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· December, 2015

Stories about Law from December, 2015

31 December 2015

What to Expect From Russia's State Censor in 2016

RuNet EchoAdvox

The head of Russia's state censor discusses the normalcy of media restrictions, the efficacy of blocking online resources, tackling messenger apps, and much more to come in 2016.

Why Millions of Chinese Are Victimized by the Blooming Peer-to-Peer Lending Business

"We trusted China Central Television and have engaged in legal investments. We trusted the government and the deposit should be protected."

30 December 2015

Ecuador Government Seizes TV Channel's Equipment, Leaving It Off the Air

The owner of a popular Ecuadorian TV station that went off the air after the seizure of equipment by the police says the action was motivated by the station's reporting.

Russian Blogger Gets Five-Year Prison Term for ‘Inciting Hate’ Online

RuNet EchoAdvox

Vadim Tyumentsev, a Russian blogger from Tomsk, has been charged with hate speech and calls to extremism online and has received a five-year sentence for videos on YouTube and VKontakte.

One of 2015's Biggest Political Scandals Ends in the Indonesian House Speaker's Resignation

"Indonesia’s public was able to witness, in fascinating and nauseating detail, the mechanics of rent seeking at the highest level."

29 December 2015

Activists Seek to Dispel Abortion Stigma Fueled by the Macedonian Government's Policies

"Because it's about me, the decision whether to abort or not must remain my and only my right."

The Gambia Turns Talk Into Action, Passes Anti-Female Genital Mutilation Bill

After President Jammeh announced an executive ban on the practice hardly a month ago, lawmakers made good on the sentiment.

24 December 2015

Advox by the Numbers: 2015 in Digital Rights

Advox

In 2015, Turkey blocked 166 websites for publishing one controversial image, Thai activists knocked 5 government websites offline in a virtual "sit-in", and Mexico spent $6.3 million on surveillance software.

Is Christmas Really Banned in Brunei?

Yes and no. Non-Muslims can celebrate in their homes and places of worship. And as one netizen commented, "Why is the supposed Christmas 'ban' only reaching Western media now?"

22 December 2015

Meet the People Who Want to Repeal Russia's Draconian Laws

RuNet Echo

A group of Russian intellectuals has created a public council to determine which Russian laws limit human rights and freedoms, and to recommend that such laws be repealed.

21 December 2015

Roscomnadzor Head Claims Google and Apple Are ‘Relocating Servers’ to Russia

RuNet EchoAdvox

Aleksandr Zharov, head of the Russian media watchdog, told journalists Google and Apple were "working on localizing their databases on Russian territory," but said the information was "unofficial."

Russian Activist Gets Two-Year Sentence for ‘Calls to Extremism’ on Social Networks

RuNet EchoAdvox

A Russian court has found activist Darya Polyudova guilty of "public calls to separatism and extremism" on social networks and has sentenced her to two years in a penal colony.

18 December 2015

As Japan Refuses to Accept More Refugees, a Hateful Meme Goes Viral

Though Internet users only recently debunked a false English-language meme about Japan's alleged restrictions on Muslims, it's far from true that Japan necessarily welcomes immigrants and refugees with open arms.

17 December 2015

As Russia Insulates Itself from Human Rights Bodies, State Surveillance Decision Looms

RuNet EchoAdvox

The European Court of Human Rights ruled in favor of a free expression advocate's case against Russian government surveillance. But thanks to a new law, Russia officially does not care.

Poland's Constitutional Tribunal Crisis

Constitutional crisis. Protesters outside the parliament. Enigmatic national addresses. A power struggle between governments. This is Polish politics today.

14 December 2015

Activists Take to the Top of Lviv City Hall to Highlight Human Rights in Ukraine

RuNet Echo

Ukrainian civic activists climbed to the very top of Lviv City Hall to read aloud the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and raise awareness of International Human Rights Day.

2015 Was Boom Times for Corruption in the Caribbean, But Can It Last?

Judging from the alleged corruption that happened in the Caribbean this year, certain regional territories may not improve their ranking in Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index -- or will they?

Nigerian Lawmakers May Criminalize ‘Abusive’ and Anti-Government Messages Online

Advox

Nigeria's social media landscape is poised for dramatic changes, if lawmakers get their way with a new bill that would make it possible to sentence Internet bullies to prison time.

11 December 2015

Bangladesh's Censor Board Blocks the Country's First Chakma-Language Film

There are a number of indigenous groups with unique cultures in Bangladesh. However, their lives and languages are rarely highlighted in Bangladeshi films or national broadcasts.

10 December 2015

Netizen Report: Pro-Government Hackers and Constitutional Amendment Put Free Speech Under Fire in Ecuador

Advox

Facebook is back on in Bangladesh, Venezuela sees big changes (and Internet outages) on Election Day and Kazakhstan plans to spy on everyone.