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· July, 2011

Stories about Freedom of Speech from July, 2011

25 July 2011

Belarus: East and West and Nothing in Between?

RuNet Echo

"East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet." This chronically misused Kipling phrase seems to catch the realities for an increasing number of Belarusians, who,...

Brazil: “A Serbian Film” Banned from RioFan Festival

Saudi Arabia Blocks Amnesty International's Website

Argentina: What Irritates Argentinians?

Argentinians and Twitter: a means to express what irritates them. On July 22, the hashtag #irritante (#irritating) became a local trending topic with protests and irritations about politics, traffic, neighbors...

Saudi Arabia: New Anti-Terror Law Crushes Protests

Amnesty International's leaked draft of the new Saudi anti-terror law has prompted a strong reaction to the proposed legislation. Twitter users are using the hashtag #SaudiTerrorLaw to voice their opinions.

19 July 2011

Cuba: Defending “Las Damas”

Cuban bloggers continue to update their posts about the most recent attack on Las Damas de Blanco, in which members of the group were reportedly “attacked and brutally beaten…by agents...

Malawi: Arab Spring Spreading South of the Sahara?

It's winter in Africa, south of the Equator, but the temperature in Malawi feels more like Spring - particularly that of the recent Arab pedigree. The Malawian air is rife...

Turkey: Protest Against Kurdish Singer Prompts Strong Social Media Response

Aynur Doğan, a Kurdish-Turkish singer, was jeered by part of the audience during an open air concert in the Istanbul Jazz Festival because she sang a song in Kurdish. Part...

18 July 2011

Serbia: Disgruntled Community Vs. Disgruntled Politician on Twitter

Serbia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vuk Jeremić, has instigated a social media situation that may seriously damage relations that local citizen media and some politicians have been building. The reaction...

China: Campaigning for the Release of Female Activist Wang Lihong

The Chinese government has been arresting human right activists and political dissidents under the pretext of the Jasmine crack down. Many of the detainees have been released, but female activist,...

Cuba: Female Activists Reportedly Beaten/Detained

Iran: Plight of seven detained netizens