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4 May 2017

Iranian News Agency Publishes ‘Fabricated’ Story Accusing UN Special Rapporteur of Misdeeds With Saudi Arabia

It's not the first time Iranian officials have tried to discredit the office of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Iran.

3 May 2017

Salt Water Challenge, Skipping Meals and #DignityStrike: Palestinians Show Solidarity With Prisoners’ Hunger Strike

Prisoners are demanding an end to solitary confinement, arrest and detention without trial known as administrative arrest, and medical negligence, as well as the improvement of conditions within the prison.

Brazilian Activist in Induced Coma After Police Beating at Nationwide Protests

A Brazilian student is hospitalized in intensive care, after a police officer clubbed him in the head at a demonstration last Friday, when millions joined nationwide strikes against austerity reforms.

Russian Psychological Center Insults and Then Outs Gay Man Who Called Its Support Line

RuNet Echo

Be careful when calling the hotline at “FROG,” a psychological help center; you might need more support after the call than you did before you picked up the phone.

1 May 2017

Navalny's Army Unmasks the State-Supported Radicals Out to Get Him

RuNet Echo

Following last week's startling attack, opposition leader Alexey Navalny is proving how useful it is to have millions of supporters among Russia’s young, energetic Internet users.

Students and Staff Condemn Talk by Israel's UK Ambassador at SOAS, University of London

London's SOAS University saw hundreds protest Israeli ambassador's visit to campus, denouncing it as "an official exercise in state propaganda."

Life as a Vod, Russia’s Disappearing Ethnic Group

RuNet EchoRising Voices

Made up of just a few dozen people, the world’s largest community of Vods lives outside St. Petersburg. Victoria Vziatysheva recently spoke to some of the Vods’ last living descendants.

29 April 2017

The Lonely Death of One of Ethiopia's Most Public Men

In Assefa’s death, one may find the sadness of exile, something which is both deeply personal and political.

28 April 2017

Kashmiri Man Who Was Tied to an Indian Military Jeep as a Human Shield Says He Now Lives in Fear

"...I am afraid of going to a hospital. I’m afraid they will find me and kill me…I haven’t stepped outside my house in the last eight days."

High-Profile Chinese Blogger Arrested for Online Comments, After Years of Police Harassment

Global Voices Advocacy

Under China's "stability control" measures, it is increasingly common for netizens who are critical of the government to be summoned or detained by police.

Indian Government Bans 22 Social Media Platforms in Kashmir including Facebook, WhatsApp

Global Voices Advocacy

"By presenting the other side to the Kashmir storyline, the locals once again were able to own....the highly complex and conflicted Kashmir narrative."

27 April 2017

Netizen Report: Censorship Spikes in India, Subsides in Cameroon

Global Voices Advocacy

The Internet is back on in English-speaking Cameroon, while social media has been shut down in Kashmir. Journalists in Maldives mourn the stabbing death of a blogger.

Jailed Emirati Academic Endures Hunger Strike to Protest Ten-Year Jail Sentence

Global Voices Advocacy

"I have no choice but to go on hunger strike to restore my stolen freedom".

Three Ways the Russian Government Is Trying to Control the Internet

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

“The Internet was created as a special project by the CIA,” Vladimir Putin announced three years ago. Since then, Russian authorities’ faith in the Internet has declined even further.

Taiwan Tops Asia While Hong Kong Falls Four Places in Freedom of Press Index

Global Voices Advocacy

"A majority [of media workers in Hong Kong] have expressed an increasing pressure which results in deliberate self-censorship."

23 April 2017

How the Symbols of Indonesia’s Hardline Muslim Groups Reached the Pages of Marvel Comics

"This artwork will be removed from subsequent printings, digital versions, and trade paperbacks and disciplinary action is being taken," according to a statement released by Marvel Comics.

Maldives Blogger and Activist Yameen Rasheed Stabbed to Death

“So-called 'Paradise on Earth' has no public safety for it's citizens. Tomorrow, it could be me, you, or any of us," wrote a Facebook user.

21 April 2017

A São Paulo City Councilor Surprised Schools With an Inspection for ‘Leftist Indoctrination’

Fernando Holiday was inspired by the Escola Sem Partido (School Without Party) campaign, which divides opinion in Brazil.

The Day Russia Outlawed Jehovah's Witnesses

RuNet Echo

It’s strange to see this in writing, let alone know that it’s true, but here it is: Russia has formally banned Jehovah's Witnesses.

20 April 2017

Netizen Report: Mexican Journalists Were Threatened Online, Then Killed

Global Voices Advocacy

Kashmiris see more cuts to basic communications services, a Japanese artist gets fined for her 3D vagina art, and Thailand tells Facebookers to "unfollow" state critics.

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