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· August, 2014

Stories about Freedom of Speech from August, 2014

More Than a Half Century Later, How Should Jamaica View Its Independence Day?

The learning curve for a people who historically never had a say continues to be a steep one, especially in a climate where corruption was already entrenched.

China Tightens Its Control of Popular Messaging App WeChat With Real-Name Registration

WeChat has grown popular since 2012 and now has almost 400 million active users. It was subject to a crackdown earlier this year, with 100 public accounts shut down.

Cambodia’s Freedom Park, a Site of Protest and Symbol of Free Expression, Reopens

Cambodia's Freedom Park was barricaded by the police after it became the main site of protest actions against the government.

Want to Use Public Wi-Fi in Russia? Let's See Some ID

Internet users in Russia won't be able to use Wi-Fi in public spots anonymously any longer. The Russian government now requires individuals accessing public Wi-Fi to present their IDs.

#BooksForRasul: What Jailed Azerbaijani Human Rights Defenders Need Most? Books.

A former political prisoner invites people to send books to Azerbaijani activist Rasul Jafarov, who has been arrested and will be spending his 30th birthday in jail.

A Weibo Spat Hints at the Battle Brewing Over Journalism's Future in China

Lin Zhibo's appointment as dean of journalism school at Lanzhou University pitted the country's leftist nationalists against liberals pressing for more media freedom.

Shut Your Mouth, Russian Bureaucrat

Russia's government won’t be keeping a promise about restoring certain pension deposits, and one high-ranking economic official is already out of a job thanks to a bizarre online apology.

The Kremlin Is Fighting the Internet by Buying It Up

Once Russia's most independent news portals, Lenta.ru and Gazeta.ru will now host video content from state-run television.

Moscow's Birthday Card to Barack Obama. Is This Racist?

An anonymous group of young people climbed atop the U.S. embassy in Moscow and hung a banner mocking the American President on his 53rd birthday. Was the sign racist?

Another Tajik Blogger Speaks Out For Alexander Sodiqov

Fifty days and counting since Global Voices' Alexander Sodiqov was arrested by authorities in Khorog, Tajikistan. Sodiqov has been released but not acquitted. Here, another Tajik blogger defends his name.

“From the [Four] Compass Points of the Earth Arises a Mighty Cry — #FreeZone9Bloggers!”

From Hong Kong to Islamabad to Cairo to San Francisco, allies across the globe tweeted their support for Ethiopia's Zone9 bloggers, who have been in prison for 102 days.

Barrel Bombs in Syria Continue to Bring Death From Above Despite International Condemnation

The Syrian government has ignored a U.N. Security Council resolution to stop using DIY "barrel bombs," which have been dropped indiscriminately on civilian areas.

Russian-French Opposition Activist Koblyakov Arrested in Bulgaria

Nikolay Koblyakov, founder of the French NGO Free Russia, which for years has organized protests against Putin's regime, was arrested at Sofia Airport on July 29, 2014.

Electronic Witch-Hunts in Bahrain, Israel and the ISIS

Scores of people were arrested and tortured in Bahrain after an online witch-hunt to identify protesters. Today, the same tactic is being used by Israel and the ISIS.

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