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· February, 2019

Stories about Freedom of Speech from February, 2019

8 February 2019

Uganda's social media tax is leaving people disconnected — and failing to meet revenue targets

Advox

Prior to the tax's implementation, 47.4 percent of people in Uganda were using the internet. Three months later, that number had fallen to 35 percent.

7 February 2019

Netizen Report: Philippine news outlet faces ‘cyber libel’ charges

Advox

Philippines DOJ takes another swing at Rappler news site, Facebook tackles disinformation in Indonesia and Russia moves to outlaw fake news.

Is there political interference in the public television network of Timor-Leste?

"There have been several attempts at political interference on me and directly on journalists to try to influence editorial content."

6 February 2019

#FreeAmade: Journalist arrested and tortured after reporting on violence in northern Mozambique

Advox

The journalist was detained by Mozambican police while reporting a story in Cabo Delgado.

3 February 2019

Russian ‘anti-fake news’ bill rushed through parliament despite vocal opposition

RuNet EchoAdvox

Both the "anti-fake news" bill and its twin initiative against offending the authorities use Germany and other Western countries' laws as inspiration.

1 February 2019

With tensions rising ahead of 2019 presidential elections, Nigerians fear internet shutdown

Advox

The use of social media to call attention to the government's violations and illegal actions have led to fears that of online censorship in upcoming elections.

Pressure mounts for Thailand to free Melbourne-based Bahraini refugee Hakeem al-Araibi

"Australia just gave our highest award to 2 divers for risking their lives to rescue 12 Thai boys from underground caves. We know where Hakeem is. He just needs a...

Portugal grapples with its own racism after video of police brutality goes viral

Many reactions were observed on social media, some in support of the immigrants and others who think the police's handling of the situation was appropriate.