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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.

Atena Farghadani Goes on Trial Tomorrow in Iran for Her Cartoon About Access to Contraception

Global Voices Advocacy

The cartoon that sparked her arrest depicts members of parliament as animals. She is charged with spreading propaganda against the system, insulting members of parliament and insulting the supreme leader.

15 May 2015

Under a Shaky Ceasefire, Yemenis Struggle to Stay Connected to the World

Global Voices Advocacy

Frequent electricity cuts, bombings and a dire humanitarian situation could exacerbate and completely isolate Yemen should internet and telecommunications services be cut.

PayPal Blocks Donations for Printing Boris Nemtsov’s Ukraine War Report

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

PayPal has informed the "Putin.War" report team the service cannot be used for "collecting funds to finance the activities of political parties or for political aims in Russia.”

Facebook's Zuckerberg Responds to Ukrainians’ Complaints, But Is His Answer Enough?

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Mark Zuckerberg has addressed the appeals of Ukrainian Facebook users for better content moderation and calls to create a dedicated Ukrainian office. His answers seem unlikely to satisfy them.

14 May 2015

Bahrain Court Upholds Six Month Sentence Against Rights Defender Nabeel Rajab Over Tweet

Global Voices Advocacy

A Bahrain court today upheld a six-month sentence for human rights defender Nabeel Rajab over a tweet. Rajab is already in custody under investigation for other tweets.

13 May 2015

Suspended Algerian Satirical TV Show Vows to Make a Comeback Online

Global Voices Advocacy

''Eldjazairia weekend'' an Algerian satirical TV show, co-hosted by GV contributor Abdou Semmar, was suspended from air on April 24, due to political pressure.

Human Rights Abuses in Azerbaijan: We Can’t Stay On The Sidelines Anymore

Global Voices Advocacy

Arzu Geybullayeva calls on Western leaders to speak out on political prisoners in Azerbaijan as the country prepares to host the European Games.

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