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Stories about Freedom of Speech

6 November 2015

Why Did the Giant Ears Cross the Road? To Protest State Surveillance in Macedonia

Global Voices Advocacy

The wiretap "bombshells" released by opposition party leaders almost one year ago revealed that the communications of more than 20,000 individuals in Macedonia had been secretly recorded.

5 November 2015

Facebook Vows to Improve Real Name Policy. But How Far Will They Go?

Global Voices Advocacy

Facebook says it will make some small changes to the real name policy in an effort to help keep users safe, but there is still much more to be done.

4 November 2015

Protest Activity On the Rise In Russia, Study Finds

RuNet Echo

The overall protest activity in Russia recorded by the experts grew almost 15 percent compared to the first half of 2014.

Netizen Report: The Mexican Cybercrime Law That Wasn’t

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.

Bay Area Intifada: Identity Politics with a Capital ‘I’

The Bridge

The dream of Third World liberation and decolonization is alive in Oakland, California.

3 November 2015

A National Hotline Encourages Chinese to Report Suspected Spies

Netizens theorized the hotline is meant foment distrust among Chinese. "Prelude to the Cultural Revolution," one Weibo user wrote.

31 October 2015

Bangladesh Book Publishers Suffer Fatal Attacks in Wake of Blogger Killings

Global Voices Advocacy

Both publishers had ties with Bangladeshi-American blogger and author Avijit Roy, who was attacked and killed in February 2015.

29 October 2015

Iranian Student Held Without Charge, Pressured to Make False Confession

Global Voices Advocacy

"Judicial officials...should not arrest youths and pass heavy judgments against them every time they criticize. My son should be sitting in class and studying right now.”

Indian Scholars Return Their National Awards to Protest Rising Intolerance

"We have never seen an atmosphere like this in India before. There never was any fear to freely voice one’s opinions."

Ukrainian Official Dismissed for Using Russian Email Service for Official Correspondence

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Ukrainian authorities believe that using Russian email services could potentially "jeopardize the country's information security" in view of the ongoing information war between Ukraine and Russia.

28 October 2015

Netizen Report: US Tech Companies Grapple with EU Data Rules in a Post-Snowden World

Global Voices Advocacy

Ukraine rolls out Russian-style Internet blacklist, Cuba releases artist-blogger "El Sexto" after 10 months in prison, and Bahrain jails Zainab Al-Khawaja for insulting the king.

27 October 2015

Fans Step Up After Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei Hits Brick Wall With Lego

"No Lego on my Christmas-Burthday shopping list @LEGO_Group. Not supporting Ai Wei Wei @aiww is very disappointing"

Free Alaa Campaign Takes Social Media by Storm on the First Anniversary of His Imprisonment

Global Voices Advocacy

Alaa Abd El Fattah has spent a year in prison for his activism. He has four more to serve. Netizens are making noise on his first year anniversary calling for...

Jailed for Anti-Monarchy Graffiti, Thai Musician Gets Support on Social Media

Opas C, a 68-year-old Thai, is serving a three-year jail term for writing an anti-monarchy graffiti in a mall toilet.

26 October 2015

‘Our Detention Tells a Broader Story About Our Country': Reflections From Ethiopia's Zone9 Bloggers

Global Voices Advocacy

"To our incarcerators who gave us those ordeals, even if you are not asking us for forgiveness, here we are."

22 October 2015

Ukraine's New Banned Websites Registry: Security Measure or Censorship Tool?

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Ukraine's new cyberpolice say they want to protect Ukrainians online, but a banned websites registry is causing Internet users to worry about adverse effects on free expression.

21 October 2015

Netizen Report: Uganda Vows to Step Up Online Censorship

Global Voices Advocacy

Free speech is under fire in East Africa: Two Facebook users have been charged under Tanzania's new cybercrime law, while new social media regs are on the horizon in Uganda.

3 Mexicans Who Refuse to Stay Silent on Injustice

Father Solalinde, poet Javier Sicilia, and the families of 43 missing students in Ayotzinapa are all raising their voices against the problem of violence and impunity in the country.

20 October 2015

Bahrain Government Renews Crackdown on Religious Rituals

Security forces and youth clashed in Bahrain today as police attacked villages, forcefully removing banners placed on roadsides to commemorate Ashura. Several people were injured from buckshot fired at protesters.

19 October 2015

Two Tanzanians Accused of Posting ‘False Information’ Face Charges Under New Cybercrime Law

Global Voices Advocacy

According to the state, both men have violated Section 16 of Cybercrimes Act, which prohibits "publication of false information." Little more is currently known about their cases.

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