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8 June 2017

Stories from 8 June 2017

A Mozambican Politician Who Was Imprisoned for Corruption Returns to His Post After Release

"I do not believe that somebody should be rewarded like this, somebody who has at some point seriously offended the state."

Indian Journalists Demand Press Freedom Protections After State Agents Raid Broadcaster Offices

Advox

“We have one message to those who are trying to destroy the institutions of India and everything it stands for: we will fight for our country and overcome these forces."

Netizen Report: Gulf States Say ‘Pro-Qatar’ Speech Now Constitutes Cybercrime

Advox

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

There Are 23 Indian-Language Wikipedias. The Oldest Just Turned 15.

The Bridge

It has yet to be included in Google Translate, but Odia was the first Indian language to make an appearance on Wikipedia, 15 years ago.

Russia Might Ditch Its Failed ‘Bloggers’ Registry’

RuNet Echo

Russian lawmakers in the State Duma have introduced legislation that would abolish the so-called “Bloggers’ Registry” created in 2014, which saddles popular bloggers with special regulations.

Myanmar Activist Charged with Defamation for Livestreaming a Satirical Play about the Army

Advox

“I streamed it live so that my friends could watch it because my son participated in the drama. I did not intend to defame the military," the activist told reporters.

A Video Ad That Suggests Black Isn't Beautiful Sparks Outrage in Malaysia

"Pull out the ads and sign your boss and agency up for social sensitivity 101 class please," wrote a Twitter user, addressing Watsons health and beauty chain.

At Annual LGBT Event, Singapore Kicks Out Foreigners and Puts Up Barricade

"These new laws are actually keeping families apart: Singaporeans with non-resident spouses or relatives will not be able to attend Pink Dot together.”

China Bans ‘Soft Burial’, an Award-Winning Novel About the Deadly Consequences of Land Reform

'[...] as for the living, when they seal off their past, cut off their roots, reject their memories, either consciously or subconsciously, their lives are soft buried in time.'

Local Elections in Mexico Foretell a Fierce Presidential Race

In elections marred with irregularities, the ruling party retained its main stronghold, while challenger López Obrador suffered a setback ahead of the 2018 election.