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· June, 2015

Stories about Freedom of Speech from June, 2015

17 June 2015

Self-Proclaimed ‘Donetsk People's Republic’ Now Has an Internet Blacklist

RuNet EchoAdvox

A new law in the rebel eastern Ukraine state instituting a blacklist for webpages with content "prohibited in the republic" seems to be targeting Ukrainian media websites.

16 June 2015

Russian Lawmakers Vote to Support First Draft of ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Law

RuNet EchoAdvox

Only one Russian lawmaker voted against the new draft law, with other members of parliament overwhelmingly supporting the "right to be forgotten" regulations for search engines.

15 June 2015

Arbitrary Arrests, Cybercrime, and Mass Mobile Adoption: Monitoring Digital Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa

Advox

Global Voices speaks to Tom Rhodes, the East Africa representative for the Committee to Protect Journalists, about the state of freedom of expression online in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Twitter Discourse Around Putin and Poroshenko in Ukraine and Russia

RuNet Echo

In a new installment of our citizen-media data-analysis project, All The Presidents' Tweets, we use word clouds to visualize the Russian and Ukrainian discourse around Putin and Poroshenko on Twitter.

Local Chinese Authorities Use Internet Slang ‘Ziganwu’ in Their Propaganda Recruitment

Advox

'Ziganwu' are Internet commenters not officially affiliated with authorities but who nevertheless ardently defend the government. China's Sichuan education office has adopted the term as part of recruitment efforts.

12 June 2015

Mexico’s Independent Media Crackdown Threatens Indigenous Radio in Oaxaca

Advox

Community radio stations devoted to indigenous groups in Mexico once more confront governmental limitations on their work, facing off against elites with a distinct set of political ambitions.

Indonesian Groups Rally Online to Demand Justice for Slain Environmentalist

Following a controversial statement by a spokesperson from Indonesia's Navy, various groups united to form "Solidaritas4Jopi," refuting speculation that Peranginangin's killer could have acted in self-defense.

11 June 2015

Hong Kong Social Media Activists Under Fire as Key Electoral Policy Vote Approaches

Advox

Local legal experts suspect that authorities are exploiting Hong Kong's cybercrime laws in an effort to suppress political speech online.

Russia Moves Forward on ‘Right to be Forgotten’ Bill Despite Industry Protests

RuNet EchoAdvox

Lawmakers insist on adopting the new legislation that would require search engines in Russia to delete links to information and content online based on user requests.

What Do Global Voices Contributors Think of Turkey's General Election Results?

"Many people, including non-Muslims, Kurds, and women have entered the parliament, which signals the chance for a more respectful, hardworking and equal politics."

9 June 2015

Facebook Responds to ‘Stop Political Blocking’ Petition by Russians and Ukrainians

RuNet Echo

In a statement posted to Change.org on June 8, Thomas Kristensen, Facebook’s director of policy for Eastern Europe and Russia, explained that the social network stands by its moderation policies

8 June 2015

Monitoring Mexico's Midterm Elections with #BreakTheFear

Advox

During last Sunday's elections in Mexico, the free-speech organization ARTICLE 19 ran a campaign called #RompeElMiedo (#BreakTheFear) to monitor the safety of journalists and human rights activists

7 June 2015

After Citizen Uprising in Burkina Faso and Burundi, Are Niger and Togo Next?

Ahead of Mexico's Vote, a Young Indigenous Woman Asks for an End to Silence Over Deaths and Disappearances

Her criticism of Nobel Peace Prize recipient Rigoberta Menchú's call to vote echoed through social media, adding weight to the argument to annul Mexico's June 7 elections.

6 June 2015

Russian Activist Dons Stilettos and Dog Collar to Protest ‘Sadists’ Law’

RuNet Echo

Submitted to the Duma in late May, the legislation would expand the circumstances under which guards can use force when confronting anything from a prison break to a disobedient prisoner

5 June 2015

Befeqadu Hailu: An Ethiopian Writer Who Refused to Remain Silent

Advox

In the words of Wole Soyinka, “books and all forms of writing are terror to those who wish to suppress the truth.” Befequadu is in jail because he writes.

4 June 2015

The Singapore Government Pulled the Funding for This Comic Book, and Now Readers Only Want It More

"What is the criteria for deciding if a work crosses unacceptable boundaries? Why shouldn't good art be commercially self-sustainable anyway?"

3 June 2015

How Ukrainian Activists Are Fighting Corruption in Courts Using YouTube

RuNet Echo

"Open Court," a group of lawyers and human rights activists, are taking it upon themselves to fight pervasive corruption in the judiciary with online videos, live streams, and legal expertise.

China's Internet Police Launch ‘Speech Inspections’, Chill Critical Voices

Advox

The launch of the "Internet Police Inspection and Law Enforcement" program implies a more coordinated effort in the incrimination of online speech.

Iran Sentences Atena Faraghdani to 12.5 Years for Cartoons

Advox

A Revolutionary Court in Tehran has sentenced artist and civil rights activist Atena Faraghdani to 12.5 years in prison for publishing on Facebook cartoons and criticisms of the government.

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