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· October, 2015

Stories about Freedom of Speech from October, 2015

11 October 2015

Refugees Take Over Danish Daily Newspaper For a Day to Tell Their Stories

The Danish daily newspaper Information invited 12 refugees, some newly arrived, all professional journalists, to take over the entire 48 pages of the newspaper on Friday, October 9.

10 October 2015

At Least 86 Killed in Explosions at Ankara Peace Rally

The October 10 attack was the biggest in Turkey's history, carried out as the country prepares for a November 1 election that appears increasingly unfeasible.

Political Cartoons Defy Censorship to Expose Thai-Style ‘Democracy’

A political cartoonist who criticized Thailand's military-backed government has become the latest journalist to be summoned by the army for "attitude-adjustment."

Belarus Catches Up to Russia With Its Own Pro-government ‘Troll Factory’

RuNet Echo

Leaked emails published on ElectBy suggest pro-government Belarusian Republican Youth Union directs its local chapters to leave negative comments on articles about recent opposition rallies.

9 October 2015

Angolan Activist's Health in Danger After Nearly Three Weeks of Hunger Strike in Prison

Luaty Beirao, reportedly in critical condition, was arrested in June with 14 others on accusations of plotting a coup. He and the others maintain they were merely discussing peaceful protest.

8 October 2015

Stopped and Frisked by Facebook: ‘Real Name’ Policy Puts Speech Before Privacy

The Bridge

Facebook has a long way to go before they can fully appreciate the responsibility they carry when they decide to dictate what and who is "real" in the world.

Netizen Report: Is Egypt Blocking Voice Calls on WhatsApp and Skype?

Advox

Lebanon arrests two over Facebook posts, Venezuela blocks Bitcoin sites in crusade against foreign currency, and the EU takes 'Safe Harbor' away from US tech companies.

Arrest and Prison Time for Journalists and Bloggers over Facebook Posts in Lebanon

Advox

Two Lebanese Facebook users found themselves sentenced to prison for posts they wrote on the social networking site.

Belarusian Author and Journalist Svetlana Alexievich Wins 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature

RuNet Echo

Alexievich is the 14th woman to win a Nobel Prize in Literature, and the first Russian-language author to be granted the honor since 1987, when Joseph Brodsky received the prize.

6 October 2015

Turkey Puts a Gun to the Media's Head in Lead-Up to Elections

Advox

Information campaigns and physical intimidation that once targeted Kurdish and leftist media are now being aimed at major media outlets of all kinds.

5 October 2015

Murder and Abortion Cases Highlight Continuing Injustices Against Women in Colombia

A female journalist's brazen murder and the news of an actress facing criminal charges for an abortion reminds Colombians that justice is not carried out equally when it involves women.

3 October 2015

Fears for Imprisoned Syrian Bassel Khartabil, Transferred to an Unknown Location

Advox

Activists are calling upon the Syrian government to immediately release imprisoned Syrian-Palestinian blogger Bassel Khartabil (Safadi) after he was moved from his prison to an unknown location earlier today.

2 October 2015

Kidnapped, But Sameera Is Ever-Present in the Memories of Syrians

The Bridge

Yasin Al Hajj Saleh is a teacher of hope. If he was able to smile in the face of hope, what is your excuse?

Thai Netizens Stage ‘Virtual Sit-in’ Against Single Internet Gateway Plan

Advox

"The single benefit is to the government and security agencies. They will be able to secretly wiretap, filter, and censor everything that is sent and received by every Internet user."

Meet ‘Droncita,’ Mexico's First Graffiti-Artist Drone

On the first anniversary of the Iguala mass kidnapping, Droncita's first act was to graffiti a portrait of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, demanding his resignation.

1 October 2015

New Leak Details Kremlin’s Plans For a Russian ‘National Internet’

RuNet EchoAdvox

The leak by Anonymous International reveals plans for the concept of a “national information platform” in Russia, which effectively describes the creation of an alternative Russian Internet.

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