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· December, 2019

Stories about Freedom of Speech from December, 2019

Longest internet disruption in Myanmar’s Rakhine state sets dangerous precedent

"There has been no evidence that the disproportionate decision has had any positive effect on reducing the conflict, which remains pervasive."

Rash of abductions and arrests signals ‘dramatic slide’ in human rights in Tanzania

In recent years, an uptick in abductions, arrests, detentions and trumped-up charges of economic crimes for activists and journalists have amounted to a disturbing trend toward silencing dissent in Tanzania.

Protests, internet shutdowns and biryani: 2019 in South Asia

Overall, our coverage in the past 12 months highlighted stories of protests and internet shutdowns from across the region.

Abduction of human rights activist echos chilling trend in Tanzania

Human rights activist Tito Magoti's abduction echoes a chilling trend toward the disappearances of journalists, human rights defenders and opposition leaders in Tanzania since 2015 when Magufuli first took office.

Serbian fact-checking service Istinomer files criminal complaint after serious hacker attack

Istinomer has demanded an investigation that would disclose the identities of both those who ordered the attack and funded the technology that underpinned it.

2019: A year of flipping scripts and changing narratives in Africa

2019, a year of changing narratives in Africa: Revolutions. Internet shutdowns. Tree-planting. Migration. Feminist songs. Media crackdowns. Cyclones and climate change. Opposition rising. Cultural icons dying. Illness, cures, and healing.

New network of journalists vows to promote press freedom and independent media in Cambodia

"Our free press is insufficiently protected and is under constant threat."

Indian police accused of brutality after violently dispersing student-led anti-CAA protest in Delhi

Protests and marches are set to continue across India condemning the police brutality against the students of Jamia Millia Islamia University as-well-as demanding the scrapping of the Citizenship Amendment Act.

Internet blocked as protests intensify in northeast India against the Citizenship Amendment Act

"India leads the world in internet blackouts. We all know what fascist governments do in the dark. Don’t be a bystander; speak now & speak loudly."

Interview with Bektour Iskender, co-founder of Kyrgyz outlet under attack for corruption investigation

The story's whistleblower was shot dead in Istambul in November, and Kloop.kg battles a defamation lawsuit.

Taxing dissent: Uganda’s social media dilemma

Uganda’s social media tax essentially amounted to an internet shutdown, driving thousands offline and silencing dissent for others.

‘Burning books and burying scholars': Book burning causes uproar on Chinese social media

"How come young people just talked about the environmental impact of burning books? Are they not aware of the historical symbolism of “book burning and scholar burying”?"

India's citizenship bill fuels anti-Muslim prejudice fears

As India's ruling BJP pushes for the 'anti-Muslim' citizenship amendment bill, critics say that it violates India's secular constitution and threatens the very essence of India's plurality.

Ahead of 2020 elections in Ghana, citizens fight against extreme surge in data costs

The increased Communication Service Tax to 9% will create a huge barrier to affordability, increase existing digital inequalities and will be disproportionately felt in rural areas and among women.

Will Algeria disrupt internet access as election day nears?

With protesters taking to social media to spread information about what is happening on the ground, the Algerian authorities repeatedly resorted to disrupting access to networks and social media platforms.

#StandWithYuli: Solidarity for deported Indonesian domestic worker Yuli Riswati who covered Hong Kong protests

"We condemn this action which may be intended to intimidate non-permanent residents and deter them from involvement in or documenting and commenting on political events in Hong Kong."

Chinese netizens slam Huawei’s legal bullying of former employee with a series of codes

Li Hongyuan, a former Huawei employee, was arrested by the Shenzhen police after Huawei accused him of extortion. He was detained for 251 days.

Join Global Voices’ #WritingTowardFreedom Twitter chat on December 11, 2019

How has ethnic hate speech, mis- and disinformation and internet shutdowns become insidious threats to online freedom of expression in Africa? Join us for this discussion in a Twitter chat.

Fact-checking service blames Croatian government for using EU money to fund online portal that spreads disinformation

A web portal infamous for proliferating falsehoods and nationalist hate has received funds slated for support of Small and Medium Enterprises from the European fund for Regional Development.

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