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Stories about Governance

22 May 2017

Malaysian Editors Face Cybercrime Charges for Posting a Video that Criticized Attorney General

Global Voices Advocacy

In the video, which was taken during a press briefing, a former member of the ruling party called for the resignation of the attorney general.

20 May 2017

Japanese Committee Clears Path for Vague and Controversial Anti-Conspiracy Bill

The legislation will cover nearly 300 crimes if it passes. Critics have argued personal liberties are at stake.

18 May 2017

#FreeThe5KH Campaign Seeks Release of Five Detained Human Rights Activists in Cambodia

The five have been recognized as among the finalists in the prestigious Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders in 2017.

17 May 2017

Political Bad-Mouthing in Trinidad and Tobago Sullies Opening of Stadium Named for Cricketer Brian Lara

Politics and sport may be inextricably linked, as evidenced by the online commentary following the opening of the Brian Lara Stadium in south Trinidad.

The Russian State Media: Champion of Internet Freedom. (From Now On.)

RuNet Echo

With millions of Ukrainians now at risk of losing their beloved online services, Russia's state media did what it often does in unexpected geopolitical situations: it suddenly changed sides.

16 May 2017

As WHO Director-General Election Nears, Ethiopia’s Candidate Is Accused of Cholera Cover-Ups

"Finally! The @NYTimes calls out @WHO DG candidate @DrTedros for covering up cholera epidemic using the euphemism of Acute Water Diarrhea."

12 May 2017

Thailand Threatens to Take Facebook to Court Over Anti-Monarchy Posts

Global Voices Advocacy

Tha Thailand government has given Facebook until Tuesday, May 16, 2017, to remove the 131 remaining 'anti-monarchy' posts.

8 May 2017

Oleg Kashin Explains How Russia Reinvented the Political Rumor Mill

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo translates an article by Oleg Kashin about the messaging app Telegram, focusing on the rise of “channels” dedicated specifically to spreading anonymous political rumors.

7 May 2017

Is This the End of the Fifth Republic in Venezuela?

Maduro's answer to the ongoing protests in the country has been a proposal for changes to the Constitution, which has intensified the distrust and rejection of his rule.

WeChat? Not in Russia You Don't.

RuNet Echo

Last week, Russia’s federal censor blocked WeChat, China’s largest mobile messaging app. According to Russia’s media censor, Roskomnadzor, WeChat failed to register with the federal government.

6 May 2017

The Objectification of Women in the Sri Lankan Press

The representation of women in Sri Lankan media over the years has breached many ethical standards, resulting in the reinforcement of negative stereotypes.

5 May 2017

Wanna Share News on Social Media? With China's New Rules, You'll Need a Permit For That.

Global Voices Advocacy

"It is like asking us to uninstall all the communication tools or else whenever you speak, you could violate the law."

Wikipedia Is Turkey's First Major Censorship Target, Post-Referendum. What Will Be Next?

Global Voices Advocacy

"Whats the aim, to stay uninformed?"

Is India's Aadhaar System an Instrument For Surveillance?

Global Voices Advocacy

"Repeat after me: Aadhaar is surveillance technology masquerading as secure authentication technology."

Nyetflix and Dill: Putin Signs Law Regulating Foreign Online Streaming Services

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Netflix and chill is looking more like Nyetflix and dill in Russia after Vladimir Putin signed into law a bill that restricts foreign streaming services' access to the Russian market.

3 May 2017

Tanzania's President Fires 10,000 Civil Servants Over Forged Qualifications

The decision is part of President John Magufuli's stated drive to reform the civil service.

‘Crusading’ Philippine Environment Minister Shares Her Visits to Open Pit Mines on Facebook

"I clearly saw that the mine tailings had killed the economy of the entire area," wrote the environment secretary on her Facebook page.

2 May 2017

The World’s Largest Biometric Database is Leaking Indian Citizens’ Data — But Keeps On Growing

Global Voices Advocacy

Over the last few months, the Indian twittersphere has been awash with citizens concerned about government websites leaking millions of individual digital ID numbers. On May 1, the Centre for Internet and...

1 May 2017

Navalny's Army Unmasks the State-Supported Radicals Out to Get Him

RuNet Echo

Following last week's startling attack, opposition leader Alexey Navalny is proving how useful it is to have millions of supporters among Russia’s young, energetic Internet users.

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