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· April, 2021

Stories about Freedom of Speech from April, 2021

Herself a victim of cyberbullying, Lindsey Kukunda fights online violence against women in Uganda

Uganda media “promotes violence against women …. stories of ‘revenge porn’ are not written in support of the victim but as entertainment and blame.”

In Latin America, mental health can only be achieved through collective memory

"Our individual and collective history is not a static point in time and space, but a dynamic process that can be redefined and interpreted in another way."

Jamaica's spate of femicides raises perennial questions about the influence of dancehall music

The uptick in female murders has the prime minister chastising the perceived influence of dancehall music, and fanning the flames of an issue on which Jamaicans remain quite divided.

Slander campaign threatens Serbian civil society and independent media

Accusations of complicity in a coup d’état and assassination of the president, as well as death threats have been voiced against prominent civil society organizations, drawing European Parliament's condemnation.

Kenyan activists intimidated as irked citizens stage online protest against IMF loans

Using hashtags #StopLoaningKenya and #StopGivingKenyaLoans, Kenyans expressed frustration at the IMF for approving additional debt intended to fund a response to COVID-19. State intimidates social media users to quit dissent.

Algerians’ speech freedoms strained by media laws passed under COVID-19 pretext

As Hirak protests continue to protest unmet public demands, Algerian government uses the pandemic to restrain independent media platforms and people's digital rights through suppressive laws.

Turkish university students ‘can't breathe’ under police brutality

Police violence used against students at Boğaziçi University since the first day reminded many of US’ George Floyd death, causing his last words, ‘I can’t breath’, to trend.

For stateless and scattered Tibetans, a new online tool helps voters make an informed choice

The reliable online platform, created by a group of Swiss Tibetans, allows candidates and voters to communicate effectively, and although it overcame some challenges, others are work in progress.

Thierry Henry quits social media and calls for platforms to act against racist online attacks

Popular public figures are quitting social media as an increase in virtual racial attacks against football players prompts fresh calls for social media platforms to do more.

Israeli phone hacking firm stops sales to Belarus and Russia

Cellebrite, an Israeli software company known for making tools used to extract data from smartphones, has announced it will halt sales to Russian and Belarus state bodies and law enforcement.

‘Aurat March’ organizers face intimidation and threats of prosecution in Pakistan

The organizers of this year's Aurat March (Women's March) in Pakistan faced disinformation campaigns, threats from Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and were even accused of blasphemy.

Artists ‘raise three fingers’ in support of Myanmar protesters

"When we see somebody, and we raise three fingers, we know the movement is still alive. There is still hope."

Belarus banned from 2021 Eurovision contest for controversial song lyrics

The European Broadcasting Union found Belarus to be "in breach of the rules of the competition that ensure the Contest is not instrumentalized or brought into disrepute."

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