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Stories about Freedom of Speech

12 April 2016

A Breakdown of the Current Version of Brazil's Cybercrimes Bill

Global Voices Advocacy

Following criticism, the Commission made some changes to the most controversial elements of the legislation. But a battle still lies ahead.

Colorful Rickshaw Paintings Protest Violence Against Women in Bangladesh

"We hope that words will thus roam around places and find their ways into people’s thought, leading us to a better tomorrow."

11 April 2016

Under Brazil's Cybercrime Bill, Social Media Sites Could Become ‘Permanent Agents of Vigilance’

Global Voices Advocacy

"If somebody insults a politicians on a social media platform, the platform will be obligated to remove the content in a maximum of 48 hours."

Iranian Blogger Struggles for Health and Freedom After 18 Days on Hunger Strike

Global Voices Advocacy

Anti-censorship activist and blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki has been on hunger strike since March 26, and his health is deteriorating rapidly.

10 April 2016

The Naked Truth About Censorship In Uzbekistan

"All that is left is for her to act in a porn movie and disgrace her nation in front of the world. This girl is a shame to the nation."

In China, Alleged Assault Footage Helps Muffle Panama Talk

Three members of China's all-powerful politburo standing committee had relatives implicated in the Panama Papers, but national media has been silent on the leak.

9 April 2016

Thai Army's ‘Attitude Adjustment’ Camp Helps Critics to Be Healthy and Obedient

Instead of receiving certificates, graduates of 'attitude-adjustment' sessions will sign MOUs stating they will cease all activities against the government.

7 April 2016

Want to Understand Global Inequality? Juxtapose the Panama Papers and the EU-Turkey Migrant Deal

The Bridge

"That that Panama Papers and refugee deal stories arrived in newsrooms and social media timelines in quick succession set the stage for a debate about the unfair allocation of wealth."

Secular Activist Targeted and Killed in Bangladesh

Global Voices Advocacy

The 28-year-old law student was murdered by three assailants in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on April 7, 2016. The young man was most likely targeted for his critiques of religious conservatism.

Russian Censors Have New Advice for Media Outlets On How to Cover Suicide

RuNet Echo

Roscomnadzor's advice to Russian media outlets reporting on instances of suicide is based on recommendations from the WHO, but needs "more work" to be in line with the Russian legislation.

6 April 2016

In Kenya, Banned Music Video Celebrating Same-Sex Love Stays on YouTube

Global Voices Advocacy

The Kenya Film Classification Board has banned the video arguing that "it does not adhere to the morals of the country."

Maldives Media Crackdown Triggers Forced Newspaper Closure, Journalist Arrests

Global Voices Advocacy

Riot police used brute force and pepper spray and strip-searched both male and female journalists, who hailed from several local media organizations.

Iran's Headscarf Laws Collide With the Women of Air France

Air France's women have demanded the right to work the Paris-Tehran route, if headscarves are required, and the Facebook community “My Stealthy Freedom” is supporting their protest with a new...

5 April 2016

In Bosnia, Defiance as Homophobia and Student Politics Collide

In most Balkan countries, homophobia is used as a political tool by right-wing populists to "divide and conquer". This often goes together with impunity for homophobic hate crimes.

‘Free West Papua’ Campaign Turns to Social Media for Global Support

The campaign encourages netizens to express support to the independence struggle of West Papua by posting photos on social media using the hashtag #LetWestPapuaVote.

Macedonia's Academy of Arts and Sciences Pulls Its Public Debt Clock Following Political Pressure

The issue of public debt in Macedonia, one of Europe's poorest countries, is a touchy one.

Zambian Deputy Minister Attacks Bank Employee Over Facebook Comment

Global Voices Advocacy

The Deputy Minister’s visit reportedly was marked with obnoxious name calling, threats and shouts that shocked clients and security personnel at the bank.

When a Mother's Love Conflicts With Loyalty to the Chinese Communist Party

"...nowadays, so many people see 'patriotism' as a business and as a path to get a promotion. They talk about ideology but think about business."

4 April 2016

Posting Photos of Red Bowls on Facebook Is Now Deemed Seditious by the Thai Junta

Global Voices Advocacy

"The Thai junta’s fears of a red plastic bowl show its intolerance of dissent has reached the point of absolute absurdity."

Film Says Students Across Central and Eastern Europe Should Cooperate on Fighting Corruption

A recently published documentary shows how youth organizations from various countries can cooperate to put an end to the shady dealings that too often occur within educational institutions.

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