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· October, 2014

Stories about Freedom of Speech from October, 2014

16 October 2014

Will Ayotzinapa Case Become Mexico's Political Firestorm or Will It Be Forgotten?

If a mass grave turns out to contain Ayotzinapa's missing students, the tension now in the air might be enough to cause a large-scale political firestorm.

With Just Over 50 Entries, Kremlin Blogger Registry Gets No Love

RuNet Echo

Russia's new blogger law requires popular bloggers to register with the state, but only 52 entries have been added to the registry since it started operations over two months ago.

15 October 2014

Journal from an Ethiopian Prison: The Maekelawi Ceremony

Advox

"We could not carry on surviving the hell of Maekelawi. We ended up telling our interrogators what they wanted to hear."

Facebook's Zuckerberg Promotes Greater Internet Access in Indonesia

Advox

Indonesia has one of the biggest and most active social media communities in the world -- and Mark Zuckerberg wants to get in on the action.

As The Kremlin's Media Crackdown Continues, Blogs Might Be The Final Casualty

RuNet EchoAdvox

With independent online media closing down or moving abroad, Russian bloggers may now be facing even greater pressure from the Kremlin, as their freedom has shrunk dramatically.

Journal from an Ethiopian Prison: Testimony of Befeqadu Hailu

Advox

Original testimony from Befeqadu Hailu, one of four Global Voices members currently jailed in Ethiopia.

14 October 2014

Macedonian Civic Sector Starts Fundraising to Aid Independent Fokus Magazine

Vladimir Putin and Russian Nationalists Don't Get Along. Here's Why.

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo speaks to Egor Prosvirnin, the chief editor of the website "Sputnik & Pogrom," about Vladimir Putin and nationalism in Russia today.

13 October 2014

Will the Right to Be Forgotten Inspire Repressive Regimes to Expand Internet Censorship?

Advox

“These governments will take advantage from this directive. Powerful people will be able to hide disgraceful actions for their own e-reputation," says Tunisian Internet advocate Dhouha Ben Youssef.

10 October 2014

A Student Movement Against a Mishandled Sexual Abuse Investigation Rocks West Bengal

Students, as well as members of the general public, have mounted a sudden and effective campaign to express their outrage with the way authorities have handled a recent molestation case.

9 October 2014

GV Face: Alaa Abd El Fattah and Maryam Al Khawajah on Hunger Strikes, Jail-time, and Activism in Egypt and Bahrain

GV Face

Hundreds of political prisoners are currently on hunger strike in Egypt and Bahrain.

8 October 2014

With an Eye on China's Future, Mainlanders Brave Arrest to Support Hong Kong's Umbrella Revolution

At least 34 activists in China had been arrested. Some in mainland China hope a win for democracy in Hong Kong will mean democratic development at home.

7 October 2014

Macedonian Appellate Court Confirms Defamation Verdict for Independent Magazine

Freedom of media suffered another blow in Macedonia when the appellate court confirmed that Fokus magazine must pay almost 9,000 euros to a high government official in a defamation suit.

Facebook Weighs In on the Ukraine-Russia Takedown Dispute

RuNet EchoAdvox

RuNet Echo talks with Facebook about content takedowns, community standards, and the social media war in Ukraine, where users on all sides resort to desperate measures.

6 October 2014

Why Singapore Artists Rejected the Government's Self-Censorship Scheme

Singapore’s decision to ban a political documentary has renewed the debate over the country's policies that undermine the freedom of artists.

The Invisible Violence of Cyber War in Hong Kong's Umbrella Revolution

Advox

Nearly all major pro-democracy organizing platforms and media sites have been knocked offline over the past ten days. And mainstream media hasn't said a word about it.

The Struggling Free Press in Myanmar

4 October 2014

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Does ‘Ask-Me-Anything’ on Russian Geek Forum

RuNet Echo

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin showed up on a Russian geek forum this morning to do an "Ask-Me-Anything" style Q&A session with its users.

2 October 2014

What Protesters in Hong Kong (and Anywhere Else) Should Know About FireChat

Advox

Two leading security experts explain the risks in using FireChat -- and offer some simple tips for digital safety in a protest environment.

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