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· June, 2021

Stories about Freedom of Speech from June, 2021

More internet security for many, not for Central Asians

"Apple has clearly been forced to comply with legal regulations in Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan."

Laos social media task force: Will it target ‘fake news’ or censor online criticism?

"The reinforcement of social media platforms’ registration and severe control of online information are another reflection of the digital dictatorship in Laos."

Pressure on journalists, bloggers mounts ahead of Uzbekistan's presidential elections

A foreign journalist loses accreditation, a pro-LBGT blogger is beaten and another blogger gets a heavy sentence on dubious charges.

Late-night raid at Turkey's Boğaziçi University as students continue resisting interference in campus affairs

Six months later, university students, alumni, and faculty members are still agitating against the government-appointed rector Melih Bulu and his policies, which they claim are eroding the campus' democratic culture.

Barbados’ prime minister chastises musicians for violent lyrics; artists defend freedom of expression

Prime Minister Mia Mottley dismissed the “artistic license” defence by noting that some people in Barbadian society lack the maturity required to not interpret the musical message literally.

Myanmar’s long history of revolutionary poets

In Myanmar's history, poets have shown solidarity with the ordinary people and have been at the frontline in every revolution.

Pop-rock music and changing attitudes to the personality cult of Josip Broz Tito

" ... the generations of children born in Yugoslavia in the 1970s reacted to the break-up of the value system that put Tito on a pedestal with a growing dose...

How the lack of Brazilian correspondents in China affects perceptions of both countries

Journalists Marcelo Ninio and Talita Fernandes discuss Brazilian perspectives on China.

Myanmar navy deserters speak out against military regime

"The soldiers we saw when we were young were loved by the people. But what they are doing now is just opposite of what I believe and ... want to...

Remembering Tiananmen in Hong Kong: An increasingly risky act of resistance

Despite all the legal threats, Hongkongers are finding their own ways to commemorate June 4.

New report highlights ongoing pressure on Ukrainian activists and rights defenders

In the first quarter of 2021, physical attacks, destruction or damage to activists’ property, and attempted intimidation of human rights defenders were the most common, in addition to digital threats.

Twitter vs India: The battle of BJP and Congress over a ‘fake toolkit’ on COVID-19

Twitter expressed concern about the “use of intimidation tactics by the police” and “the potential threat to freedom of expression” for the Indian users.

Omanis stage rare protests demanding jobs and end to corruption

In the largest rallies since 2011, protests broke out across Oman for several days, leading to speedy employment policy by Sultan Haitham, who faces his first bout of dissent.

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