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Stories about Freedom of Speech

Hong Kong protest supporters’ international lobby to ‘burn’ China for hurting the city

“Laam chau”, a term derived from a username on the Reddit-like forum LIHKG, means "mutually-assured destruction", and it has captured the imagination of Hongkongers — even those in the pro-establishment...

Solo protest in the Netherlands for the Uyghur cause: One man takes on the Chinese state

In the Netherlands, the solo protest of an Uyghur exile puts a spotlight on China's actions against Uyghurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang.

In Turkey, 2.5m students sit university entry exam despite COVID-19 outbreak

This year's exam was embroiled in controversy -- and not just because of the pandemic.

‘Where is my family?': A question left unanswered for too many Uyghurs living abroad

After years of silence about the fate of his family, an Uyghur refugee decides to go public about the persecution of Uyghurs in China, despite the trauma he experiences.

Freedom of expression in Kazakhstan still a distant prospect, says prosecuted activist

Aynur Ilyashev was prosecuted in connection with his criticism of Kazakhstan's ruling party. The country may have a new president, but thirst for real change is growing, says the activist.

Cambodia continues to block memorial activities honoring murdered political analyst Kem Ley

Four years on, the government is still ignoring calls to set up an independent commission to investigate the murder.

Sudan uprising: Sweeping reforms usher in justice and freedom

These laws show the identity of a new Sudan that recognizes rights, diversity, freedom of belief and expression.

So-called anti-fascist files in Brazil expose the personal information of hundreds of people

One of the lists, which circulated on WhatsApp, doxxed people's personal information such as names, pictures, and addresses.

Manila Pride protester fights back and narrates ordeal inside police detention

"We persist against all odds. Our existence is resistance. We're here to dismantle oppressive systems, to change the things we cannot accept.", says Filipino LGBTQ+ activist Carla Nicoyco.

Al Jazeera, Malaysiakini, and Code Blue news websites probed for critical reporting in Malaysia

"The government...should be working to earn the confidence and trust of voters, particularly given how it came to power this March."

Russian journalist avoids jail term for ‘justifying terrorism’ – and fears a new assault on press freedoms

While her conviction remains in force, Svetlana Prokopyeva has avoided a prison sentence. The verdict was a silver lining in a new wave of arrests and criminal cases against journalists.

Tech giants halt data requests as Hong Kong national security law casts long shadow

Local demand for circumvention tools is surging amid fears that a China-style "Great Firewall" is in the offing.

The Uyghur Meshrep: A traditional community gathering censored in China

While Uyghurs have for centuries celebrated male bonding and cultural transmission in a ritual of music and conversations, China is now banning the original concept of the tradition.

Sudan uprising: Nertati sit-in, the new wave

On June 28, citizens in Nertati, Darfur, held an ongoing sit-in with several demands: An end to armed militia attacks on civilians, disarmament, the arrest of perpetrators and agricultural protection.

India bans TikTok, 58 other apps amid rising anti-China sentiment, border clashes

The border clashes and the stand-off between India and China reached naught after India decided to ban video-creation platform TikTok and 58 other apps due to “security issues”.

Hongkongers braved the newly enacted national security law with a leaderless protest

One huge banner summed up the defiant mood of protesters. "We f***ing love Hong Kong," it read.

Milada Horáková: 70 years after her sham trial and execution, Czechs reflect on their communist past

A creative visual campaign reopens old wounds as Czech society reflects on their communist past and the victims of Stalinist sham trials, including the feminist Milada Horáková.

From prison to exile: An interview with Vietnamese activist Tran Thi Nga

A former prisoner of conscience talks about her experience after she was arrested and the impact her incarceration had on her family.

Thailand's ‘youthquake': Activism in the time of COVID-19

Pro-democracy flash mob protests rocked Thailand in January and February. COVID-19 has shifted acts of resistance to cyberspace.

Timor-Leste plans to restore criminal defamation law amid concerns about its free speech impact

"This draft law threatens everyone, particularly vulnerable people without political connections or financial resources. "

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