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Stories about Freedom of Speech

17 September 2015

Resentment Against Hungary Grows After Serbia Border Clashes Injure Refugees and Journalists

Many expressed anger at Hungary and the European Union for their handling of the refugee crisis, including the closure of the Hungarian-Serbian border, without consulting their non-EU neighbors.

16 September 2015

Russian Court Fines Google for ‘Reading Private Correspondence’ on Gmail

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

A Yekaterinburg academic has convinced Moscow city court to fine Google 50 thousand rubles ($765) for violating his "secrecy of correspondence" on Gmail with its targeted ads.

15 September 2015

Iran's Hardline Supreme Council on Cyberspace Consolidates Power Over Internet Policymaking

Global Voices Advocacy

Iran's Supreme Leader is strengthening his hold over Internet policy through the Supreme Council for Cyberspace.

Veteran Thai Journalist Detained After ‘Attitude-Adjustment’

Global Voices Advocacy

"Freedom can't be maintained if we're not willing to defend it," Pravit tweeted on the day of his detention.

14 September 2015

A Joke About Refrigerators Mocks China's Trend Toward Extreme Patriotism

"Long live the motherland, who knows which company sells refrigerators that are broad and flat?"

11 September 2015

Umida Ahmedova оn the Burden of Censorship and Being a Female Artist in Uzbekistan

"There was a girl there who did not want to jump from a bridge into the water. We used this image as a metaphor."

10 September 2015

Apple Caves To Data Localization Demands, Rents Out Space in Russian Data Center

RuNet Echo

Apple has decided to comply with the Russian data localization law and is renting out storage space at a data center on Russian soil, according to local media.

9 September 2015

Kenyan Public Intellectual Accused of Using Hate Speech on Twitter

Global Voices Advocacy

Kenyan political analyst Mutahi Ngunyi apologises to the Luo ethnic group and Law Society of Kenya head by offering a goat and a beer after attacking them on Twitter.

8 September 2015

Facebook Activist Details How She Received a Seven-Year Prison Sentence in Iran

Global Voices Advocacy

One of the eight Facebook activists sentenced to long prison sentences in 2013 for social and political commentary posted on their Facebook pages, has asserted that she was denied access...

A Year Away From Syria

The Bridge

What happens to a Syrian activist and her ideals when she takes refuge outside her war-torn country?

Trolls Go After Artists Who Aren't ‘Patriotic’ Enough During China's WWII Parade

American-born Taiwanese singer Christine Fan removed a photo of her twin babies after receiving a flood of online hate for not sharing military parade photos instead.

5 September 2015

Inside the Trial of Zone9 Bloggers: 16 Months and Counting

Global Voices Advocacy

The Zone9 bloggers' trial continues, with relatives prevented from documenting the proceedings, and frequent adjournments in court obstructing the progress of justice. Read Endalk Chala's latest report.

4 September 2015

You’re in the Army Now: How Drafted Ukrainian Journalists Cover the War in Their Online Diaries

RuNet Echo

Ukrainian journalists drafted for military service in eastern Ukraine have turned their social media accounts into personal military diaries, documenting their training, their combat, and their daily life.

2 September 2015

Are Term Limits and Mandatory Political Changeover Really in the Interest of African Nations?

The Bridge

In countries with few leading figures capable of securing the role of head of state, constitutionally mandated political changeover can be a real constraint on the political process.

31 August 2015

Journalists Reporting in Mali Receive Death Threats From ‘Guardians of Jihad’

A militant group threatens to kill journalists working for foreign media who report on Mali.

This Ukrainian Artist Is Drawing Comics About His Imprisonment By Pro-Russian Militants in Donetsk

RuNet Echo

A Ukrainian guerrilla artist whose street art got him kidnapped and tortured by pro-Russian militants is working on a comic book to raise awareness of prisoners in occupied eastern Ukraine.

29 August 2015

India Has a Less-Than-Rosy Track Record on Media Freedom

The government recently threatened to pull the licenses of three news channels over criticism of the execution of Yakub Menon, convicted of the 1993 Mumbai bombings.

28 August 2015

Is Telegram's Compliance with Iran Compromising the Digital Security of Its Users?

Global Voices Advocacy

Telegram has been complying with the Iranian government to block features, a cause for privacy concerns on a platform that boasts secure communication.

26 August 2015

Australian National TV Airs Lewd Twitter Handle About Prime Minister

The handle, "AbbottLovesAnal," was broadcast on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Q&A program.

24 August 2015

Think You're So Clever, Wikipedia? Russian Censors Are Blocking You Anyway

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Though Wikipedia has tried to circumvent Russian censors' demands to remove content, the Kremlin seems intent on blocking the website at all costs.

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