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· May, 2018

Stories about Freedom of Speech from May, 2018

27 May 2018

Acquittal of Fiji Times sedition case hailed as victory for press freedom in Oceania

Advox

"It has become quite obvious that the government of Fiji has continued to charge people with sedition to suppress freedom of speech and also political dissent."

25 May 2018

Macedonians manage to joke about a serious naming dispute with Greece

Although most citizens of the Republic of Macedonia consider the naming dispute with Greece a serious matter, some have dealt with it through humor and satire.

Russian anti-corruption activists are jailed for ‘inciting riots’ based on their tweets and retweets

RuNet EchoAdvox

"...here goes another 'organizing a rally by retweet.' Looks like this time they’re just locking up everyone."

24 May 2018

Mexico's new copyright law allows censorship of online content, rights advocates warn

Advox

The Mexican chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation warned that the approved changes "criminalize the act of publishing" and "legalize acts of violating the fundamental and constitutional rights..."

Malaysia’s new government urged to implement media reforms

Advox

"These are the principles that have now evolved after much pain and argument in most modern democracies and Malaysia would do well to join them."

23 May 2018

Tunisian journalists say police union attacks are having a chilling effect on press freedom

Advox

Impunity for abuses committed by security forces and police unions "is almost becoming a norm," according to the syndicate of Tunisian journalists.

19 May 2018

Netizen Report: What do Iran, Pakistan and Russia have in common? They all ban Telegram.

Advox

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

18 May 2018

Hungary’s regime is exporting instability and propaganda to the Balkans

An investigation by Macedonia's Nova TV has uncovered strong financial and ownership ties between a number of Macedonian right-wing news outlets and associates of Hungary's ruling party.

Was Bangkok Post editor Umesh Pandey fired for mismanagement or political pressure?

Advox

"I rather lose my position than to bow my head."

In the fight against pro-Kremlin bots, tech companies are suspending regular users

RuNet EchoAdvox

Tech companies' one-size-fits-all approach to bot-hunting seems to have dragged a number of innocent victims in its nets.

16 May 2018

Following pressure by security forces, Beirut Pride 2018 is “suspended for the time being”

"Lebanon has always been known for respecting diversity and claims to be an inclusive country for ALL its citizens, despite their differences."

14 May 2018

Serbia remains silent on cultural heritage devastation by its populist regimes

Serbian art historian Živko Brković has been targeted by threats and suffered burglaries after he demanded accountability from the current Serbian regime in regards to mishandling state-owned artworks.

Riddled with violations, Lebanon's first election in nine years yields underwhelming results for independents

Thousands of election violations recorded and a Ministry late at publishing the results. These were the first Lebanese elections in nine years.

11 May 2018

Netizen Report: Gambia Supreme Court ruling leaves the future of free speech uncertain

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

Burundi's contentious constitutional referendum reflects deeper political problems

Whether a sign of independence or authoritarianism, Burundi's constitutional referendum appears to have further cemented divisions.

10 May 2018

Montenegrins protest the latest armed attack on journalist, demand end to impunity

Advox

After an attack in which journalist Olivera Lakić was shot in the leg, several hundred Montenegrins protested in Podgorica, demanding end to impunity and life without fear.

9 May 2018

As Russia's government effort to ban Telegram falters, digital activists are pranking the censorship agency

RuNet EchoAdvox

Tech-savvy Russians are having fun at the censorship agency's expense while it's attempting to ban their favorite messenger.

Cambodia's last independent news site sold to PR firm that worked for the ruling party

Advox

"Our editor-in-chief was fired because he stood up for independent journalism and refused to take down an article shedding light on our new publisher."

8 May 2018

Uzbekistan releases its “last detained journalists”

Advox

For the first time in last two decades, there is not a single journalist behind bars in Uzbekistan, once one of the world's most despotic countries.

7 May 2018

Moscow activists say telcos disrupted mobile coverage during protests, at order of police

RuNet Echo

Poor or disappearing network coverage during mass protest in Russia is not unprecedented, but now activists are saying the telecom companies are intentionally degrading the service quality on police's orders.

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