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19 January 2018

Reuters Journalists Covering Rohingya Conflict in Myanmar Detained for ‘Illegally Acquiring Information’

Global Voices Advocacy

"If Myanmar is serious about democratic reforms, it must accept the right of journalists to work freely and report on topics that make those in power uncomfortable."

17 January 2018

Philippine Authorities Order Shutdown of Rappler News Site, Bringing a Blow to Press Freedom

Global Voices Advocacy

"If this revocation stands, Rappler will effectively be shut down —the first time a news organization will be closed by government since the dictator Marcos declared martial law in 1972."

16 January 2018

How Will Macau's New Cybersecurity Legislation Impact Freedom of Speech?

Global Voices Advocacy

The Macau Civil Servants Association (MCSA) called the proposal to monitor online data through binary code “arbitrary, disproportionate and illegal."

15 January 2018

Nigerian Police Arrest a Journalist and His Brother Over a News Article They Didn't Write

Global Voices Advocacy

"Police have no business raiding a journalist's home and locking him up just because an officer does not like something written in the press."

13 January 2018

This Week in the Caribbean: From ‘Shithole’ Comments to ‘Wining’ Laws

This week, Caribbean netizens rail against the US president's "shithole" comment, discuss violent crime in Jamaica and debate the new "wining" law that will impact Trinidad and Tobago Carnival.

In 2017, Samoa's Parliament Made Libel a Crime. How Will This Affect Bloggers and Social Media?

Global Voices Advocacy

"Concerns about anonymous bloggers should not override the right of citizens to speak freely, without fear of being jailed."

Peruvian Human Rights Activist Sees Similarities Between Maduro's Venezuela and Fujimori's Peru

"Dictatorships not only learn but are sophisticated in their methodology."

Pakistanis Demand #JusticeForZainab, 7-Year-Old Raped and Murdered in Kasur

"12 young girls, have been raped and murdered in the last one year...Failure of Pakistan’s 'Criminal Justice System' lies at the root of this public anger."

12 January 2018

Africans ‘School’ US President on Good Governance After ‘Shithole’ Comment Sparks Global Outrage

"Yes, Africa [has] problems. We don't dispute it. But name calling & outright disrespect by the very nation that has stripped off its resources for years is totally crossing it."

Does Free Speech Mean Free to Preach Hate? An American Fundamentalist Pastor Tests Jamaica’s Limits

"Allowing this American pastor into Jamaica, and giving him platforms at schools to spread his lies would threaten the fundamental rights of Jamaican women, children, and LGBT people."

‘We Have Entered the World of Adulthood, so We'll Do Our Best!’ Japan Marks Coming of Age Day

Reunions, revelry and motorized mischief mark Coming of Age Day in Japan.

Jailed Paraguayan Activists Call Themselves Political Prisoners but the Government Disagrees

"Liberty, for me, is that all men and women have the possibility of working and living with dignity..."

Post-Earthquake Tsunami Scare in the Caribbean Region Highlights a Shaky Range of Preparedness

"I want to know, now what? How will these alerts be communicated to the citizenry that's not on Social Media? This is quite sobering I tell you."

11 January 2018

Netizen Report: Fearful of ‘Fake News’, Lawmakers in France and Brazil Want to Limit Free Speech Before Elections

Global Voices Advocacy

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

India's Biometric ID System Is Leaking Personal Data — And State Agencies Won't Fix the Problem

Global Voices Advocacy

Instead of improving the Aadhaar system, India's unique ID authority is going after journalists who write about its flaws.

With Age Limit Abolished, Ugandans Fear They Are ‘Stuck’ With President Museveni

"32 yrs of inefficiency and we are now stuck with this incompetent, self serving individual whose government is characteristic of nepotism!"

10 January 2018

After Facing Harassment from Authorities, Pakistani Journalist Narrowly Escapes Abduction

Global Voices Advocacy

Taha Siddiqui is the bureau chief for WION news. He also is an avid social media user and critic of the military.

‘If I Don't Oppose Dictatorship, Am I Still a Man?': Chinese Activist Gets Eight Years in Prison

Global Voices Advocacy

Wu Gan, better known by his nickname “Super Vulgar Butcher”, has been active in Chinese human rights circles since 2008.

Despite Threats of Censorship, Documentary Filmmakers Show Human Rights Violations in Western Sahara

Global Voices Advocacy

The film gives audiences a close look at Western Sahara under Moroccan occupation.

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