Stories about Freedom of Speech from December, 2018
From blocked websites to revoked media licenses to account shutdowns, censorship comes in many forms. Here are a few we saw in 2018.
Indonesian military suspected of using chemical weapons against West Papuan separatists, reports Australian newspaper
"Villagers are traumatised and very scared. They have fled into the jungle. Christmas should be a time of peace but not a time of fear."
Among the difficulties faced by voters are a ban on all unauthorized motorized public and private transportation and a complete shutdown of mobile Internet service.
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On December 30, Bangladesh will hold its 11th parliamentary election to determine the 299 elected members of Jatiya Sangsad who will lead the country for the next five years.
Bangladesh is blocking websites, Sudanese telcos are blocking WhatsApp and Slack is kicking Iranians off the platform, even when they're not in Iran.
In Cardinal George Pell's sexual abuse trial, Australian court fails to suppress the ‘nation's worst kept secret’
"The alleged suppression order on #georgepell is allowing fake news and hearsay and speculation take the place of reputable news sources."
The meeting appears to signal a pivot from his predecessor José Eduardo dos Santos, whose administration was notorious for the ill-treatment of activists, journalists, and international NGOs.
Internet users remain divided over whether or not Google's supposed return to China is a good thing -- or not.
Alaa has been jailed or investigated under every Egyptian head of state who has served during his lifetime.
Protests are estimated to have doubled in size after Serbian president vows "never" to meet demonstrators' demands.
TIME ignored the murder of three journalists while including a staged one. Why couldn’t both be included?
Local media misinformed the public about the scale and scope of the protest, sparking a cascade of online criticism.
The number of Twitter users who have been directly threatened by authorities is estimated to be in the hundreds or even more.
"How can a prime minister be offended by someone sharing a Facebook post?"
Lebanon's Cybercrimes Bureau also asked him to sign a pledge to not speak about the case again, but he refused.
New internet laws in Russia — and US tech giants’ acquiescence — spell trouble for dissenting voices
These new laws and rules, along with other laws regulating the collection of online user data, makes it difficult to use online platforms to voice discontent in Russia.
Jamal Khashoggi's murder forces light on other abuses in Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh blocks Skype and China goes after Twitter users.
In a TV interview, a former Macedonian government official revealed that the former party created and is still actively running online "troll farms".