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· September, 2012

Stories about Freedom of Speech from September, 2012

Brazil: Misogynistic ‘Humor’ in MTV-Sponsored Blog

A complaint was filed against the blog Testosterone, a blog sponsored by MTV Brazil that constantly posts misogynistic content. Now, online campaigns are calling for MTV to end the partnership...

Iran: Google and Gmail Will Be Filtered

Armenia-Azerbaijan: Hatred in the Caucasus

Angola: Police Puts End to Protest

Thailand’s Lese Majeste Law: ‘A Strange Legislation that Needs Reform’

Article 112 of Thailand’s criminal code is often described as the world’s harshest Lese Majeste (anti-royal insult) law. The controversial law is often invoked to censor web content and shut...

Macedonia: Activist's Trial to Continue in November

Pakistan Bans YouTube Over Controversial Video

In an attempt to appease the growing unrest in the country, the Government of Pakistan decided to block the social networking site YouTube as of Monday, September 17, 2012. The...

Tunisia: In Defense (sort of) of French Weekly on the Muhammad Cartoons

Anniversary Interview with Occupy Wall Street Movement Activist

David DeGraw, one of the early participants of the 99% movement explains about the birth and development of the Occupy Wall Street movement around its one year anniversary. He touches...

Philippines: ‘Anti-Cybercrime Law Threatens Media Freedom’

The Philippines has recently passed an anti-cybercrime law which aims to protect the security and rights of internet users. But journalists and bloggers fear that the new law could lead...

Saudi Arabia: Authorities Threaten to Block YouTube

Saudi Arabia is threatening to block YouTube, if the latter does not block access to all the clips which lead to the 14-minute trailer of the movie Innocence of Muslims....

Russia: Omsk Telecom Temporarily Bans YouTube

Armenia: Homophobic Editor On Air

Bangladesh: Draft Online Media Policy Draws Criticism

There are almost 200 online newspapers in Bangladesh but no specific regulations exist for them. The government of Bangladesh has taken steps to administer them by preparing draft regulations, but...

Bahrain Censors UN Website for Human Rights Session Live Stream

Ukraine: “Ashes of Freedom of Speech”

A few hundred people gathered at Kyiv's Independence Square on Sept. 16 to honor the memory of Georgiy Gongadze, a Ukrainian journalist who disappeared on this day 12 years ago,...

Russia: Protest Movement Struggles with Keeping Itself Democratic

Maksim Martsinkevich, who goes by the nickname Tesak (Machete), gained notoriety on the RuNet between 2005 and 2007. A white-supremacist who later spent several years in prison for inciting ethnic...

Pakistan: On ‘The Innocence of Muslims’ Film

A 13 minute trailer of controversial film ‘The Innocence of Muslims’ was recently released via YouTube. The movie is said to be strongly anti-Islamic and protests against it were held...

Macedonia: Human Rights Activist Trajanoski on Trial

Philippines: Senate President Wants Law to Regulate Blogs

Philippine Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile admitted that he doesn’t know anything about blogs and blogging but he still proposed a law to regulate blogs after one of his colleagues...

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