· December, 2011

Stories about Freedom of Speech from December, 2011

Iran: Where Is My Classmate?

  14 December 2011

Several empty chairs in Iran's universities were formerly occupied by students who have now vanished or been expelled. This year Tahkim Vahdat, a leading student protest group, called for an “Empty Seat Campaign” on December 7 to remember the victims of religious and government repression in universities.

Bangladesh: Restriction In The Hills

  14 December 2011

Unheard Voice blog reports that the Bangladesh government has recently imposed strict restrictions on travels of foreign nationals to the Chittagong Hill Tracts. Also, foreign nationals will not be allowed to hold discussions with any indigenous groups or religious groups without the presence of a responsible officer.

Honduran Journalist Protest Against Violence

  14 December 2011

Honduras Daily reports on a protest held by journalists in Tegucigalpa on December 13: “The media personnel demanded a cease to the violence, and respect for the freedom of expression. ‘Justice! Justice! Justice!’ journalists shouted as they marched toward the President’s home.”

Brazil: A Book on Fraudulent Privatizations

  14 December 2011

Brazilian filmmaker Jorge Furtado comments on [pt] a book that he considers to be the best of 2011: “Privataria Tucana”. The title is a play with words that links piracy, privatization and toucans, the symbol of the Social Democrat Party (PSDB). The book exposes policies of privatization carried out during...

Hungary: Public Media Trade Union Leaders on Hunger Strike

  14 December 2011

Redjade, a Hungary-based activist, published a video interview [en] with Balázs Nagy-Navarro, the leader of the public media trade union. Nagy-Navarro went on hunger strike with two of his colleagues after the Hungarian public television MTV broadcast a report in which chief judge Zoltán Lomnici was blurred from the background...

Brazil: Youth Demands for “Real Democracy Now”

  13 December 2011

Brazilian journalist and blogger Lucas Morais analyzes [pt] the revolutionary movements that have spread throughout the world in 2011 and says that “this youth has increasingly become more aware of the limits of capitalist democracy, and not for nothing, it is fighting for a ‘real democracy now'”.

Russia: A Critical Eye on Protests

  12 December 2011

Der Unbequeme turns a critical eye on [ger] the ongoing protests in Moscow against the results of parliamentary elections, arguing that protesters are few, divided, and that an actual OSCE-assessment of elections is still lacking.

Cuba: Christmas Lights, No Human Rights

  12 December 2011

“In the long list of the words forbidden in my childhood, there were two in particular that were censored: ‘Christmas’ and ‘Human Rights'”, writes Generation Y, explaining that Christmas has become acknowledged – unlike human rights; Uncommon Sense supports her claim by quoting “one of the island's preeminent human rights...

Brazil: Life of Blogger Ricardo Gama Back Under Threat

  11 December 2011

Controversial Brazilian blogger Ricardo Gama, who was shot on a politically motivated attack back in April, now informs [pt] he has received new death threats in the last few days on his video-blog. Gama, a prolific blogger from Rio de Janeiro, often criticizes and denounces the government of the state.

Russia: “Why Are Russians Protesting Now?”

RuNet Echo  11 December 2011

On Saturday, the world watched the biggest show of political activism seen in Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union. This is hardly the first time Putin's Russia has been accused of undemocratic policies, so the question is, "Why are Russians protesting now?"

Russia: An “Ethical Revolution”

RuNet Echo  11 December 2011

Photographer Oleg Klimov posts photos from the Dec. 10 rally in Moscow and describes it [ru] as an “ethical revolution”: “The issue at stake wasn't that of social justice, but of ethics. The regime has violated the universal laws of human ethics with its political technologies, and this is what...

Russia: Ukrainian Blogger's Photos From the Moscow Rally

RuNet Echo  10 December 2011

Kyiv-based blogger Oleksandr Arhat (LJ user olarhat) posts a photo report [uk] from the Dec. 10 post-election rally in Moscow, which reminded him of the 2004 post-election protests in Kyiv: “Unbought people, protesting [not in order to get a piece of bread in return]. Doesn't happen every day, especially in...

India: Kapil Sibal vs. the Netizens on Filtering Social Media

  10 December 2011

The Indian Union Communications and IT Minister Kapil Sibal has asked Internet giants such as Facebook, Google and Yahoo to pre-screen derogatory, defamatory and inflammatory content about political leaders and religion. What followed was a wave of insult, ridicule and sarcasm.

Brazil: Constraining Identities Through “Aesthetic Standards”

  10 December 2011

Brazilian journalist and blogger André Forestieri writes [pt] about the rights of an employer to constrain a black employee if he or she does not fit the “aesthetic standards” imposed by society. He illustrates with the case of a student whose teacher in a school she worked wanted her to...

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