, socially, environmentally disastrous idea."

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