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Stories about Freedom of Speech

10 March 2020

Sexism and misogyny in Pakistan TV talk shows

A recent ugly spat on a NEO TV Channel talk show exposes the prevailing misbehaviour, sexism, misogyny and abusive language targeting women panellists and anchors in Pakistan media.

8 March 2020

How Chinese social media platforms control information on COVID-19

Advox

At the initial stage of the outbreak of COVID-19 in China, censors curbed public alerts on the threat. Later, censorship was broadened to include criticism of leaders and policies.

7 March 2020

Facebook seller wearing ‘sexy clothes’ charged with pornography in Cambodia

Advox

"Punishing women for their choice of clothing is part of the root cause of violence, rather than its cure, and must be rejected.”

6 March 2020

‘Comfort women’ documentary generates worldwide interest—and a lawsuit against its director

"My film is about how the 'comfort women' issue is discussed now, and why there are so many people who have devoted so much time and resources towards erasing it"

5 March 2020

From Sweden to Mexico, indigenous people explain why their languages are disappearing

The Nordic regions of Europe are thousands of kilometres away from Mexico or Peru, but both witness the destruction of their native peoples' identities

2 March 2020

In Pakistan, petition to ban prominent women's march stifles feminist voices

Aurat March has encouraged women to rally across Pakistan to raise awareness of women's issues. This year, the initiative faces a petition to ban the march for being "anti-Islamic."

Philippine media groups celebrate as tech companies accused of cyber attacks pledge to promote press freedom

Advox

"This is a small victory in our fight for press freedom. We call on all tech companies not to allow their infrastructure to be used by enemies of the truth."

Internet shutdowns in 2019: India continued to top list of worst offenders

Advox

In 2019, access to the internet was disrupted 121 times in India alone, says Access Now in a new report.

China censors report of how authorities hid COVID-19 genome sequence test result for 14 days

China hid genome sequence study for 14 days and authorities lied about the extent of the outbreak.

1 March 2020

World Health Organization officials criticized for ‘slow response’ and ‘pro-China’ bias as COVID-19 spreads across the world

The anger directed at the World Health Organization's Director-General has gone viral and nearly 500,000 had signed up demanding his resignation.

28 February 2020

YouTuber in Mozambique kidnapped after denouncing a self-proclaimed prophet

Advox

In some of his YouTube videos, the user "Beleza em pessoa" criticized Mozambican prophets.

What kind of rumours were circulating during the 2020 Taiwan presidential election?

"...a majority of the rumors were aimed at dividing the Taiwanese society. They provoke people’s emotions and split the community into two political camps."

26 February 2020

Despite exile, Evo Morales’ influence in Bolivian politics endures

Morales was allegedly the kingmaker behind the candidacy of Luis Arce, the former Minister of Economy who will represent MAS in the upcoming presidential elections.

Literature as a gateway for exploring Indian-Nepali hybridity: Interview with author Prajwal Parajuly

"The book being read by the very people it was about, in the very language the characters speak in? Heart-warming. The book has reached the most remote corners of Nepal."

25 February 2020

Justice for Tanzanian journalist Erick Kabendera comes at a steep price

Advox

Tanzanian freelance journalist Erick Kabendera was released from prison but faces hefty fines on charges of money laundering and tax evasion.

“Parental pin”: the Spanish far-right's fight to control public education

The Spanish political party Vox is demanding the right to prevent their children from being educated about feminism, equality or sexual diversity.

Rising attacks against journalists for reporting about the conflict in north Mozambique

Advox

There has been an alarming increase in the number of threats made against journalists who are covering the armed attacks in the northern province of Cabo Delgado.

Fiji poet and activist Peter Sipeli promotes storytelling for LGBTQ+ rights in the Pacific

"I wanted to create a human conversation about the pain that we endure, that ostracization, and unpack that for people to see into."

Can the anti-infiltration law successfully block pro-Beijing media in Taiwan?

Pro-Beijing media outlet announced it would leave the Taiwanese market in protest over the anti-infiltration law in Taiwan.

24 February 2020

Political beliefs divide generations and strain family ties in Taiwan

While the outcome of the Taiwan 2020 presidential election is settled, generational conflicts continue.