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· December, 2015

Stories about Freedom of Speech from December, 2015

16 December 2015

Indonesia Mourns Scholar Benedict Anderson, Who Helped Expose the 1965 Anti-Communist Purge

Indonesians celebrate the life of Professor Benedict Anderson, author of the book "Imagined Communities" and an expert on Southeast Asia at Cornell University. Anderson died last week.

15 December 2015

Is the World Forum for Democracy a Space of Genuine Dialogue?

The Bridge

At this year's World Forum for Democracy in Strasbourg, tolerance for debate and differences of opinion left something to be desired.

China's 2nd World Internet Conference Will Focus on ‘Rule of Law’, But Not Free Expression

Advox

"These conferences have had no credibility ever since the first one, whose real aim was to ensure that Internet companies wanting to operate in China fall into line."

14 December 2015

Ethiopian Netizens Defend Themselves in Court After 525 Days of Detention

Advox

Left to defend themselves in court, Ethiopian netizens reject charges of anti-government activity and describe torture and ethnic discrimination in prison.

Bangladesh Unblocks All Social Media Services (For Now)

Advox

Contradictory statements from authorities have left many Bangladeshis wondering what was behind the ban on Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and other major communications platforms.

Activists Take to the Top of Lviv City Hall to Highlight Human Rights in Ukraine

RuNet Echo

Ukrainian civic activists climbed to the very top of Lviv City Hall to read aloud the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and raise awareness of International Human Rights Day.

Thai Worker Arrested for Mocking the King’s Dog on Facebook

Advox

Authorities will also file sedition charges against the Facebook user for 'liking' and 'sharing' an infographic which explains a corruption scandal involving the military.

Nigerian Lawmakers May Criminalize ‘Abusive’ and Anti-Government Messages Online

Advox

Nigeria's social media landscape is poised for dramatic changes, if lawmakers get their way with a new bill that would make it possible to sentence Internet bullies to prison time.

12 December 2015

Meet the Man Chronicling Macedonia's Twitter Community

He has interviewed about two-hundred and fifty Macedonian Twitter users.

10 December 2015

Netizen Report: Pro-Government Hackers and Constitutional Amendment Put Free Speech Under Fire in Ecuador

Advox

Facebook is back on in Bangladesh, Venezuela sees big changes (and Internet outages) on Election Day and Kazakhstan plans to spy on everyone.

Russia Sentences First Activist to Three Years in Jail for Peaceful Protest

RuNet Echo

Ildar Dadin, jailed for three years for single-person pickets, pleaded not guilty and called the case against him a "shameful persecution based on an unconstitutional law."

9 December 2015

Ecuadorean Political Leader Who Criticized Government Nepotism on Twitter Gets 15 Days in Prison

Advox

A few tweets about an alleged case of nepotism in Ecuador's Government earned Sebastian Cevallos a sentence of 15 days in jail.

8 December 2015

New Draft Law Enables Russia to Ignore International Human Rights Decisions

RuNet Echo

A recently passed draft law could allow the Russian Constitutional Court to review any international human rights decision against Russia, allowing the Kremlin to shirk international human rights obligations.

7 December 2015

After a Year Behind Bars, Journalist Khadija Ismayilova of Azerbaijan is Fearless

Advox

"I am so much wealthier than all the corrupt men and women I have written about. Because I have values for which I am ready to even sacrifice my life."

5 December 2015

New Appointments to the Polish Constitutional Tribunal May Be Unconstitutional

People have been protesting and discussing a recent set of acts passed by Polish parliament, some claiming it is a true threat to democracy in the country.

Nine Consecutive Years of Protests Against Police Repression in Argentina

For nine years, hundreds of Argentinians from the Cordoba province have joined the "Cap March" -- an annual demonstration against police abuses that take refuge under a controversial law.

4 December 2015

Transgender Woman Elected to Venezuelan National Assembly

The first transgender candidate in Venezuelan history hopes to reach the National Assembly and bring up issues like marriage equality and name and gender changes on identity documents.

2 December 2015

Saudi Arabia Sentences Poet to Death and Threatens to Sue Critics of Penal System

Advox

The sentence was criticised far and wide with many taking to social media, comparing Saudi Arabia's penal code and punishments to that executed by ISIS.

Thai Printers Scrub Front-Page Article From The International New York Times

"The article in this space was removed by our printer in Thailand. The International New York Times and its editorial staff had no role in its removal."

1 December 2015

Russia Sees Its First Real Prison Sentence for ‘Promoting Extremism’ on Social Media

RuNet EchoAdvox

A Russian court has handed out a real prison term to a user charged with "propaganda of extremism on social media," sentencing him to one year in a penal colony.

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