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· July, 2017

Stories about Freedom of Speech from July, 2017

17 July 2017

Bangladesh's ICT Act Paved the Way for Hundreds of Lawsuits Over Online Speech

Advox

There are currently 319 cases being heard in the courts under Bangladesh's notoriously broad ICT Act. Many of them involve lawsuits against journalists.

Censorship After Death: Chinese Netizens Quietly Mourn Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo

Advox

"After [Liu Xiaobo's] death, any mention of his name in English and Chinese is enough to get messages blocked."

15 July 2017

Netizen Report: Colombian Court Demands Password to Journalist’s Facebook Account

Advox

Mobile internet goes down again in Kashmir, Turkish human rights advocates are detained with no charges, and a Philippine Senator pushes anti-fake news bill.

14 July 2017

Ethiopian Musicians Charged With Terrorism for ‘Inciting’ Song Lyrics

Advox

In the face of government repression, Afan Oromo musicians have risen as a visible -- and audible -- source of inspiration for the opposition movement.

Papua New Guinea Court Issues Gag Order Against Blogger Critical of Electoral Commissioner

Advox

"Dear all, Since I have been restrained by the courts I will be tweeting this image daily until such time I am allowed to tweet freely."

12 July 2017

Myanmar’s Challenging Media Landscape, in Cartoons

Advox

Cartoons published by The Irrawaddy over the course of four years— from 2014 to 2017—reflecting the media milestones and hardships experienced in Myanmar.

11 July 2017

Protesting Mistreatment in Prison, Emirati Activist Survives Six Weeks of Hunger Strike

Advox

Imran al-Radwan is serving a seven-year jail sentence for calling for reform in the UAE.

Notimia, a News Agency That Gives Voice to the Indigenous and Afro-Descendant People in Mexico

Rising Voices

"It is necessary for your own voice to be heard, for you to speak for yourself."

7 July 2017

Netizen Report: Working in the Public Interest Can Get You Arrested

Advox

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Philippine Senator Moves to Criminalize ‘Fake News’ — Could This Lead to Censorship?

Advox

"How does one distinguish between a false report based on an honest mistake and one maliciously spread through print, broadcasting and online?"

3 July 2017

With Facebook, Twitter and YouTube Blocked, Venezuelans Share Tech Advice

Advox

"Never underestimate a blockade on #internetVE just because you know how to change your DNS. It is a violation to EVERYONE's rights."

Myanmar Military Cracks Down on Independent Media, Arrests Three Journalists

Advox

"It is absurd that security forces are using outdated laws to silence and punish journalists who have committed no crime," wrote the editor of The Irrawaddy.

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