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· December, 2014

Stories about Freedom of Speech from December, 2014

15 December 2014

After Grozny Gun Battle, Human Rights Defenders in Chechnya Under Attack

RuNet Echo

Joint Mobile Group is one of Chechnya's last remaining human rights organizations. If it's forced from the republic, the loss to the local population would be difficult to exaggerate.

13 December 2014

A Mexican Protester Interrupted the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony. Now His Mom Would Like a Word.

According to the protester's brother, he was hoping to draw attention to the disappearance and presumed mass murder of 42 Ayotzinapa school students in Mexico.

Ukrainian Hackers Leak Russian Interior Ministry Docs with ‘Evidence’ of Russian Invasion

RuNet Echo

Ukrainian Cyber Forces hacker collective has leaked documents from Russian Interior Ministry servers that activists claim show evidence of Russian military presence in Ukraine.

11 December 2014

Fear of ISIS Threatens Media Freedom in Kyrgyzstan

Advox

A Kyrgyz media outlet refused government requests to delete a reposted video of Kazakh children training in ISIS camps. Now it is partly blocked in both countries.

Jailed Female Photo Journalist on Hunger Strike in Vietnam

Advox

Convicted of plotting to "overthrow" the Vietnamese government, Minh Man was sentenced to nine years in prison. Now she is on hunger strike.

10 December 2014

Azerbaijan's Image Cracks with Arrest of Watchdog Journalist

Advox

The arrest of investigative journalist Khadija Ismayil, on trumped up charges, will test the limits of Azerbaijan's gleaming global image.

What Does Japan’s State Secrecy Act Mean for Free Expression?

Advox

Japan’s controversial State Secrecy Act became law on Wednesday, December 10. The law imposes strict penalties on leakers of state secrets.

9 December 2014

A New Filtering System Could Slow Down RuNet. And Then There's the Censorship

RuNet EchoAdvox

Internet filtering at ISP level might become reality in Russia by the end of 2014. This would slow down Internet speeds and introduce more surveillance and censorship in the RuNet.

Why Going Viral Was a Source of Fear for One Hong Kong Citizen Journalist

Advox

Hung Lai Fong published an article under her real name about Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests, and when it became widely read, she began to fear retaliation from China.

4 December 2014

Ukraine's New “Ministry of Truth” Ridiculed on Social Media

RuNet Echo

The creation of a new Ministry of Information Policy within the Ukrainian government has caused widespread consternation among Ukrainians, leading critics to dub it the "Ministry of Truth."

3 December 2014

Ethiopia's Zone9 Bloggers Face the Limits of International Law

AdvoxThe Bridge

The Zone9 case proves that in Ethiopia, international human rights standards -- and even national law -- are employed or ignored as political powers please.

2 December 2014

Syria's Women of Mazaya in Response to Arson Attack: “We Will Carry On”

"Raising awareness among women, who are the key element in building society in Syria is detrimental to the goals of these radical groups."

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