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· October, 2019

Stories about Freedom of Speech from October, 2019

15 October 2019

Rwanda deports American evangelical pastor accused of hate speech and visa violations

Many Rwandans lauded the US evangelical preacher's deportation, decrying hate speech in Rwanda. But supporters see it as an attack on faith-based organizations by the Kagame administration. 

Internet censorship in Sudan: Rethinking laws and tactics that served an authoritarian regime

Advox

Sudan's transitional authorities have taken small steps toward improving the climate for internet freedom in the country— but these remain inadequate.

14 October 2019

Was the Nobel Peace Prize for Ethiopia’s prime minister premature?

The Bridge

Abiy Ahmed Ali has undertaken unprecedented reforms since he took office last year. But will he end up like other African leaders who started well, but went rogue over time?

Zimbabwe government continues to weaponize information online to control citizen engagement

Advox

As a former state security minister, president Mnangagwa appreciated the importance and value of disinformation in Zimbabwe’s political terrain. 

12 October 2019

Arts festival caught in the crosshairs of Azerbaijan's ‘national mentality’

One mural depicting the body of a transgender person drew so much attention that it was painted over once the festival ended — in a not so artistically-friendly way.

Algerian government cracks down as demonstrators protest presidential elections

The Algerian government has tried to stop peaceful marches, but failed. Protesters stop at nothing to reach their stated goal of ending the post-independence political system.

11 October 2019

Google removes Hong Kong protester role-playing game from its Play Store

Advox

The mobile game, entitled "The Revolution of Our Times", provides details on the political context leading up to the protests with a map on key protest sites in Hong Kong.

Nigerian journalist Omoyele Sowore remains in jail on trumped-up charges of treason and insulting the president

Advox

Rights groups see Omoyele Sowore's continued detention and the charges filed against him as merely a criminalisation of political dissent in Nigeria. 

10 October 2019

Bangladesh regulator blocks engineering university webpage containing reports of student abuse

Advox

The Telecommunication Regulatory Commission blocked an online page where over 175 complaints were anonymously made by current and former students of the top engineering university of the country.

The Hungarian journalists who wouldn't keep quiet

Interview with Csaba Lukács, journalist and managing director of the independent weekly Magyar Hang, on the trials and tribulations of running a critical, conservative newspaper in Viktor Orbán's Hungary.

Thai Twitter users face threats over comments on royal motorcade

Advox

The hashtag #royalmotorcade trended in Thailand after netizens reported traffic problems caused by a royal motorcade.

9 October 2019

The oligarchs are the main disinformation proxies in Bulgaria, says local expert

"Patterns of ownership, economic dependency and (in)formal political links of media outlets in the countries under investigation to pro-Russian groups are reflected into corresponding trends of employing Russia-originating propaganda narratives."

US gaming company Blizzard bans Hong Kong e-sport player from tournament for shouting pro-democracy slogan

The e-sport player will be removed from the tournament without receiving any prize money and banned from Hearthstone contests until 2020. Chinese tech giant Tencent owns about 5% of Blizzard’s...

Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa: Global Voices represents at Addis Ababa digital rights conference

GV Community Blog

The forum represented a huge step forward for digital rights in Ethiopia, where, just five years ago, press freedom and digital rights were at an all-time low.

8 October 2019

South Park creators mock the NBA with a sarcastic apology to China

One single tweet about Hong Kong demonstrations is able to set a war of words between China and the US and to end NBA's business prospects in mainland China.

5 October 2019

Video: Two months of lockdown in Kashmir

It has been 60 days since public transportation was suspended, mobile services blocked, schools and colleges shut in Kashmir. Community correspondent for Video Volunteers Basharat Amin reports from Shopian.

4 October 2019

Netizen Report: Human rights groups demand justice for Jamal Khashoggi, one year after his murder

Advox

The journalist's killing sparked widespread condemnation of the Saudi government and brought increased international scrutiny to the treatment of journalists and rights activists by the regime.

As Sudan transitions to democracy, urgent reforms must tackle disinformation

Advox

To help counter mis-and disinformation, Sudan's transitional government needs to provide better conditions to support press freedom, freedom of expression and access to information.

1 October 2019

While El Salvador's security improves, the country loses ground in press freedom

Advox

While there are fewer murders in El Salvador, the government appears to show censorship tendencies towards the media and critical voices.