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· January, 2018

Stories about Freedom of Speech from 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."

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

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."

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

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

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

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

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...

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

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.

Filipino Bloggers Rally to Defend Rappler News Site

"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."

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

"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)

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

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

"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."

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

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

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

"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."

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

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.

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

"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."

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

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

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."

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

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

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

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