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23 June 2014

Stories from 23 June 2014

Russian Bureaucracy’s Race to Police the Web

RuNet Echo

"...the most frightening truth may be that Russia’s law enforcement agencies don’t always wait for lawmakers to grant them formal authority when it comes to policing the Internet."

Costa Rica's Pre-Columbian Stone Spheres Declared World Heritage

African Union Moves Towards Gagging Free Speech Online

Mexican Bloggers Support Their National Team

Global Voices Members Win Knight News Challenge Awards To Strengthen the Internet

Two Global Voices members emerge as winners in the 2014 Knight News Challenge competition, results of which were announced today.

Jonbeel, a Barter Market in the 21st Century

‘Happy’ in Thailand? How the Coup Regime Is Still Suppressing Democracy

Global Voices Advocacy

Mass media is being censored, Facebook is under fire and even the Hunger Games salute has been outlawed. Are Thais truly "happy" under the military regime?

TV Networks in Africa Squabble Over World Cup Broadcast Rights

Thanks to legal battles and network decisions, some fans on the continent might have a more complicated time tuning in to the World Cup.

Alexander Sodiqov Is Not the First Person to Be Arrested in Tajikistan for Doing His Job

The Tajik government's arrest of Alexander Sodiqov for conducting academic research in Tajikistan's troubled GBAO region echoes the arrest of a BBC journalist in the same country three years ago.

The Inca Road Is a New World Heritage Site

Twitter's Game of Cat and Mouse in Russia

RuNet Echo

A pattern is emerging in the relationship between the Kremlin and Twitter, where Moscow makes sweeping demands of the website and then touts the resulting compromise as a victory.

Stop Using Growth as an Excuse to Pollute, African Activists Say

The impact of 2014 World Environment Day on Africa: The need for growth on the continent does not absolve nations from protecting the earth, African advocates say.

People in Hong Kong Have a Legitimate Reason to Freak Out When Facebook Is Down

Denial-of-service attacks in Hong Kong have recently targeted an online referendum on democratic reform and a media outlet critical of Beijing. Some suspect mainland China are behind the attacks.

Australian Shock and Outrage at Egyptian Sentencing of Al Jazeera Journalists

Journalists have led the way on social media in expressing Australians' shock over the prison sentences for the Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt.

Debunking Rumors that Algerian Fans Burned Down a Church in Lyon, France after World Cup Win

Hundreds of Thousands of Hong Kongers Are Defying China and Demanding the Right to Nominate Their Next Leader

A total of 700,000 people have already voted in an unofficial referendum on democratic electoral reform, despite condemnation from China and massive DDoS attacks against the website.

5 Places in Brazil Where People Were Protesting, Not Cheering During the World Cup Kick-Off

Not everyone in Brazil was excited to see the World Cup. Groups around the country staged protests against the money spent on the tournament instead of on the people.

Chile Will Build the Biggest Telescope on Earth

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