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· December, 2012

Stories about Freedom of Speech from December, 2012

Veteran Director Raises Curtain on China's Arbitrary Film Censorship Policy

The screening of controversial film V for Vendetta on the state broadcaster China Central Television has stirred up hope for censorship reform in China. On December 15, 2012, 70-year-old film...

Hungarian Protesters Occupy Bridge, Three Students Arrested

Student protest rallies continue in Hungary. On Wednesday night, the protesters occupied a Budapest bridge, and three of them ended up getting arrested.

Caribbean: What Happened in 2012 (Part 2)

The first part of this post observed that in the Caribbean blogosphere, the year was punctuated by hunger strikes - the first in Cuba and the second in Trinidad and...

Caribbean: What Happened in 2012 (Part 1)

This year, events in the regional blogosphere were curiously bookended by hunger strikes. Part 1 of this 2012 recap takes a look at the topics that most shaped online discussion...

China:10 Best Weibo Stories of 2012

The Chinese internet is a fascinating place. Stories break online everyday. Despite the strong censorship, Chinese internet users are able to keep their sense of humor(and the censors at bay)...

Independent Turkmen Website Hacked

Chronicles of Turkmenistan (www.chrono-tm.org), the website run by Turkmen human rights activists in exile, has been hacked [ru] for the third time this year and remains down. Catherine Fitzpatrick on Different Stans blog suggests...

People's Daily: The Internet is Not Outside the Law

On Dec 18, China's state media, People's Daily published a piece titled “The Internet is Not Outside the Law,” which serves as a reminder of government control over internet and social media...

Censorship Lift for “V for Vendetta” Shocks China

V for Vendetta, a film produced in 2005 about a near-future dystopian society, previously censored in China, was aired on China Central Television Station (CCTV) Channel Six on December 14,...

#FastforBassel Campaign Launched for Syrian Netizen Facing Military Trial

Bassel Khartabil, also known as Bassel Safadi, is on military trial in Syria, where he is denied a lawyer. The open source software engineer and Creative Commons volunteer has been...

Hungarian Blogger Leaks Secret Video on Illegal Voter Database

Gery Greyhound published a documentary [hu] on his Tumblr blog, about the ‘making of’ an illegal voter database in Pécs in 2009, when the city held a mid-term mayoral election. A similar leak took place in...

“Kosovo 2.0 Talks Sex” Launch Party Cancelled Due to Attack

Kosovo 2.0 was planning to launch its new print issue at the "Kosovo 2.0 Talks Sex" event, on Dec. 14. However, shortly before the launch party started, a group of...

Election Laws Hinder Japan's Political Online Activity

While Japanese citizens enjoy considerable Internet freedom, in times of election, things are little different due to Public Offices Election Act that restricts publication of political messages.

Russian Documentary Filmmakers Abandon YouTube After Police Investigation

On December 12, filmmakers halted the online publication of one of Russia's most curious documentary efforts: "Srok" ("The Term"), a video project hosted on YouTube and LiveJournal, chronicling and capturing...

Sans Permit, Russian Opposition to Converge at Security Headquarters

Their rally at the FSB Headquarters banned, opposition leaders suggest protesters take a "walk" to the center of Moscow. Was their refusal to accept offers of other venues a mistake?

Jackie Chan: “Hong Kong has Become a City of Protest”

Actor and Kung Fu star Jackie Chan triggered outrage in Hong Kong after saying in an interview: “Hong Kong has become a city of protest, we scold China and its...

Presenting the Balkan Minorities

Fifteen young journalists from six different countries have produced a series of personal stories about representatives of the minorities (in a broad sense) from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Serbia, and...

Students Rally All Over Hungary to Save Tuition-Free Education

In Hungary, the once free-for-all education system has always been a subject of heated debates. This week, the debates have grown into student protests that are taking place all over the...

Egypt: Graffiti Over Presidential Palace Walls

It seems like the revolutionary spirit is galvanized in Egypt, thanks to President Mohammed Morsy's power grab. Photographer Jonathan Rashad, who has been actively using his camera to document major...

Radio Okapi Interfered with by Authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo

The website journaldekin.com, commenting on the interference on the national Radio Okapi, a station which has been sponsored by the UN in the Democratic Republic of Congo since December 1,...

Xinhua Is On Twitter

Anthony Tao from Beijing Cream blogs about Chinese netizens’ reaction of the Chinese government official news outlets, Xinhua, being active on Twitter, an social media platform which is blocked in...

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