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Stories about Censorship

26 May 2015

Singapore Bans Music Video for Its Pro-LGBT Content

"How ironic is it that on the same day Singapore bans a song with gay marriage content, Ireland votes in favor of it?"

21 May 2015

Pakistani Company Accused of Running Fake Degree Scam Has a History of Silencing Critics

Many people tried to expose Axact's degree fraud before, the NYT didn't break this story, but this is the first time everyone is paying attention.

Activist Ambassador Lawyer Journalist: What It’s Like to Be Hated Online in Russia Today

RuNet Echo

Earlier this week, Afisha magazine's Nina Nazarova published a collection of fascinating interviews with four public figures who have played major roles online and in the news in Russia.

19 May 2015

Russia Launches ‘Predictive System’ for Monitoring Protest Activity Online

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

The new Russian software will allegedly be able to spot preparations for protests online long before they happen, and could supply that information to law enforcement, academics and state officials.

Thailand’s Section 44 Could Be Worse Than Martial Law

Thailand is no longer under martial law, but a new security law gave the army broad and 'unlimited' powers in the civilian government.

The Media Is the Message: E-Diplomacy in Egypt

Global Voices Advocacy

Egyptian authorities today must figure out how to communicate effectively in the wake of four years of constant regime change.

15 May 2015

Facebook's Zuckerberg Responds to Ukrainians’ Complaints, But Is His Answer Enough?

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Mark Zuckerberg has addressed the appeals of Ukrainian Facebook users for better content moderation and calls to create a dedicated Ukrainian office. His answers seem unlikely to satisfy them.

14 May 2015

Bahrain Court Upholds Six Month Sentence Against Rights Defender Nabeel Rajab Over Tweet

Global Voices Advocacy

A Bahrain court today upheld a six-month sentence for human rights defender Nabeel Rajab over a tweet. Rajab is already in custody under investigation for other tweets.

13 May 2015

Suspended Algerian Satirical TV Show Vows to Make a Comeback Online

Global Voices Advocacy

''Eldjazairia weekend'' an Algerian satirical TV show, co-hosted by GV contributor Abdou Semmar, was suspended from air on April 24, due to political pressure.

12 May 2015

Fed Up With ‘Political’ Blocking, Russia and Ukraine Appeal to Facebook

RuNet Echo

Ukrainians and Russians are unhappy about Facebook allowing "politically motivated" takedowns of posts they say are being reported for violations by masses of "Kremlin supporters."

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