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· January, 2018

Stories about Freedom of Speech from January, 2018

31 January 2018

After Two Decades, Will Ghana Finally Pass a Right to Information Law?

"We the people...put our faith in the system expecting them to work efficiently, fairly and impartially. But that hasn’t been the case...we continue to find ourselves in the cesspool."

30 January 2018

Myanmar Digital Activists Come Together to Protect People's Rights Online at #DigitalRightsMM

Advox

Myanmar's mobile penetration rate has soared from 2.5 percent to more than 90 percent, bringing a wave of developments and difficulties in the digital rights realm.

The ‘Girls of Revolution Street’ Protest Iran's Compulsory Hijab Laws

"With religion and hijab there should be no force."

29 January 2018

Since 2016, Myanmar Courts Have Convicted 100% of People Charged Under Telecom Law 66 (d)

Advox

"Every court has given a prison sentence and none has given a fine."

25 January 2018

Netizen Report: Can Brazil’s Government Use Google to Manipulate Public Opinion?

Advox

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

24 January 2018

Offering ‘Beer, Meat and Oppression,’ A Carnival Group Wants To Celebrate Brazil's Military Dictatorship

The Public Ministry of São Paulo will investigate the organizers of the event which, according to the prosecutors, insults the rights to truth and memory and promotes apology for the...

23 January 2018

Protests Underscore the Potential Power of Iran's Access to Information Law

Advox

This is an opportune time to fully enforce efforts towards transparency after Iran's December-January protests. The first step must be a full implementation of Iran’s Access to Information law.

22 January 2018

Filipino Bloggers Rally to Defend Rappler News Site

Advox

"We stand against moves to silence and scare journalists, bloggers and media practitioners just because the President and his ardent supporters dislike their news and views."

20 January 2018

The First Mobile Phone Network for Indigenous Communities in Mexico Is Under Threat

AdvoxRising Voices

"This is the only telecommunications service that these communities have, historically they have not been covered...we believe a clear exemption for this type of operator should be in the law."

Leaked Documents Show That Ethiopia’s Ruling Elites Are Hiring Social Media Trolls (And Watching Porn)

Advox

The leaks include a list of individuals who appear to have been paid to promote the ruling coalition on social media.

19 January 2018

Reuters Journalists Covering Rohingya Conflict in Myanmar Detained for ‘Illegally Acquiring Information’

Advox

"If Myanmar is serious about democratic reforms, it must accept the right of journalists to work freely and report on topics that make those in power uncomfortable."

18 January 2018

Netizen Report: Five Months After Houthis Arrested Him, Human Rights Blogger Hisham Al-Omeisy Walks Free

Advox

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

17 January 2018

Philippine Authorities Order Shutdown of Rappler News Site, Bringing a Blow to Press Freedom

Advox

"If this revocation stands, Rappler will effectively be shut down —the first time a news organization will be closed by government since the dictator Marcos declared martial law in 1972."

16 January 2018

How Will Macau's New Cybersecurity Legislation Impact Freedom of Speech?

Advox

The Macau Civil Servants Association (MCSA) called the proposal to monitor online data through binary code “arbitrary, disproportionate and illegal."

Two Leading Figures of the Arts in Iran. Two Very Different Reactions to the Protests.

A notable writer, known for fighting against censorship, condemns the burning of the flag during protests. A notable filmmaker, however, shows support.

15 January 2018

Nigerian Police Arrest a Journalist and His Brother Over a News Article They Didn't Write

Advox

"Police have no business raiding a journalist's home and locking him up just because an officer does not like something written in the press."

13 January 2018

In 2017, Samoa's Parliament Made Libel a Crime. How Will This Affect Bloggers and Social Media?

Advox

"Concerns about anonymous bloggers should not override the right of citizens to speak freely, without fear of being jailed."

12 January 2018

Does Free Speech Mean Free to Preach Hate? An American Fundamentalist Pastor Tests Jamaica’s Limits

"Allowing this American pastor into Jamaica, and giving him platforms at schools to spread his lies would threaten the fundamental rights of Jamaican women, children, and LGBT people."

11 January 2018

Netizen Report: Fearful of ‘Fake News’, Lawmakers in France and Brazil Want to Limit Free Speech Before Elections

Advox

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Yemeni Human Rights Blogger Hisham Al-Omeisy Has Been Missing for 150 Days

Advox

Before his detention Hisham Al-Omeisy was outspoken about the ongoing conflict in Yemen.

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