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24 October 2014

Hitting Below the Belt? Trinidad & Tobago President Tries to Gag Comedian Over Jokes About First Lady

A president, a first lady and a comedian walk into a bar...and what happens next, no-one could have anticipated. Did good-natured teasing hit below the belt?

22 October 2014

Russia's Justice Ministry Targets Human Rights Group ‘Memorial’

RuNet Echo

Russia hasn't elaborated its grievances against the human rights group, but Memorial says the main issue is that officials want it to adopt a more centralized organizational structure.

21 October 2014

Cyber Attack Downs Mozambique's @Verdade News Site on Election Day

Global Voices Advocacy

The attack began on the eve of the election and managed to bring down the site just as polls closed and votes were being counted.

Russian Opposition Leaders Support Ukraine, But Crimea Is Not Coming Back

RuNet Echo

Russia’s leading opposition figures Alexey Navalny and Mikhail Khodorkovsky have a message for Ukrainians: Crimea is gone, and Ukraine is not getting it back.

20 October 2014

Russians, Rejoice! The Long-Awaited ‘Meduza’ News Portal Has Arrived!

RuNet Echo

A cross between news aggregation and independent reporting, "Meduza" is the coolest thing to hit online Russian journalism in recent memory.

False Ebola Alarm Provides Convenient Distraction for Macedonia From Unflattering EU Report

The arrest of 14 judges and an over-dramatized possible case of Ebola took over Macedonian media in October, overshadowing news of a damning EU progress report on the country.

17 October 2014

Citizen Journalist Kidnapped and Killed in Mexico for Reporting on Organized Crime

Global Voices Advocacy

María del Rosario Fuentes Rubio volunteered as a contributor with Valor por Tamaulipas (Courage for Tamaulipas), a citizen media platform that allows users to file anonymous reports on violence.

Hong Kong's Journalists Battle Self-Censorship, Intimidation and Police Violence to Report Umbrella Revolution

Global Voices Advocacy

Four independent news sites issued a joint statement condemning police for intentionally attacking reporters. Reporters at other outlets have had to deal with management's self-censorship for fear of angering Beijing.

Building an Internet Fast Lane in Russia Could Be a Great Way to Stifle Independent Media

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

In Russia, where the online space for independent media is fast shrinking, the prospect of ending net neutrality and filtering Internet content poses significant dangers.

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