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· August, 2021

Stories about Freedom of Speech from August, 2021

Digital Campaign in Bangladesh gains momentum as women speak up against misogyny

A feminist grassroots network in Bangladesh has started an innovative campaign on Facebook to protest the media trial, moral policing and sexist language in covering women celebrities.

#KeepItOn: How the Twitter ban is affecting young Nigerians 

Twitter is a connected public square for many young Nigerians. The ban is taking a toll on their businesses, advocacy, and social life. 

Employees of Hungarian-owned TV in North Macedonia conduct partial strike over unpaid salaries

Since 2018, money funneled through Hungarian companies have bolstered media peddling populist propaganda in Slovenia and North Macedonia.

Little chance of justice for Colombia's murdered journalists

Only one out of 161 murders of journalists resulted in a conviction of all perpetrators.

Facebook user gets 18-month prison sentence for mocking Cambodia’s prime minister

"This verdict is a message that makes those who have constructive ideas or criticisms in relation to social issues be fearful and hesitant and will limit their freedom of expression."

Russian court issues bigger fines to social media companies for breaching data localization rules

The data localization law, adopted in 2015, requires all internet companies processing Russian users' data to store such data on servers physically located inside Russia.

The evil of banal censorship

Images of peaceful protesters do not fit the narrative that continues to portray the protesters as violent, irrational and emotional.

Blogger gets prison sentence for branding Kazakhstan's language policies “russophobic”

According to Taichimbekov, the Kazakh state has been "sourcing Russian individuals who speak out in favor of banning Russian television, banning Russian language, excluding it from the Constitution."

More independent media added to Russia's “foreign agent” roster

"As for the list of foreign agents, by now it has so many decent people and publications on it that not to be on this list is simply indecent."

LIVE on August 25 (in Spanish): How COVID-19 fueled the protests in Cuba, Guatemala and Colombia

From Cuba to Colombia to Guatemala—countries with very different political contexts—people have taken to streets in recent times to demand change. What do these countries have in common?

With attacks on Ukrainian activists on the rise, civic pressure is key to ensuring justice

Harassment and attacks against civic activists in Ukraine are on the rise, say human rights defenders. Anti-corruption work, environmentalism, and LGBT rights remain the most dangerous spheres of activism.

Russian authorities declare independent election monitor Golos a “foreign agent”

Golos has vowed to continue training Russian citizens as observers and commissioners at polling stations, and said it believes independent citizen observation is key to ensuring a transparent election.

No one to trust? Misinformation about COVID-19 and elections increase in Latin America and the Caribbean

A shortage of credible information about critical issues, including the fight against COVID-19, sits in contrast to the abundance of disinformation and misinformation that has submerged the region.

Journalists call for the release of Cheng Lei who has spent a year in detention in China

"We are concerned about the chilling affect her arrest has on the practice of journalism, which has never been more critical."

Belarus court labels independent media outlets Tut.by, Zerkalo.io as ‘extremist’

The ruling applies to every single piece of content on the Tut.by and Zerkalo.io websites, as well as to all content posted on their social media channels.

After writing about police killings, editor of The Intercept Brazil is made target of investigation

The journalist sent out a newsletter with a text that focused was on the police's actions, which resulted in at least 41 homicides in the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro.

Thailand protests against pandemic mismanagement met with police violence

Protesters have three demands: The resignation of the prime minister, the reallocation of the budget for the monarchy and military to COVID-19 assistance, and replacement of Sinovac with mRNA vaccines.

Graffiti in Almaty between scandals, competition, and trolling

Graffiti in Almaty have become a contested space between state authorities, commercial companies, and independent artists. As the competition continues, Kazakhstan's largest city is enjoying a renaissance in street art.

‘I demand 100 percent freedom’ — Hong Kong political artist leaves for Taiwan citing crackdown

Wong sought to push the boundaries of art as a means of political dissent on the streets and was a regular attendee at the annual July 1 pro-democracy rallies.

Missing Belarusian activist found dead in Ukraine

Shyshou, who left Belarus in the autumn of 2020 fearing state persecution, founded the Belarusian House in Ukraine, an organisation supporting Belarusian citizens fleeing regime persecution.

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