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· February, 2018

Stories about Freedom of Speech from February, 2018

28 February 2018

São Paulo City Hall's Official Facebook Page Is Blocking Users Who Criticise the Mayor

Advox

The revelations cast light on the uncharted legal territory of how official digital accounts of public institutions are administrated when they are hosted by private platforms, such as Facebook.

27 February 2018

Censored, But Not Backing Down: Cuban News Site Staff Say They Won't Change Their Editorial Line

Advox

Online news magazine "El Estornudo" has been blocked inside Cuba and its editor writes an open letter that can be read in other media outlets inside the island.

Lynching of Indigenous Man in India's Kerala Exposes Intolerance Towards Minorities

"People who are trying to find romanticised reasons for the murder, it is only because he was an Adivasi, he was killed."

24 February 2018

Saudi Arabia, a United Nations Human Rights Council Member, Continues Rights Crackdown

"The General Assembly is supposed to take into account the contribution of candidate States that seek membership to the HRC in the promotion and protection of human rights."

23 February 2018

Photoshopped Image of Christ Reveals Limits of Spain's Right to Free Expression

Advox

The fine imposed on a young man from Andalucia opened an intense debate about censorship in Spain.

One Country, Two Leaders and Four Censored TV Channels: Kenya's Political Crisis Takes a Toll on Human Rights

Advox

The illusion of an independent Kenyan media that is free from state interference has evaporated.

22 February 2018

Netizen Report: Mexican NGOs Push for Independent Investigation of Malware Attacks

Advox

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

India's Investigation Agency ‘Defines’ Duties of a Journalist After Arresting Kashmiri Photojournalist Kamran Yousuf

Advox

"Indian authorities must stop trying to crush the independent press in the Jammu and Kashmir region. Authorities should immediately release Kamran Yousuf."

Laughing in the Face of an Internet Shutdown In Bangladesh

Advox

"To stop the leaks, better to cancel the exam rather than shutting the internet down. Then you won't have to worry about leaks anymore."

21 February 2018

Censorship in Serbia Hits a New Low After Newspaper ‘Edits’ an Obituary

Advox

A Serbian newspaper censored part of an obituary of a graphic artist, which noted that one of his last works was a book about censorship.

Tunisian Security Forces Target Journalists Covering Anti-Austerity Protests

Advox

The press in Tunisia is "too free," Tunisian president Essebsi said at a joint press conference with French president Macron on 31 January.

20 February 2018

Serbian Journalists Face Harassment for Investigating Spending by Defense Minister (and His ‘Aunt From Canada’)

Advox

In spite of threats, investigative journalists keep demanding accountability from Serbian Minister of Defense Aleksandar Vulin.

At Zanzibar’s Sauti za Busara Festival, Music Professionals Ask: Can One Song Really Change the World?

"This is an issue with the rights of all musicians to speak out. This tells me how powerful music is. If it wasn’t this strong, it wouldn’t be so feared."

17 February 2018

An Artist Duo in Nepal Hopes Their Nude Paintings Will Encourage Men to Embrace Vulnerability

“It’s okay to be you, men too can cry, men too can be sensitive."

16 February 2018

‘They Fear Pens, Not Guns': Turkish Journalists Sentenced to Life in Prison

Advox

With 155 journalists serving jail time because of their work, such sentences are becoming routine for Turkey's embattled independent media community.

15 February 2018

Netizen Report: In Leaked Docs, European Commission Says Tech Companies Should Self-Regulate on Harmful Speech

Advox

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

Remembering Pakistan's Empowering Human Rights Activist Asma Jahangir

"Even in her death, she did not conform to the established code. Resistance, thy name is Asma."

14 February 2018

In Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, Network Shutdowns Leave Civilians Unreachable — And Unable to Call for Help

Advox

Without telecommunication networks, residents of the North Sinai "cannot report injuries and they have limited access to emergency services.”

‘India’s Only Positive Newspaper’ Brings Readers a Dose of Hope

"We felt if negative news and stories can bring about such negative actions, why not publish and present positive stories that can bring about a larger positive impact."

13 February 2018

‘We Want the World to Know': Activists Reporting on Occupation Face Legal Threats in Western Sahara

Advox

Local journalists and media activists reporting on the occupation and Moroccan abuses face legal obstacles and risk lengthy jail sentences in order to make their voices heard.

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