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· March, 2018

Stories about Freedom of Speech from March, 2018

Netizen Report: Ethiopia Arrests Leading Journalists and Activists in ‘State of Emergency’

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

Tunisian MPs Propose Legislation Criminalising ‘Cyber Defamation’

"This bill is the result of a repressive mindset restrictive of freedoms, reflecting a nostalgia for the dictatorship era".

DRC's Joseph Kabila Isolated as Delays to Organise the 2018 Elections Continue

This three-day protest was an opportunity for the opposition to show their support for the organisation of "credible and transparent" elections.

A Muslim Scholar Seeks to Link Israel and Indonesia Through the Hebrew Language

"I told my family that what I'm doing might have uncertain consequences, but it's something that needs to be done."

False Reports Spread Online After the Murder of Brazilian Activist and Politician Marielle Franco

Fake rumors about the personal life and activism of murdered Rio de Janeiro city councillor Marielle Franco were shared by several right-wing groups and personalities.

Netizen Report: Network Shutdowns Threaten Communities in Syria, Venezuela, Pakistan

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

#SayNOto66d: Documenting the Surge of Online Defamation Cases in Myanmar

The #SayNOto66d website documents online defamation cases in Myanmar while providing information tools to support the campaign to repeal the law.

Anti-Islam TV Spot in the Netherlands Has Dutch Calling for More Love, Less Hate

"Everyday we need to tell each other that their hatred will be defeated by the intrinsic need for peace; to live together; not to hate each other; but to love."

When Indigenous Girls are Raped and Assaulted in Bangladesh, a Queen Rises Up in Solidarity

From 2013 to 2017, violence was committed against 364 indigenous women and girls. In January 2018, 10 women and girls were raped and three of them were killed after rape.

Iranian Detainees Face Privacy Violations, Public Smear Campaigns

Two cases in Iran highlight new signs of violations of due process and in how personal electronic devices are seized and the right to privacy is violated.

Netizen Report: Internet Censorship Bill Looms Large Over Egypt

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

Is Censorship Coming Back to Tunisia? Court Order Bans ‘Blue Whale’ Online Game

The implications of this decision, if upheld on appeal, would set a new precedent for internet censorship in Tunisia.

Can Germany's ‘Lex Facebook’ Be Saved? A Business and Human Rights Analysis

Germany's NetzDG forces companies to police hate speech or face astronomical fines for persistent violations of up to 50 million Euro. Is this a good way to solve the problem?

Why Isn't Mexico's Government Surveillance Investigation Moving Forward?

"Most likely, the politicians who used this software are slowing down the investigation [In Mexico] it is still better to pray to the Virgin Mary for justice than it is...

Prominent Chinese Feminist Social Media Account Shuttered on International Women’s Day

"...[T]he Chinese government does not understand feminism, does not understand what feminists are doing, and does not understand what they are advocating."

Aurat March (Woman March) Marks Resistance Against Misogyny in Pakistan

"There is a lot of anger that is finally releasing and this march was a way to direct that anger somewhere for something powerful and beautiful."

Netizen Report: Sri Lanka Blocks Social Media Amid Sectarian Violence

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

Women March in Indonesia for Equality and Justice Amid Legislative Attacks on Rights and Freedoms

Marchers used the hashtag #LawanBersama (#FightTogether) to call for the protection of women's rights.

Slovak Bloggers and European Leaders Demand Justice for Slain Journalist Ján Kuciak

"Supranational law enforcement tools must be established urgently to punish the killers. Strong words won't deliver justice."

Murder of Investigative Journalist Ján Kuciak Shakes Slovak Society

"Judging by the past affairs in Slovakia, as well as experience with similar events in the world, it is very unlikely that we have will see justice. However, in order...

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