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Stories about Freedom of Speech

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.

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

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

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.

18 May 2015

‘Lipstick Protester’ Jasmina Golubovska: Macedonians Want to ‘Start from Scratch’

A Reuters photo turned Golubovska's lipstick into a symbol of the mass protests in Macedonia. But there is nothing cosmetic about citizens' demand for change.

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