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Stories about Freedom of Speech

26 May 2015

Ukrainian and Russian Users Petition Facebook to ‘Stop Political Blocking’

RuNet Echo

Ukrainians and Russians are petitioning Facebook on the Change.org website to protest what they insist is an ongoing issue: unwarranted and biased blocking of Ukrainian and Russian Facebook profiles.

23 May 2015

Iranian Reformists Commemorate the Anniversary of Ex-President Khatami's Election on Twitter

The hashtag #second_ofKhordad_Iam is trending to commemorate the 1997 election of the reformist former President Mohammad Khatami.

Dear Ukrainian Officials: Russian Security Services Thank You for Your Cooperation!

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

A group of journalists pulled a prank on Ukrainian officials who use Russian email services, alerting them to the dangers of careless information security policies.

22 May 2015

Human Rights Lawyer's Indictment Marks the Beginning of a ‘Weibo Inquisition’ in China

Global Voices Advocacy

Pu Zhiqiang was indicted on charges of "inciting ethnic hatred" and "picking quarrels and provoking a disturbance." The case against him is based on about 30 online postings he wrote.

21 May 2015

Message to an Ethiopian Blogger: Mahlet Fantahun, You Are Not Alone

Global Voices Advocacy

"Writing one single blog post is not going to bring Mahlet... out of Kaliti Prison. This is much rather about keeping the process going. Of not staying silent."

STATEMENT: Global Voices Calls for Safety of Bangladesh Bloggers

Global Voices Advocacy

We condemn the recent murders of bloggers and call on authorities to ensure that those responsible for these killings are brought to justice.

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.

20 May 2015

Verdict Delayed in Detained Iranian Artist Atena Farghadani's Trial

Global Voices Advocacy

Atena Farghadani was arrested over a cartoon she drew that depicts Iran's members of parliament as animals voting on law that will restrict access to contraception and criminalise voluntary sterilisation.

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.

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