Stories about Freedom of Speech from August, 2018
In July 2018, Chinese state internet regulators received 6.7 million reports of illegal and false information.
Netizen Report: It’s not just Myanmar — ethnic hate speech runs rampant on social media in Cameroon, India
The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.
Russia's largest social network VKontakte is in hot water again for playing fast and loose with their users' privacy — this time allegedly violating the GDPR regulations.
In Mozambique, new licensing fees have raised the cost of doing journalism — and may threaten media freedom
The fees were described by Mozambican online newspaper @Verdade as "astronomical".
One user challenged Vkontakte: "How many times have you challenged the security services in court over their demands to hand over user information? You have that right."
"If people see my work and start noticing that things aren’t fair, I’ve achieved my aim."
"Your censorship is in the closure of concerts...It was always there, you only legalized it. Then you accuse us of politicizing art...Stop already with the repression...."
"The ethnic violence in Myanmar is horrific and we have been too slow to prevent misinformation and hate on Facebook."
The government has blamed social media users and activists for trying to create unrest by sharing provocative posts and content on Facebook.
Bangladeshi students go quiet as police pursue online accounts, Brazil gets a new data protection law and Facebook is still floundering in Myanmar.
Free Brazil Movement is accusing the platform of censoring right-wing groups.
“You cannot bring us up with a mentality of freedom and then try to oppress us.”
The Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents' Club is under fire for organizing a talk by independence activist Andy Chan.
Repressive laws and cumbersome bureaucracy are putting hundreds of Russians behind bars for sharing memes online.
Venezuela goes after journalists' cameras after drone attack, Iran re-routes Telegram (to government servers) and Google tries to go back to China.
"We hope to see a genuine departure from the old oppression, and a transition into a Malaysia where all ideas can be discussed peacefully and our constitutional rights exercised maturely."
While Marques had been brought to court on previous occasions, this was the first time he was formally acquited.
In a new move aimed at tightening the state-imposed ban on the Telegram messaging app, the Telecommunications Company of Iran (TCI) temporarily rerouted Telegram app traffic in violation of domestic law in July 2018.
"...there were people with machetes in their hands chasing unarmed students. And the police are standing by watching it happen."
"Clearly 1951 rolls on down the corridors of Cricket Australia, a halcyon place where a woman’s place is out the door. It’s not Cricket. It’s institutional misogyny."