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· August, 2019

Stories about Freedom of Speech from August, 2019

29 August 2019

Netizen Report: Critic calls Indonesia’s provincial internet shutdown ‘racist’

Advox

Indonesia's regional internet shutdown continues, YouTube blocks 210 channels over suspected links to China and Tonga threatens to block Facebook.

Months after pledge to open internet, Ethiopia disrupts connectivity amidst communal violence, tension

Advox

Ethiopian authorities have resorted to shutting down entire networks in response to recent ethnic and political tensions. A lack of transparency makes it impossible to challenge.

Contrary to Serbian government's claims, fact-checking initiative shows that journalists are far from being ‘all safe’

Advox

According to Istinomer's research, threats against individual journalists or editorial teams have become rather frequent over the past few months.

28 August 2019

The case for reforming the Sudanese Access to Information Act

Advox

As Sudan launches a three-year transition to civilian rule, the country's freedom of information law should be amended to serve the public's right to know.

26 August 2019

Interview with Erick Huerta, a researcher helping to bring internet access to indigenous communities in Mexico

Rising Voices

A project to build and strengthen the communication and technological autonomy of indigenous peoples and communities.

25 August 2019

Indonesia sends in troops and cuts internet as West Papua protesters denounce racist treatment of students

"Blocking and restricting access to the internet in Papua and West Papua will make it harder for people living outside of the two provinces to verify facts."

‘White terror’ at Cathay Pacific: Flight attendant union head fired for supporting Hong Kong protests on social media

"This is not just about me. This is about the whole industry. This is about Hong Kong. When will this white terror end?"

23 August 2019

Human rights advocates petition the UN and AU over the detention of Nigerian protest leader

Advox

"The unfounded charge of terrorism that was subsequently laid against him was clearly only created to serve the purpose of silencing Sowore."

22 August 2019

Netizen Report: The shutdown in Kashmir continues

Advox

Kashmir's communications blackout continues, Russia goes after 'illegal' protest videos online, and Google re-opens its office in Egypt.

21 August 2019

Remembering the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia

Over a third of young Czechs are unable to make a link between the date of August 21, 1968 and the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia.

20 August 2019

Twitter reveals China's information operations on Hong Kong protests

A network of 200,000 accounts operated in conjunction to undermine the legitimacy of the Hong Kong movement, Twitter said in a statement.

Mozambique pushes for SIM card registration, raising privacy concerns

Advox

The measure would make it easier for the authorities to identify the owners of registered SIM cards.

Tonga threatens to ban Facebook over anti-monarchy posts

Advox

"By trying to impose a ban the government will simply make itself look foolish or ineffective."

19 August 2019

Mainland Chinese netizens face ‘pink terror’ of patriotic trolls amid Hong Kong protests

Advox

Those who do not toe the official party line are identified and subjected to doxxing.

16 August 2019

Vitriolic response to art exhibit tests the limits of freedom of speech in Japan

A controversial art exhibition at an arts festival in Japan has led to government criticism, threats, at least one arrest, protests by artists and questions about freedom of expression.

Indian government asks Twitter to remove accounts ‘spreading rumours’ about Kashmir

Advox

With the communication blackout inside Kashmir, netizens elsewhere resorted to Twitter to speak out against India's revocation of the region's autonomous status.

Indian-administered Kashmir is like an ‘open prison’, says observers

"What is happening in Kashmir is 'normal' in the sense that state-backed violence, deceit and lies, gag on civilian voices, and govt propaganda have always been a 'normal' in Kashmir."

12 August 2019

A Brazilian journalist uses deepfake to make political satire

"They are not made to forge a reality, but a certain situation, with humour and in a critical way."

Withheld in Turkey: How the government exploits removal requests to silence critical and independent voices

Advox

For years, Turkey has been exploiting tools offered by social media platforms to restrict illegal content in a particular jurisdiction, to silence critical voices.

9 August 2019

Nigerian activist arrested for calling for a nationwide #RevolutionNow protest movement

Advox

Omoyele Sowore was detained and charged under Nigeria's 2011 counter-terrorism law. He could face life imprisonment.