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Stories about Freedom of Speech

20 April 2015

How Blogging is Held Hostage by Ethiopian Politics

Global Voices Advocacy

"Why is there just a single—and poorly functioning—Internet service provider for Ethiopia’s 90 million people? We know better than to ask this of public officials."

17 April 2015

Tanzania's Cyber Crime Bill Gives More Power to Police, Less to People

Global Voices Advocacy

Leading opponents of the legislation from civil society say they will take the government to court if the president signs the bill into law.

China Jails Prominent Journalist Gao Yu for Leaking ‘State Secrets’

She was sentenced to seven years in prison. Observers believe the "state secrets" refer to a Chinese Communist Party directive that lists "seven speak-nots" for university professors, including press freedom.

16 April 2015

New Internet Rules in China Target Usernames, Avatars as Subversive Tools

Global Voices Advocacy

More than 67,000 user accounts have been deleted due to a new rule that prohibits screen names and profile pictures that threaten national security, destroy ethnic unity, or defame others.

13 April 2015

Google Denies Russian Media Claims on Data Localization Move

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Google representatives have denied Russian media reports that Google was bowing to Russia's demands and moving to store Russian users' data on servers inside the country, calling them "inaccurate."

11 April 2015

Fifteen Years After Shootings, No Justice for Gambian Students

Fifteen years after security officers killed over a dozen students, a journalist and red cross volunteer, Gambians are still asking for justice.

Malaysia’s New Law Targets Online Sedition

Global Voices Advocacy

"This latest curtailment of freedom of expression further restricts public discourse and will create a void in Malaysian social media and a deafening silence in news forums."

Pakistani University Students Protest Against State Censorship Over Balochistan

Pakistan's intelligence services and their social media supporters equate academic debate on Balochistan with treachery. The student body of the university they muffled has struck back.

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