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· March, 2014

Stories about Freedom of Speech from March, 2014

20 March 2014

Russia Today's YouTube Glitch Spurs Censorship Fears

RuNet Echo

Russia's liberals seemed to be torn between their principles and a clear opportunity for schadenfreude at a Kremlin-friendly station being blocked.

17 March 2014

Inside #SOSVenezuela: “People of the World, Help Us!”

Blogger Kira Kariakin writes about the ongoing protests in Venezuela for Future Challenges. She reviews the protesters' demands, the role of mainstream and social media, and analyzes what's to come.

16 March 2014

What Does Russia's Top Blogger Think About Crimea?

RuNet Echo

Before Alexey Navalny's LiveJournal blog was blocked late last week for breaking the terms of his house arrest, he published a long opinion piece on the situation in Ukraine.

The Hidden Rules of Chinese TV Series Censorship

Chinese film and TV directors often blame strict censorship for losing domestic viewers. But what limits do censorship place on the content of Chinese TV series?

14 March 2014

GV Face: Happy 25th Birthday, Web!

GV Face

What's the difference between the Internet and the Web? Why is an open web so important? An all-star panel of techies and rights defenders talks it out on GV Face.

13 March 2014

Update: Russia Blocks Fifth Liberal Website

Russia Blocks Four Opposition Media Portals

RuNet Echo

"I don't even know if anyone is reading this anymore." - Putative opposition leader Alexey Navalny in his blog which was blocked today by order of Russia's Attorney General's office.

12 March 2014

Syria: I Am Aleppo, Aleppo Is Me

The Bridge

"Aleppo and I are alike: worn down, full of fire, confused," writes blogger/activist Marcell Shehwaro, in the first article in a series about life in Syria during the ongoing conflict.

Activists Mobilize for Passage of Brazil's Internet Bill of Rights

Academics and Experts to Discuss Digital Discrimination in Barcelona

11 March 2014

Facebook Status Criticizing Crimea Occupation Gets Journalist Fired

RuNet Echo

Russians ask if Putin can also come "occupy" them, if it means increased funding for the peripheral regions.

Russia's Crackdown Ahead of Crimea's Referendum

RuNet Echo

Amidst the crackdown, eyes now turn to March 15, when Muscovites will demonstrate against Russian intervention in Ukraine, a day before Crimean voters decide between secession and expanded autonomy.

Mexican Government Censors Website That Documents Human Rights Abuses

The closing of a website that denounces human rights abuses has revealed an alleged censorship collaboration between the Mexican and US governments.

Prep the Tinfoil: Four Hoaxes Shaping Ukraine-Russia Conflict

RuNet Echo

Yanukovich is dead! American Navy to the rescue! Mars attacks Kiev! Ninjas kidnap the President! Are you a bad enough dude to read this article?

6 March 2014

Countering Hate Speech in Tokyo's Koreatown

Shin-Okubo, a district in Tokyo with high concentration of ethnic Korean residents, has been experiencing an escalation of anti-Korean protests by some extremely racist citizen groups in recent years.

Protesters in Brazil: ‘There Will Not Be a World Cup!’

"Our purpose is to stop the World Cup! To show nationally and internationally that the popular power does not want the Cup!" Agência Pública reports on this movement.