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Stories about Freedom of Speech

22 November 2019

In Ethiopia’s disinformation epidemic, the crumbling ruling coalition is the elephant in the room

Advox

As acts of communal violence that took place in Oromia in October subsided, a new battle began online over interpretations of the violence — and who was to blame.

Bosnian journalists demand justice in case of journalist threatened and assaulted by hooligans

The journalists from Bosnia and Herzegovina are hoping that the judiciary in their country will finally start to systematically address the issue  of journalists' safety.

20 November 2019

Disinformation and hate speech hide behind freedom of speech, says Slovenian journalist

"If you say 'I would put migrants up against the wall and shoot them,' a court will not prosecute you."

Iran protests: Flying bullets and internet shutdown

The current protests are more widespread, more diverse in terms of class, and characterized by a brutal government response that includes a near-total shutdown of the internet.

19 November 2019

130 civil society groups call on Myanmar military to drop charges against civilians

"The military are the government’s staff. If they are doing wrong, citizens have a right to point it out. Citizens have a right to speak out,”

18 November 2019

Some foreign correspondents were denied entry to Putin’s press conference in Budapest

Like Hungarian journalists critical of the government, foreign journalists working in the country are now facing an information blockade.

15 November 2019

The November 12 clashes at the Chinese University of Hong Kong: An eyewitness view

The Bridge

"Some of my students were tweeting things like “where is the university president, where is the management, where are the teachers?!”. . . I decided, Fuck it—I’m going to campus."

Malaysian writer faces probe after publishing a book about her decision to not wear a hijab

"It is important for us to remind the government that freedom of expression is not a crime and freedom of religious beliefs is not an insult to Islam."

Your guide to the 2019 Sri Lankan presidential election

On 16 November 2019, Sri Lankans are going to the polls to elect a new president. Learn more about the major players and check out our list of useful resources.

13 November 2019

No major problems with fake news in Croatia, says news anchor

"We in Croatia have no major problems with false news, at least not in the mainstream media, but there is a certain distortion of facts on the margins of the...

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong responds to Thai Army Chief

Joshua Wong gives updates on the Hong Kong protest and addresses allegations by Gen Apirat Kongsompong, Thai Royal Army Chief.

The future of asylum seekers is uncertain in Sri Lanka

"The authorities must take urgent steps to guarantee the safety, dignity and human rights of all refugees and asylum seekers, ensuring that they are safe and have humane living conditions."

Former university lecturer jailed for online posts in Vietnam

Advox

Vietnamese authorities continue their crackdown on freedom of expression against ordinary citizens even when they do not engage in any grassroots activism or political movements.

12 November 2019

Hong Kong activists denounce court ban on ‘violent’ content as a threat to internet freedom

Internet Society Hong Kong will file a judicial review against an interim injunction prohibiting anyone from posting, re-posting and aiding the dissemination of information that promotes violence.

Vanuatu journalist says his work permit was revoked for criticizing the government

"People will hem and haw and say all kinds of things, but it boils down to this: I spoke out, and was punished for telling the truth."

10 November 2019

Netizen Report: Domestic worker abuses in the Gulf expose tech companies’ failures to protect human rights

Advox

Tech companies grapple with abuses against domestic workers, Iraqis face another internet shutdown, and Russia gets ready for a 'sovereign internet.'

8 November 2019

Chechen leader suggests killing users who ‘insult honour’ online

RuNet Echo

For several years, human rights defenders have consistently cited Chechnya as one of Russia's most repressive regions, citing widespread torture, disappearances, and a complete intolerance of dissent.

In Pakistan, the Azadi March demands an end to Prime Minister Khan's administration

Large crowds, internet shutdowns, support from opposition parties, hatred against Qadianis, waving of Taliban flags, women discouraged to take part are some hallmarks of the ongoing Azadi march/dharna in Islamabad.

7 November 2019

Bulgarian prosecutor refuses far-right party's request to close down human rights NGO

On September 30, two VMRO-BND officials asked the prosecutor to dissolve the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee for “interfering with the judiciary” and engaging in "openly anti-Bulgarian activities."

6 November 2019

#iamrabipirzada campaign supports Pakistani actress Rabi Pirzada after nude photos leaked

The Rabi Pirzada incident shows how people are personally attacked for their freedom of expression in Pakistan.