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· April, 2015

Stories about Freedom of Speech from April, 2015

16 April 2015

New Internet Rules in China Target Usernames, Avatars as Subversive Tools

Advox

More than 67,000 user accounts have been deleted due to a new rule that prohibits screen names and profile pictures that threaten national security, destroy ethnic unity, or defame others.

What Does Censoring Nude Art Say About Us and Our Social Networks?

Advox

This post is the first in a series exploring the different ways in which artists face censorship online. Our base will be the experience of Venezuelan artist Erika Ordisgotti.

Kuwait, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia Silence Anti-War Voices on Yemen

Gulf Arab countries are stepping up the war on anti-war activists in the region. Both Kuwait and Bahrain have jailed activists for speaking up against the Saudi-led war on Yemen.

13 April 2015

Google Denies Russian Media Claims on Data Localization Move

RuNet EchoAdvox

Google representatives have denied Russian media reports that Google was bowing to Russia's demands and moving to store Russian users' data on servers inside the country, calling them "inaccurate."

Mocking Ecuador’s President Can Cost You Online Anonymity

11 April 2015

Fifteen Years After Shootings, No Justice for Gambian Students

Fifteen years after security officers killed over a dozen students, a journalist and red cross volunteer, Gambians are still asking for justice.

Malaysia’s New Law Targets Online Sedition

Advox

"This latest curtailment of freedom of expression further restricts public discourse and will create a void in Malaysian social media and a deafening silence in news forums."

Pakistani University Students Protest Against State Censorship Over Balochistan

Pakistan's intelligence services and their social media supporters equate academic debate on Balochistan with treachery. The student body of the university they muffled has struck back.

10 April 2015

Are Google and eBay Bowing to the Kremlin's Data Localization Demands?

RuNet EchoAdvox

Google and eBay may be caving to Russia's data localization law, a move that would leave users even more vulnerable to state surveillance than they are today.

Defending Internet Free Speech and Anonymity in Ecuador

The Kremlin Declares War on Memes

RuNet Echo

By saying it is illegal to add celebrities’ images to certain memes, the Kremlin could be opening the door to banning a whole genre of absurdist online humor.

9 April 2015

Did Pakistani Spies Just Kill a University Debate on Balochistan?

Public discussions on Balochistan's war are rare. Pakistan's largest, least-populated and poorest province is witnessing its fifth separatist movement since 1947.

7 April 2015

Sixty Million Russians Go Online Daily, New Report Shows

RuNet Echo

Russia now boasts higher Internet penetration than any other BRICS or CIS country, with over 60 percent of Russian adults regularly using the web.

Are the World's Biggest Internet Companies Under the Turkish President's Thumb?

Advox

Turkey's ruling party is becoming accustomed to getting its way more often than not in its long-running war on social media users.

Nigeria's King of Lagos Threatens Igbo People to Vote His Way—or Die

" If you do what I want, Lagos will continue to be prosperous for you. If you go against my wish, you will perish in the water."

6 April 2015

Turkey Blocks Twitter, YouTube, Scores of Websites After Prosecutor’s Killing

Advox

After photos of public prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz with a gun pointed to his head began circulating on Twitter, hundreds of news sites and social networks were blocked.

Meet Mexico's Crowdfunding Campaign Against Censorship and Bots

5 April 2015

Thailand’s New Security Law ‘Annihilates Freedom of Expression’

Advox

Thailand's military-backed government lifted martial law in the country but signed a new order which gave broad powers to army personnel.

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