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Stories about Censorship

27 November 2014

The Story Behind Iran's Censorship Redirect Page

Global Voices Advocacy

When Internet users in Iran try to access a blocked website, they're taken to www.peyvandha.ir. The page has changed throughout the years, reflecting the government's evolving approach to censorship.

25 November 2014

The Silent Crackdown on Serbian Media

Global Voices Advocacy

"Censorship is no longer a relic of the past, it's the present that we must fight against."

China Touts Local Ground Rules for the Global Internet

Global Voices Advocacy

While attendees at last week's World Internet Conference in China enjoyed relatively open Internet access, thousands of websites were blocked throughout much of the country.

24 November 2014

Venezuela: Draft Law Would Criminalize Online Protest, Remove Checks on Surveillance

Global Voices Advocacy

Under the law, a person using digital media to “promote or attack the constitutional order” or “disrupt public peace” could face between one and five years behind bars.

In Putin's Russia, Hell Is Other Liberals

RuNet Echo

The speed and vigor with which Russia’s intelligentsia turned on Alexey Venediktov in such a short time would be nothing short of amazing, were it anything unusual in Moscow.

‘Humour Is a Sharp Weapon Challenging an Authoritarian Regime’

Chinese political cartoonist Biantailajiao, who now lives in Japan after being labeled a traitor in mainland press, says dictators have no sense of humour.

15 November 2014

TV Host Replaced on Orders of Thai Junta

The program host was dismissed after featuring interviews with farmers and rural villagers about their thoughts on the country's political situation.

14 November 2014

Online Campaign to Support Russian LGBT Teens Is Charged with ‘Gay Propaganda’

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

It is hard to underestimate the chilling effect the crackdown on Children-404 might have. The LGBT community is one of the least respected, most maligned groups in Russian society.

13 November 2014

Does the Kremlin Help Its Enemies?

RuNet Echo

There are certain news outlets in Russia you don’t expect to publish stories accusing the government of funding Vladimir Putin’s enemies, but that is exactly what happened last week.

The Gambia: Blogger Arrested, then Freed As Online Outrage Escalates

Global Voices Advocacy

The blogger was released as students planned mass demonstrations to demand his freedom. His arrest attracted substantial condemnation on social media.

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