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8 September 2016

Stories from 8 September 2016

Maldives Authorities Target Journalists After Al Jazeera Exposes $1.5 Billion Corruption Scandal

Global Voices Advocacy

President Yameen and his associates embezzled millions of dollars, bribed judges and other high-level officials, and used influence to remove government workers who stood in their way.

Algerian Court Upholds Conviction of Activist Jailed for Insulting Islam on Facebook

Global Voices Advocacy

Despite having his sentenced decreased by two years, Bouhafs will still remain in jail for expressing his views.

Hong Kong Lawmaker Receives Death Threat Four Days After Being Elected

NGOs are condemning the persecution of Chu and urging the police to put an end to political violence that threatens the rule of law and freedom of speech.

Chileans Defend Critical Thinking as Officials Consider Changing High School Philosophy Class

"Critical thinking is an ability, a competency that should be developed in physics, in mathematics, in psychology, or in any subject."

Filipino Fishers Living in a Scenic Cove Fight to Save Their Homes From Demolition and Land Grabbing

"Our forefathers have been here, 150 years ago. They were the ones who cleared the area. Now a giant developer wants us to leave the land where we grew up."

Detention of News Site Director Raises Concerns for Venezuela's Freedom of Speech

Global Voices Advocacy

Lawyer and journalist Braulio Jatar was arrested and accused of money laundering, but netizens and journalists believe his reporting on protests against president Nicolas Maduro was the real reason.

Netizen Report: With Gabon's Internet Shutdown, Activists Confront Challenges of Circumventing Censorship

Global Voices Advocacy

Bhutan makes headlines in Facebook defamation case, Paraguay uses censorship to protect children from the Internet, and Iran enters talks with French telco Orange.

India's Bihar Is Failing to Provide Adequate Healthcare to the Rural Poor

One rural health centre in the state is open so infrequently that residents have started using the facility as storage space.

Russia's Pokemon-Go-Playing Atheist Outlaw Has Some Powerful Enemies

RuNet Echo

Out of respect for the blogger, the church says it won't “force Christian forgiveness” or “Christian love,” explaining that he hasn't asked for the former and rejects the latter.

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