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· May, 2021

Stories about Freedom of Speech from May, 2021

Belarus grounds Ryanair flight, detains independent journalist amid regime's crackdown on media

Pratasevich was formerly an administrator of NEXTA-Live, the Telegram channel covering the anti-government protests in Belarus. He is currently editor-in-chief of Belarus Golovnogo Mozga, another independent media outlet.

Environmental activists convicted in Cambodia for planning ‘one-woman walk’

"These young people were arrested for trying to protect Phnom Penh’s largest lake and preserve it for current and future generations."

Hong Kong's public broadcaster is on its way to become a government mouthpiece

Shows are being censored, journalists are being fired, and even social media posts are being deleted.

Several NGOs denounce censorship of Palestinian voices by tech companies

The NGOs' statement labelled as "improbable mistakes" the fact that Facebook reported two "technical issues" within 48 hours which they said targeted Palestinian users and "compromised Jerusalemites’ right to freedom of...

Using Clubhouse to counter Beijing-imposed amnesia: An interview with Ai Weiwei

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei continues to fight political censorship in China by using art, sound and social media to maintain the memory of the school victims of the 2008 Sichuan...

Burundi is releasing thousands from jail, but many political prisoners remain behind bars

The authorities seek to relieve pressure on the country's overcrowded jails as well as improve diplomatic relations, notably with Europe, which has imposed sanctions on Burundi following its controversial 2015 elections.

Human rights groups propose #7FirstSteps to mend Egypt's ‘dismal’ record

#7FirstSteps is the minimum needed "to gauge meaningful improvement in the dismal human rights situation, and include immediate measures that can be implemented tomorrow morning if a political decision is made."

Two Malaysian artists face police probe for online commentary and artwork

"The persecution of artists such as Zunar and Fahmi stifles creative expression, chills public discourse, and undermines trust in Malaysian authorities."

Women leaders discuss campaign for digital rights in Thailand

'...the government must learn to use technology as a tool to create more positive connections with the people on the ground, not using technology to oppress people.'

Russian feminist activist Yulia Tsvetkova announces hunger strike

Demanding a swift trial, Tsvetkova wrote: "Let’s stop waiting for people being persecuted to be heroes. We don’t need heroes. We need to prevent the persecution of the innocent."

In Turkey, satirical TikTok video leads to arrest and travel ban

The video, titled "Areas where the Turkish passport is used," was intended to be comedic, Instead, it got its young creators in trouble with the authorities.

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