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· January, 2014

Stories about Freedom of Speech from January, 2014

16 January 2014

Russia’s Parliament Prepares New “Anti-Terrorist” Laws for Internet

RuNet EchoAdvox

Another Internet crackdown looms in Russia, where the Duma is reviewing three new pieces of “anti-terror” legislation that could place hefty restrictions on the activities of websites and civil society.

13 January 2014

Young Egyptian Journalist Uses Indiegogo for Help

Hong Kong Media's Credibility Problem

The deteriorating press freedom conditions in Hong Kong and the prosumer culture in the new media era has twisted the result of a news credibility survey.

10 January 2014

Arrested for Calling Zambia's President Michael Sata a ‘Sweet Potato’

Catholic Priest turned politician Father Frank Bwalya called President Michael Sata a crooked sweet potato that cannot be straightened during a community radio show.

9 January 2014

South Korea: Political Revenge on Whistleblower?

Hindus Attacked in Bangladesh for ‘Crime’ of Voting

"Wasn't the election for everybody? So why are Hindus being targeted? Or did only Hindus vote? So are they not free to exercise their rights?"

8 January 2014

Prominent Russian Actor Asks Putin to Recriminalize Sodomy

RuNet Echo

A prominent Russian actor, Ivan Okhlobystin, is making headlines for his latest homophobic act: a public letter addressed to Vladimir Putin, asking the President to recriminalize sodomy in Russia.

7 January 2014

A Russian Sex Slave's Suicide in Astrakhan

RuNet Echo

No one saw Galia Borisenko for until New Year's, when she appeared at her grandmother’s, gaunt and disoriented, and claiming to have survived almost 6 months as a sex slave.

6 January 2014

A Year of Campaigns for Iran

Hope is alive in Iran for improving the situation for fellow citizens. Here are some of the campaigns we followed in 2013.

Censorship, Prosecution Drive Exodus of Opinion Leaders from China's Sina Weibo

China's crackdown on online "rumor-mongering" has led many opinion leaders to quit Sina Weibo, the country's most popular social media platform.

‘China New York Times'? Welcome to Tycoon Chen Guangbiao's Dream

"Without the belief of American freedom, can the New York Times still be the New York Times?"

5 January 2014

Egypt: The Muppets Intelligence Agency

In Egypt, a Muppet-like character is being accused of sending coded messages to terrorists. Amr Tarek explains why this puppet is on trial.

China: Most Favorite Censored Micro-blogs

4 January 2014

Opposition Rallies and Public Gatherings Now Banned in Cambodia

After the dispersal of striking workers in Cambodia, the government has banned Opposition rallies in the capital. Even the public gathering of two persons is now prohibited by the police.

2 January 2014

South Korean Authorities Discredit Dissenting Voices as ‘Not-Real’ News

One media veteran said 'once the government gets to decide what is 'news' or not, news report in that nation disappears and only propaganda are left'.

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