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Stories about Freedom of Speech

7 August 2015

“No Country For Secular Bloggers”: Niloy Neel is the Fourth Bangladeshi Blogger To Be Killed in 2015

Global Voices Advocacy

"How many more bloggers must be murdered before the government acts decisively to stem the violence and impunity?"

China Steps Up Internet Surveillance With “Cybersecurity Police Stations” at Major Websites

Global Voices Advocacy

Until now, managing online discourse has been delegated to Internet content providers on a largely ad hoc basis.

6 August 2015

“We Will Choke You”: How Indian Women Face Fatal Threats on Facebook While Trolls Roam Free

Global Voices Advocacy

One Facebook user threatened to choke her. Two days later, on August 4, Inji Pennu's Facebook account was suspended.

5 August 2015

Disappeared Gambian Journalist Slammed With Sedition Charge

Global Voices Advocacy

"It seems the whole nation is behind bars," wrote one Facebook user on the disappearances of multiple journalists in The Gambia. Although facing charges, Abdoulie Ceesay's whereabouts remain unknown.

Russia's ‘Draconian’ Internet Laws Mostly Ignored By Industry Experts

RuNet Echo

Russian Internet laws have been called "draconian" and accused of limiting free speech. But a recent study found that Russian online industry and experts actually know little about these regulations.

Mexico: “We Are the Problem Because We Disturb the Government and the Narcos”

“How many journalists have been murdered, and what has come of it? How many students, activists, and human rights defenders have been killed, picked up, or disappeared?"

Despite Millions of Recruits, Criticism of China's Online Civilization Army Mounts

China Communist Youth League has recruited approximately 18 million "civilization volunteers" to “spread positive energy” online.

4 August 2015

14 Journalists From Veracruz, Mexico Have Been Murdered During Governor Duarte's Rule

Most of them were critical of Durante, who took office in December 2010.

#HackingTeam Leaks: Ecuador is Spending Millions on Malware, Pro-Government Trolls

Global Voices Advocacy

Pro-government propaganda, anti-opposition trolls, hashtag spamming, and widespread malware are all part of a politically-motivated social media spin campaign dating back to 2012.

The Biggest Threat to Mexican Journalists Aren't Drug Cartels Anymore

Public officials and police officers are now suspected of most attacks against journalists.

3 August 2015

Exiled Journalist Speaks on Human Trafficking and The Gambia's Assault on Media Freedom

Global Voices Advocacy

Sanna Camara fled his home country in the face of legal challenges and death threats after he published a series of stories on human trafficking in The Gambia.

Iran Closes Down Hardline Newspaper After Anti Nuclear Deal Coverage

Global Voices Advocacy

Iran's Press Supervisory have closed down 9 Dey, a hardline newspaper that has published dissenting views to the nuclear deal signed between Iran and the P5+1 countries, signed in Vienna on...

2 August 2015

Selfie Empowerment: Russian Communists Want Your Lenin Selfies

RuNet Echo

Young Russian Communists want to make Lenin hip again—so they're proposing a flashmob campaign that involves taking selfies with Lenin statues.

Indians Blast Facebook Over Broken Community Standards

Global Voices Advocacy

"What the **** are community standards if they cannot take down a page purely abusive in nature, harassing a woman using her photos and other personal details?"

1 August 2015

Malaysia’s #AtTheEdge Campaign Challenges Media Censorship

"At a time when there are more questions than answers available regarding the financial scandal, the Ministry’s action appears to be a self-serving draconian attempt at shutting up inquisitive Malaysians."

Will the Victims of Pinochet's Tyranny Finally Get Justice?

"I think this pact of silence breaking apart after so many years is a milestone for our country. It's a before and after in the struggle for human rights."

30 July 2015

German Digital Rights Pioneers Investigated for Treason

Global Voices Advocacy

The last time a German journalist was charged with treason was in 1962, when the editor-in-chief of Der Spiegel was prosecuted for publishing secret documents about the German defense forces.

“Ethiopians Should Not Wait for Obama to Give Them Democracy”

"The united hands of our people are stronger than that of Western world! Let us do that and reign the democracy we are longing for!"

Azerbaijan's Political Prisoners, the State and its Secret Society

What is with the rows of passive spectators literally taking up space at the trials of the country's most high-profile political prisoners?

How China's Online Civilization Army Turned a Youth Street Fight into a Patriotic Struggle

Global Voices Advocacy

"They just pick quarrels and fights all day long. Today vow to execute this and tomorrow execute someone else. Such patriotism is not loving one's country but hating one's country."

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