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Stories about Freedom of Speech

6 September 2017

On WhatsApp, Fake News Is Nearly Impossible to Moderate. Is That a Bad Thing?

Global Voices Advocacy

People are keen to tackle fake news on Facebook. But picture becomes more complex when news and information spread through WhatsApp.

A Year After Newspaper Ban, Independent Media Remain Under Siege in Oman

Global Voices Advocacy

Azamn newspaper was banned over a report on interference with the independence of the judiciary. One of its journalists remains in prison.

Iran's Foreign Minister Says He Won't Tweet in Persian Because of Twitter Censorship

Global Voices Advocacy

The rhetoric of the Rouhani administration is giving off less hope for online freedoms, and the popular foreign minister's statements about not tweeting for Iranian audiences has increased concerns.

Gauri Lankesh, a Journalist Who Was Critical of India's Right Wing, Is Gunned Down Outside Her Home

Global Voices Advocacy

"In fact, this is an assassination on democracy. In her passing, Karnataka has lost a strong progressive voice..."

4 September 2017

50 Shades of Erdogan's Propaganda

Global Voices Advocacy

The enemies of Turkey's authoritarian government are everywhere and state propaganda is taking on an increasingly absurd hue.

31 August 2017

Is Cameroonian Journalist Ahmed Abba’s Imprisonment Because of Security, or Is It an Attack on the Press?

"This is an attack on the press. It's as if they want to criminalize journalism as an occupation in Cameroon. All they're accusing Ahmed Abba of is being a professional."

India’s Latest Internet Shutdown Hits Haryana and Punjab

Global Voices Advocacy

According to the New Delhi-based Software Freedom Law Centre, India has seen 106 internet shutdowns since 2012.

Netizen Report: Vietnam Targets ‘Illegal Cyber Information’ — and Political Speech

Global Voices Advocacy

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in internet rights around the world.

An Indian Transgender Couple Receives Death Threats After Announcing Plans to Marry and Adopt

"We too have the same rights to live in this world, as you all are having...We aren't disturbing anyone else. In fact, we've to fight a lot to survive itself."

29 August 2017

Murdered Mexican Journalist Cándido Ríos: ‘Our Weapons Do Not Shoot Bullets. Our Weapons Shoot Truth’

Global Voices Advocacy

"His tireless efforts to denounce injustice brought him popularity among readers, but also enemies like the former mayor of Ríos' hometown Hueyapan, who threatened him with death several times."

28 August 2017

Chinese Tech Firms Are at the Cutting Edge of Artificial Intelligence — But at What Cost?

Global Voices Advocacy

China has a more open attitude toward new technology, but is their success built upon a lack of awareness of individual rights?

27 August 2017

Cambodia Shutdown of Media Outlets: Tax and Licensing Issue or Censorship?

Global Voices Advocacy

"It appears that the Cambodian government has been using legal technicalities to hide behind its real aim of silencing independent voices."

China to Ban Anonymous Online Comments, Blacklist Users

Global Voices Advocacy

"With or without real name registration, they know who you are. What they intend to do is to make you fearful."

25 August 2017

Venezuelan Government Wants to Regulate Hatred on Social Media

Global Voices Advocacy

Today, with an all-powerful ANC composed solely of representatives from the governing party, it seems unlikely that anything will be able to stop the law from being approved.

Chinese Police Arrested a Man for Complaining About Hospital Food. Netizens Say It’s Police Abuse.

Global Voices Advocacy

Even state-affiliated media outlets are criticizing police actions against a man who publicly complained about the price and quality of food at a state hospital.

Macedonian Citizen Fined 400 Euro For Insulting Turkish President Erdoğan on Facebook

Global Voices Advocacy

A Macedonian court ordered a person to pay 400 euros for writing "ironical statements and insulted a leader of a foreign country."

24 August 2017

Scholars at Home and Abroad Call for Withdrawal of Protest Charges Against Five Thai Academics

"How can we achieve reform when the state still treats those who voice concern about public issues as its enemies?"

20 August 2017

Cambridge University Publisher Removes 300 Academic Articles for the China Market

' If this is what they demand, CUP should give up its China- based site and carry on elsewhere. '

18 August 2017

Malaysian Political Cartoonist Zunar Sues Police for Unlawful Arrest, Seizure of Books

Global Voices Advocacy

"You can ban my books, you can ban my cartoons, but you cannot ban my mind. I will keep drawing until the last drop of my ink."

Netizen Report: US Tech Company Bans White Supremacist Group for Being ‘Assholes’

Global Voices Advocacy

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

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