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· November, 2013

Stories about Freedom of Speech from November, 2013

Polish Right-Wing Nationalists Hijack Country's Independence Day

Poland's National Independence Day, traditionally celebrated on November 11, ended in violence this year during a march organized by a nationalist movement. Police detained around a dozen individuals.

Will Russia’s Scrotum Revolt Join Pussy Riot in Prison?

Petr Pavlensky, the political artist who recently nailed his scrotum the pavement in Red Square, now faces the same “hooliganism” charges at the center of the Pussy Riot trial.

Bolivian Twitter Users Arrested For Photographing Historic Building

Two Bolivian Twitter users were arbitrarily arrested by the police for taking photographs of historic buildings. Bolivian netizens came to their defense immediately after being alerted by a tweet.

Social Media in Tajikistan's Election: A “Milestone” or Just “Noise”?

There was an unprecedented amount of social media buzz around the recent presidential polls in Tajikistan. There is little agreement, however, about whether the buzz made any real difference.

Russian Artist Pavlensky Nails His Scrotum to Moscow's Red Square

One of Russia's most infamous artists has staked his scrotum to the cobblestones outside Lenin’s Mausoleum in Red Square. How have Russians reacted?

Iran: Blogger's Jail Sentence Reduced to 17 Years

The “Justice for Hossein Derakhshan” blog announced on October 16, 2013 that Iranian authorities have reduced the jail sentence of Iranian blogger Hossein Derakhshan (also known as “Hoder”) to 17...

Journalist Dubbed ‘Macedonian Assange’ Arrested in Serbia

Macedonia releases one journalist and arrests another. Journalist Zoran Bozinovski was arrested in Serbia on November 7, 2013 on an Interpol warrant requested by Macedonian authorities.

New Laws in Hungary May Restrict Media Freedom

On November 5, 2013, Hungarian Parliament adopted changes to the country's Criminal Code regarding potentially defamatory video or audio recordings. The new changes to this law include penalties such as...

South Korean Media Whitewashes President's European Trip

South Korean President had her first trip to Europe. Korean media lavishly praised her fashion sense and language skills, but didn't report on anything of substance.

Regional Bloggers Targeted for “Extremism” by Russian Police

Regional authorities in Russia are cracking down on local opposition bloggers, persecuting them for alleged "extremism."

Turk-Arab Youth Congress: Middle East Needs Greater Regional Cooperation

Global Voices author from Pakistan Fakiha Hassan Rizvi attended the 2nd Turk Arab Youth Congress (TAYC) held in Istanbul, Turkey on Oct 25-27, 2013 and reports what she learned.

‘The More Truth You Know, the More Distressed You Feel': China's Journalists’ Day

Amid an ongoing crackdown in the country, Chinese journalists reflected on the state of the industry on Journalists' Day.

Saudi Releases Writer Tariq Al Mubarak

Saudi writer Tariq Al Mubarak, detained for supporting women in their right to drive in the absolute monarchy, has been released. Tamador Al Yami tweets: After 8 days in detention,...

A Blogger, Tortured to Death One Year Ago

Iranian blogger Sattar Beheshti was remembered at a memorial event attended by human rights activists, family and friends.

VIDEO: Chinese Respond to American Child's “Kill Everyone in China” Comment on Jimmy Kimmel Live

The best way to address antagonistic sentiment is a sense of humor and good knowledge of the subject of hatred.

Nine Maps to Understand World Trends

A series of maps shared by Goodnet show how more than 200 countries deal with social issues including freedom of the press, maternity leave, and attitudes towards foreigners.

Egypt: Satirist Bassem Youssef's Show Censored following Lawsuits

Egyptians held their breath waiting for Bassem Youssef's satirical TV show Al Bernameg; Now, on the eve of it's second episode, the programme was taken off air.

Proposed Law in Pakistan Would Pave Way for Human Rights Violations

A proposed law in Pakistan meant to give more teeth to anti-terrorism legislation would allow law enforcement to perform searches without a warrant and take away right to bail.

Saudi Arabia Arrests Writer for Supporting Women Drivers

Six days ago a Saudi writer was arrested for lending his support to the right of women in his country to drive cars. Now, netizens call for his release.

Russian Internet Surveillance: Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss

In the latest news from Russia's slow but inexorable march to tighter control over the Internet, the Russian security apparatus is expanding its surveillance requirements for Russian ISPs.

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