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· May, 2014

Stories about Freedom of Speech from May, 2014

Free Speech Curtailed as Thailand Declares Martial Law

After controlling the newsroom of 14 TV stations, the Thai army has closed down 2,000 radio stations across the country. Army insists martial law is not a coup.

Only in Thailand: Coup Without a Coup

The Thai army declared martial law across Thailand to solve the country's political crisis but it insisted that there was no coup.

Ethiopia: #FreeZone9Bloggers Trending on Tumblr

The Courageous Career of Slain French Photojournalist Camille Lepage

Camille Lepage was killed while covering the conflict in the Central African Republic. As a journalist, she was determined to cover stories in Africa often ignored by western media.

Pakistan's Sindh Province Still Wants to Censor WhatsApp, Viber and Skype

Guyana: Remembering Walter Rodney

“Ban” From Barbados Central Bank Prompts Defense of Press Freedom

Barbados' Central Bank Governor attempts to strip a newspaper of its privileges, prompting a barrage of blog posts questioning his suitability to the post and supporting freedom of the press.

Southeast Asian Journalists Speak Out for Press Freedom

The views expressed by Southeast Asian journalists highlighted the continuing challenges and even growing difficulties faced by the press in the region.

Spanish Government Threatens to Censor Social Media

Many politicians have been offended by comments on Twitter on the assassination of the president of the Province of León, and demand a greater control of social media.

Being Gay in a Homophobic Caribbean

Today is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Two regional bloggers have taken note; one shares his experience of what it is like to be gay in the Caribbean.

Sultan Suleimanov on the RuNet's Last Chance

Suleimanov attended an invitation-only meeting at Roscomnadzor, the Russian government's chief censorship agency, which is tasked with enforcing a series of recent laws that limit the freedom of information online.

Countdown to the End of Twitter in Russia

The deputy director of Russia’s chief censorship agency, Roscomnadzor, has threatened to order a block on Twitter or Facebook entirely, in a matter of minutes.

Why Chadian Students Braved Arrest and Stormed Their Embassy in Algeria

Hisham Almiraat interviews blogger Makaila Nguebla about student leader Issa Kelei's arrest and the condition of Chadian students in Algeria.

GV Face: Freeing Ethiopia's Zone 9 Bloggers

Nine bloggers and journalists -- four of them Global Voices members -- are currently being detained in Ethiopia because of their work. Learn how you can support the #FreeZone9Bloggers campaign!

Macedonian Site Takes Satirical Stance on Freedom of Expression Issues

South Korean TV Reporters Apologize for Their Flawed Ferry Coverage

Young journalists for KBS (Korea Broadcasting System) have confessed that their ferry disaster reports were biased and too pro-government.

Japan's Yu Terasawa Named ‘Information Hero’ by Reporters Without Borders

Ugandan Bloggers Demand the Release of Ethiopian Bloggers

Two Activists Arrested During Electoral Crackdown in Algeria

Mohand Kadi and Moez Benncir had the misfortune of sipping a coffee on a terrace at the same time as opposition movement Barakat! staged a demonstration ahead of presidential elections.

Join the #FreeZone9Bloggers Tweetathon on May 14

Join Global Voices bloggers for an Africa-wide tweetathon in support of the nine bloggers and journalists arrested in late April and currently being detained in Ethiopia.

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