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· July, 2019

Stories about Freedom of Speech from July, 2019

30 July 2019

Disappointment with the West is crucial for growth of pro-Russian narratives in the Balkans, says researcher

"Although all countries in the region have been targets of pro-Russia disinformation efforts recently, there has been no recognition of this trend as a security issue at the political level"

29 July 2019

Threatened with demolition, Albania's National Theatre continues to resist despite a police raid

In Tirana, an ongoing protest against the planned demolition of the National Theatre reveals deep social and political divisions that polarize the Albanian society.

Lack of diverse media ownership leads to censorship in Pakistan says new report

In Pakistan, a small number of companies dominate the country's media landscape in terms of both ownership and audience share.

28 July 2019

Thai folk singer and activist Tom Dundee released after five years in prison for insulting monarchy

"Democracy must be created from the people, mustn’t it? Democracy cannot come from only one person."

19 July 2019

Netizen Report: In Nigeria and Russia, laws against online ‘insult’ put internet activists on thin ice

Advox

Activists in Nigeria and Russia face charges for "online insult", a Twitter campaign targets "anti-Pakistan" journalists abnd Mauritania’s internet is back on, for now.

17 July 2019

How Nigeria uses the law to repress free speech: The case of journalist Jones Abiri

Advox

Draconian legislation often used to arbitrarily detain journalists and dissenting voices exemplifies the precarious state of press freedom and free speech in Nigeria.

Cambodian activists arrested for commemorating the anniversary of political analyst Kem Ley's death

"The accusation that a peaceful gathering merits a prison sentence is a serious and systematic threat to the little remaining space left for freedom of expression in the country."

16 July 2019

Kremlin's new law against ‘online disrespect’ proves hard to implement

RuNet EchoAdvox

The law allows courts to fine or jail people found guilty of making “insulting statements” towards the authorities online.

15 July 2019

The fight against disinformation in Bulgaria is almost nonexistent, says journalist Ivan Georgiev

"Bulgaria is a border state between the West and the East and it is seen as a weak spot on the European map by the Russian propaganda."

Chinese-Australian writer Yang Hengjun still detained by Beijing after six months

Advox

There have been concerns that he has not received adequate support from the Australian government.

11 July 2019

Nigerian students face cybercrime charges for criticising their university online

Advox

A former staff member described Madonna University as a ''death trap''.

9 July 2019

China’s censored histories: The struggle to carry memories of the Tiananmen Massacre into the future

Advox

Chinese internet users circumvent censorship on 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre with artworks, music and memes.

8 July 2019

Post-election crackdown in Mauritania: Internet shutdown lifted, journalist remains in detention

Advox

Despite ending a 10-day internet shutdown, the government continues to restrict press freedom and freedom of expression as part of its post-election crackdown.

5 July 2019

Netizen Report: Preventing bias or protecting extremism? Debunking the new US Senate proposal for Silicon Valley

Advox

Cuba bans citizens from using foreign web hosts, Iran's internet falters and The Guardian shows that even tourists are subject to targeted surveillance in western China.

Is Cuba trying to outlaw independent media? A new decree will prohibit foreign web hosting

Advox

“The law leaves independent media without ‘legal’ hosting options,” said local journalist and Global Voices author Elaine Diaz.

French expat forced to apologize for making a music video which mocks the Thai junta

"…criticizing a government and a regime does not equate to hating a country. I love Thailand, I just don't love dictators and military coups."

4 July 2019

Interview with former Pakistani president taken off air, journalists and activists decry censorship

Advox

A recorded interview of former president Asif Ali Zardari was taken off air shortly after its broadcast began on Geo News television in another incident of censorship in the country.

1 July 2019

New documentary series highlights the struggles of women activists in Vietnam

“In a dictatorship, no one has freedom, but especially for women, their lack of freedom is multiplied many times compared to men. ”

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