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· June, 2014

Stories about Freedom of Speech from June, 2014

18 June 2014

Just Google It? Not In China, Where Google Remains Blocked

Google search, Gmail and Google Scholar are only accessible thanks to VPNs and mirror sites in China ever since they were blocked in late May before the Tiannamen massacre anniversary.

15 June 2014

Revolutionary Band Laal's Facebook Page is Now Accessible in Pakistan. Hooray? Not Really.

Advox

The unblocking of Laal was a minor battle won in the war over Internet content -- a war we are losing.

14 June 2014

Social Media Sites Unblocked in Iraq, But is the Worst Yet to Come?

"Apparently blockage of social media sites were removed now in #Iraq, the fear is that the Gov is getting ready 2 cut the Internet," tweets Mohamed Najem.

13 June 2014

Why Some Minorities in France Vote for the Far-Right Political Party Front National

Front National has a hardline position on immigration, but people of non-French origin did vote for the party. Some said they were concerned about the country's declining economy.

Twitter, Facebook and YouTube are Blocked in Iraq

Advox

Local media and at least one ISP are reporting that the Ministry of Communications ordered Internet providers to shut down Google and social media sites, fearing security risks.

Thailand's Coup Regime Tries to Woo People With Free World Cup Telecasts and Massages

Free concerts, free food, free medical check-ups, free movies, free haircut, and now free telecast of all World Cup Games. Thailand's coup regime is serious in wooing public support.

11 June 2014

Kazakh “Bloggers” Program Gets to the Real News

Some Clarity on New Russian Blogger Regulations

RuNet Echo

The Russian agency in charge of regulating the Internet, Roskomnadzor, has released a new document detailing how laws governing blogs will operate when they comes into effect later this summer.

9 June 2014

Kyrgyzstan's Anti-Gay Bill Preserves “Historical Values”, Violates Constitution

Kyrgyz lawmakers will soon vote on "mystical" legislation set to make life even more challenging for the country's harassed LGBT community. But don't they have more important things to do?

Sharia Law and Free Speech in Brunei

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.

7 June 2014

Are Bangladesh's “Men In Black” Fighting Crime or Killing for Money

Bangladesh's elite crime-combat force, the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) is under intense scrutiny for alleged cases of abductions, torture and extra judicial killings.

Pakistan's First Online Hate Speech Report Is Out, And It Isn't Pretty

Pakistan's first ever empirical research report on online hate speech is out. Global Voices interviewed Shahzad Ahmad, Director of Bytes For All, the advocacy organization that conducted the study.

4 June 2014

Man Arrested for ‘Insulting’ Tajik President on Facebook

As Tajik Rap Gets Political, Authorities Resort to Bans and Pressure

Rap often gets much more political than other musical genres in Tajikistan. The authorities respond by banning hip-hop and forcing homegrown rappers to become more "patriotic".

3 June 2014

Thailand's Coup Protesters Are Looking to The Hunger Games for Inspiration

Protest ban? No problem for anti-coup protesters in Thailand as they adopted the 'Hunger Games' salute while some conducted 'read-in' activities in public places.