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· July, 2013

Stories about Freedom of Speech from July, 2013

18 July 2013

China Cracks Down on Corruption Whistleblower

China has blocked the web presence of anti-corruption hero Zhu Ruifeng for reporting on the shady relationship between two local communist party officials.

17 July 2013

Billionaire Jack Ma Makes About-Face, Praises Chinese Government

Was Ma's change of attitude related to the recent secret execution of “China's Madoff”?

16 July 2013

The Perils of Putting a Label on Edward Snowden

Is the man who revealed US surveillance programs run by the NSA - a traitor, a hero, a fugitive, or a spy?

Reporters Break Their Silence on Trinidad & Tobago Press Freedom Confusion

Reporters that left their jobs at the Trinidad Guardian say “there was a significant threat to press freedom [and] that [the] threat wore the garments of political interference."

15 July 2013

Snowden Airport Saga Polarizes Russian Human Rights Community

RuNet Echo

Are some of Russia's human right defenders guilty of letting the Kremlin score a few PR points?

Multiple Resignations at the Media Association of Trinidad & Tobago

Netizens following developments in the Trinidad Guardian newsroom controversy were looking forward to new information that should have been revealed at a Media Association press conference today.

14 July 2013

Trinidad & Tobago's Media Association Pulls a 180 in Press Freedom Debacle

The Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago has retracted its original statement about political interference having a part to play in the alleged reassignment of key reporters in the Guardian's...

Teen Activist Malala Yousafzai Impresses UN, Polarizes Pakistan

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist who was shot by the Taliban on her way to school less than a year ago, celebrated her 16th birthday by delivering a powerful speech...

12 July 2013

New Internet Law in The Gambia Puts Gag on Government Criticism

Parliamentarians in the tiny West African state of the Gambia have ratified and passed a new law that seeks to tighten laws on Internet freedom. The law seeks to punish...

11 July 2013

Press Freedom Déjà Vu in Trinidad & Tobago

All anyone seemed to be talking about today in Trinidad and Tobago was the walkout at the Guardian newspaper and whether there is more in the mortar than the pestle....

Cambodia Elections: The Facebook Vote

Cambodian netizens are actively using Facebook to discuss, debate, and share updates about the July 28 National Assembly elections. Meanwhile, political parties are also maximizing the popular social networking site...

Trinidad & Tobago Media Reshuffle Viewed as Threat to Press Freedom

There is controversy brewing in Trinidad and Tobago over freedom of the press following a reassignment of key media personnel (including the Editor-in-Chief) at the Trinidad Guardian newspaper – a...

10 July 2013

Fear and Censorship in Russia's Huffington Post

RuNet Echo

PublicPost, an internet news publication that for a time sought to become the Russian Huffington Post, met its end last month, when it became the latest in a series of...

St. Kitts & Nevis: Arrest Escalates Political Tensions

Political tensions in St. Kitts continue to rise following the arrest of the former People's Action Movement leader Lindsay Grant during a protest march in the capital last Friday.

China: Woman Activist Made Homeless

Grenada: Electronic Media Ignorance?

9 July 2013

Saudi Families of Detainees Mark ‘Third Detainees Day’

Families of Saudi detainees marked the Third Detainees Day to protest the arbitrary detention of their loved ones. Saudi Arabia is one of the few remaining absolute monarchies in the...

Venezuela's President Offers Asylum to Edward Snowden

Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro offered political asylum to Edward Snowden, creating controversy within and outside of the country, in addition to intensifying tense relations with the United States of America.

7 July 2013

Chinese Social Media Users are Rumor-Happy, Low-Educated, Report Says

A new report from the state-run Chinese Academy of Social Sciences that labels social media in China as a rumor mill and social media users in China as having low...