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Stories about Freedom of Speech

26 January 2019

Reports of internet blocks and media censorship as power struggle tensions escalate in Venezuela

Advox

Internet access is being blocked intermittently and radio stations are being censored as Venezuela's political crisis intensifies.

Russia's isolationist ‘sovereign internet’ bill worries experts and users alike

RuNet Echo

Experts have pointed to the colossal costs associated with building the infrastructure required, and lamented that this would only lead to further monopolization of the Russian internet provider market.

24 January 2019

Old age, hate speech, press freedom: Critical issues in Nigeria's 2019 presidential elections

Amid the cacophony of Nigeria's electoral campaigns — both online and offline — here are the key issues that may get lost in the noise in this year's elections.

22 January 2019

Azerbaijani prosecutors drop controversial charges against political prisoner

Activists cheered the concession as a victory of people power.

Is Fiji's Online Safety Act a ‘trojan horse’ for online censorship?

Advox

"The Act on the surface professes online ‘Safety’, while its vagueness on responsible free speech leaves the act open to being a Trojan horse for online ‘Regulation’ and censorship."

18 January 2019

Mayor of Odessa could face criminal charges after his security attacked a local reporter

This is only the most recent episode in which Trukhanov or his subordinates have attacked journalists.

Correspondence between Arundhati Roy and Shahidul Alam shares resilience and hope

"...the tide will turn, and the nameless, faceless people will rise. They will rise against the entire state machinery."

17 January 2019

Under Peña Nieto, Mexican journalists endured threats, killings — and digital surveillance, say researchers

Advox

"If they killed Javier Valdez [the] most protected member in the field, what can the rest of us expect? It is as if we all have a target on our...

Facing targeted attacks, Yemen's Christian minority struggles to survive

"Galileo" is a Yemeni who converted to Christianity three years ago. He's been arrested and tortured, and is now living in fear for his life.

16 January 2019

Netizen Report: Zimbabwe’s internet goes dark amid protests, nationwide strike

Advox

The update from Zimbabwe, plus: China fines VPN users, Cuba is censoring SMS messages and Iranian officials plan to block Instagram.

15 January 2019

Venezuela's crisis of political legitimacy has rocked Wikipedia — and might have led to its blocking

Advox

Venezuelan Wikipedians are at war over a question rattling the country: Who has legitimate claim to the presidency?

11 January 2019

Chinese authorities go after citizens for using VPNs, skirting online censorship

Advox

The news of two men being fined for using VPNs may serve as a wake up call to Chinese netizens.

8 January 2019

Azerbaijanis pressure government to #FreeMehman after blogger endures 12 days on hunger strike

Advox

Young, popular and politicized, video blogger Mehman Huseynov is a classic target of the Azerbaijani government's crackdown on civil society.

31 December 2018

Censored in 2018: Protest videos, court verdicts, real news — and Peppa Pig

Advox

From blocked websites to revoked media licenses to account shutdowns, censorship comes in many forms. Here are a few we saw in 2018.

30 December 2018

Indonesian military suspected of using chemical weapons against West Papuan separatists, reports Australian newspaper

"Villagers are traumatised and very scared. They have fled into the jungle. Christmas should be a time of peace but not a time of fear."

29 December 2018

To cast their votes on December 30, Bangladeshis will need to overcome many obstacles

Among the difficulties faced by voters are a ban on all unauthorized motorized public and private transportation and a complete shutdown of mobile Internet service.

28 December 2018

2018 across sub-Saharan Africa: Our favorite stories of epic change and transformation

From long-time leaders stepping down to citizens rising up, a cautious hope surges alongside the continuous struggle. Here are our favorite stories from across Africa in 2018.

Bangladesh braces for fiercely contested parliamentary election amidst opposition crackdown

On December 30, Bangladesh will hold its 11th parliamentary election to determine the 299 elected members of Jatiya Sangsad who will lead the country for the next five years.

22 December 2018

Netizen Report: Bangladeshis see censorship on all sides as elections approach

Advox

Bangladesh is blocking websites, Sudanese telcos are blocking WhatsApp and Slack is kicking Iranians off the platform, even when they're not in Iran.

20 December 2018

In Cardinal George Pell's sexual abuse trial, Australian court fails to suppress the ‘nation's worst kept secret’

Advox

"The alleged suppression order on #georgepell is allowing fake news and hearsay and speculation take the place of reputable news sources."

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