· June, 2014

Stories about Freedom of Speech from June, 2014

Kazakh “Bloggers” Program Gets to the Real News

  11 June 2014

Kazakhstan's online program Блогеры (bloggers), presented by Angela Garipova does [ru] a good job of covering socially relevant themes that the country's state-directed media doesn't always get to via funky footage and the views of Kazakhstani social media users. This week the program looked at the decision of the regional government of...

Sharia Law and Free Speech in Brunei

  9 June 2014

The Sharia Law has created more difficulties in enhancing free speech and media freedom in Brunei. Dissenting voices were stifled after the Sultan threatened legal action against critics.

Free Speech Remains Under Threat in Myanmar

  2 June 2014

Deji Olukotun observes how Myanmar's so-called transition to democracy has not yet made a lasting impact on the state of free expression in the country: …in many ways Myanmar’s relatively open society could close at a moment’s notice. Writers are able to write and to criticize the government not because...

Why Human Rights Advocates are Opposed to East Timor's Draft Media Law

  2 June 2014

Various human rights groups, journalists, and scholars have signed a letter opposing East Timor's proposed media law which was recently approved by the Parliament. One of the issues they cited is the broad powers given to the Press Council: …we are concerned that the Press Council with legal authority, funding...

Cuban Journalists & Bloggers

  1 June 2014

One side questioned the silence of the press on issues of interest to the public and the other cast doubt on the convenience of publishings posts with ‘incendiary’ news. Havana Times looks at the divide between journalists and bloggers, making the point that this “runs counter to the fusion that...

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