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Stories about Freedom of Speech

17 November 2014

There's a Dark Side to Alibaba's Massive Profits in China

Alibaba made $9.3 billion on China's Single's Day, a popular online shopping day. But much of its success is due to its cooperation with the Chinese government in punishing dissidents.

15 November 2014

TV Host Replaced on Orders of Thai Junta

The program host was dismissed after featuring interviews with farmers and rural villagers about their thoughts on the country's political situation.

Kremlin Has Mastered Propaganda, But Not Photoshop: Fake MH17 Photo Lights Up RuNet

RuNet Echo

A purportedly new satellite image presenting unbeatable 'proof’ of Ukraine’s fault in the Malaysia Airlines MH17 plane crash has garnered ridicule on the RuNet.

13 November 2014

The Gambia: Blogger Arrested, then Freed As Online Outrage Escalates

Global Voices Advocacy

The blogger was released as students planned mass demonstrations to demand his freedom. His arrest attracted substantial condemnation on social media.

11 November 2014

At London Premiere, Demonstrators Say the Real ‘Hunger Games’ Is in Thailand

Thai students in London demonstrated outside the premiere of the popular film "The Hunger Games," calling attention to real-life threats to democracy in their home country.

10 November 2014

Tired of ‘Aggressive Mainstream Propaganda'? The Kremlin Is Launching a News Network Just for You

RuNet Echo

Russia's state-run Rossia Segodnya media holding has launched Sputnik, a new international multimedia project to "provide an alternative viewpoint on world events."

After 25 Years, Have Hungarians Finally Realized They Live in a Democracy?

Global Voices Advocacy

The notion that Hungary is becoming an 'illiberal state' is nothing new. Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Hungarians are standing up to demand a real democracy.

7 November 2014

Mexico: Shots Fired at Transparency Expert on University Campus

Global Voices Advocacy

Violence continues unabated in Mexico: Ernesto Villanueva, a lawyer specializing in transparency and freedom of expression, was attacked by a gunman on a university campus.

Ekho Moskvy Journalist Fired Over “Insensitive” Tweet, Radio Station's Fate In Limbo

RuNet Echo

A comment made on Twitter by a veteran Ekho Moskvy journalist has caused him trouble with the radio station's owners and possibly cost him his job.

6 November 2014

Protesters Descend on Mexico City to Demand Action for Missing Ayotzinapa Students

"Whoever has him I'll give them my land in return for my son being brought back alive." Tens of thousands marched for Global Day of Action for Ayotzinapa.

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