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· October, 2020

Stories about Freedom of Speech from October, 2020

For journalists in Kenya, ‘2020 is the worst year on record’

Since the novel coronavirus outbreak in Kenya in March, more than 47 cases of arbitrary arrest, assault and harassment have been perpetrated against bloggers, online activists and human rights defenders.

Thailand's democracy protests reflect rising dissatisfaction over the monarchy

Criticizing the monarchy is a crime in Thailand yet protesters, especially young activists, continue to organize rallies calling for monarchy reforms.

Myanmar's election commission censors speeches of political parties in run-up to election

"This censorship seems like something the dictatorship did. They shouldn’t mess with the party’s tone. Shouldn’t there be freedom of expression?"

Undaunted by the October 16 crackdown, protestors once again take to Bangkok’s streets

"There is no more staying neutral, either you side with democracy or side with dictatorship that uses power unfairly."

New book tells stories of suffering and resistance from Iran’s female prisons

In "White Torture," Narges Mohammadi interviews 12 female political prisoners—and shares her own experiences in an Iranian jail, where she spent eight and a half years.

‘Lazy’ Nigerian youth mobilize #EndSARS protest from social media to the streets

Described as ‘lazy’ by Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, with a significant number unemployed, stereotyped as ‘unserious’, these digitally savvy youth have proved critics wrong. 

Hong Kong civil servants forced to choose between freedom of expression and their jobs

Following the enactment of the national security law, Hong Kong authorities included a "loyalty clause" in civil servants' employment contracts.

Vietnamese activist and journalist Pham Doan Trang arrested for ‘anti-state propaganda’

"I don’t need freedom just for myself, that would be too easy. I want something much greater: freedom and democracy for all of Vietnam."

How I learned not to hate

War has returned to Nagorno-Karabakh. As Armenians and Azerbaijanis, we must confront our anger and our trauma without resorting to hate.

Rights groups in Tunisia mobilize against police protection bill

Article 7 of the bill grants security forces immunity from prosecution for the use of excessive and lethal force against citizens in situations “they deem dangerous.”

Thai ‘Bad Students’ protest against abuse in schools, call for Education Minister to resign

The protest highlighted the abuses inflicted on students in several Bangkok schools

Facebook denies accusations of fuelling hate speech and pro-BJP bias in India

On September 16, Facebook India’s chief issued a statement denying accusations that the social media giant is making profits by giving a platform to hate speech in India.

Trinh Ba Phuong: A video portrait of a Vietnamese land rights activist

"I’m essentially a farmer. I really don’t think of myself as an activist, because I don’t think I have enough ability or knowledge yet."

Policing the digital frontiers: Is India weaponizing technology to silence civil society?

In the world's largest democracy, the targeting of human rights defenders through spyware poses a threat to fundamental rights and freedoms, including freedom of expression and privacy.

News website faces police probe in Singapore for boosting Facebook posts during elections

"We condemn the abuse of the law to harass independent media and critics. We denounce the lack of independence of the Singapore Elections Department."

In Sudan, women and minorities targeted by online harassment lack legal protections

Sudan currently does very little to protect women and other minority groups and communities from harassment, putting their ability to exercise their fundamental rights online at risk.

Fearing the national security law, Hongkongers say farewell to their home city

"In Hong Kong, it is a crime to be young. My daughter, after a few years, would be in high school. I don’t want to see her getting arrested."

Digital rights in Africa is still far from the internet freedom we desire

Despite the prevailing circumstance, but hopeful about the future, eight Global Voices contributors from six African countries discuss Internet freedom and how digital rights can be promoted in the continent.

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