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Stories about Freedom of Speech

23 July 2014

Three Anti-World Cup Activists Accuse Brazil of Political Persecution, Unsuccessfully Seek Asylum From Uruguay

Eloisa Samy, a lawyer who has defends activists, was "preemptively" arrested before the World Cup final, accused of forming an armed gang. She was later released, then arrested again.

22 July 2014

Court Ruling Against Restaurant Reviewer Leaves French Bloggers Reeling

Global Voices Advocacy

The presiding judge ruled that while the review fell "within the scope of freedom of expression" its title was defamatory.

​​Dozens of Activists in Brazil Were Arrested Not for Protesting the World Cup, but for Possibly Planning to Do So

Thirty-seven people were preemptively arrested ahead of the World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro because police believed they might protest violently in the future.

Bahrain's Foreign Minister Seems to Have Forgotten His Country's Ill Treatment of Journalists

Khalid Alkhalifa took a dig at NBC after it pulled Ayman Mohyeldin out of Gaza for "doing his journalistic duty." Twitter users quickly reminded Alkhalifa of Bahrain's own shoddy record.

20 July 2014

The Russian Government's 7,000 Wikipedia Edits

RuNet Echo

Over the past ten years, IP addresses belonging to various Russian state agencies are responsible for almost 7,000 anonymous edits to articles on Wikipedia’s Russian-language website.

19 July 2014

4 Photos of Street Art by the ‘Iranian Banksy’ That Speak Volumes About Life Today in Iran

The work of the anonymous Black Hand has gone viral on social media. The graffiti offers timely commentary on events in Gaza and issues in Iran, such as women's rights.

18 July 2014

Vietnamese Government ‘Opinion Shapers’ Target Activist Facebook Pages

The Facebook accounts of prominent Vietnamese activists have been suspended after being reported for abuse by suspected government supporters known as 'opinion shapers'.

17 July 2014

The World Shouts #FreeAlexSodiqov During Global Vigil

Global Voices' community member Alexander Sodiqov is not a British spy. And #FreeAlexSodiqov is an international movement. This vigil - a month after his arrest - proves it.

The World Cup in Brazil Ended Just Like It Began — With Tear Gas, Stun Grenades and Police Aggression

Activists captured some police officers on film lashing out seemingly with provocation at protesters and journalists.

16 July 2014

Singapore's Libraries Don't Want Kids Reading About Tango the Penguin and Her Two Loving Fathers

Singapore's National Library's has banned three children's books that feature same-sex couples after one person's complaint, calling the decision 'pro-family'. The reading public is not happy.

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