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· July, 2014

Stories about Freedom of Speech from July, 2014

18 July 2014

Vietnamese Government ‘Opinion Shapers’ Target Activist Facebook Pages

The Facebook accounts of prominent Vietnamese activists have been suspended after being reported for abuse by suspected government supporters known as 'opinion shapers'.

17 July 2014

The World Shouts #FreeAlexSodiqov During Global Vigil

Global Voices' community member Alexander Sodiqov is not a British spy. And #FreeAlexSodiqov is an international movement. This vigil - a month after his arrest - proves it.

The World Cup in Brazil Ended Just Like It Began — With Tear Gas, Stun Grenades and Police Aggression

Activists captured some police officers on film lashing out seemingly with provocation at protesters and journalists.

16 July 2014

Singapore's Libraries Don't Want Kids Reading About Tango the Penguin and Her Two Loving Fathers

Singapore's National Library's has banned three children's books that feature same-sex couples after one person's complaint, calling the decision 'pro-family'. The reading public is not happy.

15 July 2014

This Woman Marched Thousands of Kilometers Across Pakistan For Her Brother and Balochistan's Missing People

The news about the missing persons of Balochistan remains one of the most unheard stories in the world. Activist Farzana Majid has dedicated her life to make these voices heard.

This Russian Journalist Fears ‘Spy Scares’ May Migrate North from Tajikistan

The Bridge

It is nearly a month since Global Voices' Alexander Sodiqov was wrongfully arrested by Tajik authorities on espionage charges. This "Tajik precedent" should concern Russians, too, argues journalist Igor Rotar.

Jamaica's Anti-Gay Protesters Don't Want to Be Called Homophobic

Groups protesting a possible repeal of a colonial-era anti-sodomy law have tried to distance themselves from being labeled "homophobic." Caribbean bloggers insist on calling a spade a spade.

14 July 2014

Putin Tells Rabbis that Goebbels Was “Talented”

RuNet Echo

Vladimir Putin recently called Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi Minister of Propaganda, as a “talented man” in the meeting with an international delegation of rabbis.

These 7 Cases Prove That Online Activism is Under Siege in Saudi Arabia

Advox

Learn about Gulf Center for Human Rights efforts to raise awareness about online activists facing harassment and legal challenges in Saudi Arabia.

If I Were A Dictator, I Would Consider You My Enemy

The Bridge

Marcell Shehwaro adds her voice to #Douma4, the campaign to free leading Syrian human rights activists and opposition figures kidnapped in Douma by Islamist militants.

11 July 2014

As Rockets Rain on Gaza, Facebook Does Nothing to Stop Hate Speech Against Palestinians

A Facebook page featuring multiple posts in Hebrew calling for violence against Palestinians and Arabs has been active for three weeks.

10 July 2014

This Woman Is Leading Baloch Students in Their Struggle for Independence From Pakistan

Women in Balochistan face many challenges, including a heavily male-dominated patriarchal society, lack of infrastructure for education and a low rate of literacy among females.

Mexican Senate Passes #LeyTelecom Laws and Reforms

In Mexico, citizens are expressing their anger over the approval of the #LeyTelecom by the Senate. The law is now being discussed at the Congress.

A Local Serbian Politician Threatened on Facebook to Hit an Activist With a Shovel for Organizing Protests

An activist's call for protests and demands for better reconstruction efforts met online threats from a Serbian city official.

9 July 2014

Brazilian Police Say These Two Men Had Explosives During an Anti-World Cup Protest. Photos and Videos Tell a Different Story

Activists accuse the police of faking evidence to incriminate two men arrested during a protest against the World Cup.

5 July 2014

Detained Brazilian Activist Says, “I'm a Target of a Large and Dirty Political Persecution Campaign”

Everything You Need to Know About Russia's Internet Crackdown

RuNet Echo

To help people keep track of what’s what in Russian cyberspace, we've compiled a list of the most important laws to hit the RuNet in the past two years.

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