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Stories about Freedom of Speech

28 June 2015

The Internet, a Staging Post for Protests in Ecuador, Is Under Threat

Participants in recent protests in Ecuador accuse government of illegally signal jamming communication between protestors. Peer-to-peer apps may be the solution.

27 June 2015

What Social Media Can Tell You About Venezuelan Politics

Supporters of Venezuela's beleaguered opposition and the pro-government camp are clashing on social media and dragging millions of Venezuelans into the conflict.

26 June 2015

Abel Wabela: “To Fight Bystander Apathy…This is My Mission as a Human”

Global Voices Advocacy

"Warnings, intimidations, arrest and torture have not stopped me from exercising my free speech rights," says Abel Wabela, one of Ethiopia's Zone9 bloggers who have been jailed since April 2014.

24 June 2015

Arrested for Criticizing a Former Prime Minister, Singaporean Teen Blogger Amos Yee is Now Being Evaluated for Autism

Global Voices Advocacy

The 16-y/o blogger who criticized Lee Kuan Yew was suggested to be suffering from autism spectrum disorder, and the judge ruled him to be remanded for another two weeks to...

Social Media Analysis: How an Iranian Kurdish Woman's Death Triggered a Regional Social Media Conflict

Global Voices Advocacy

Social media controversy following the accidental death of a hotel chambermaid underscored systemic discrimination ethnic minorities face in Iran and the emerging role of Internet censorship in this milieu.

23 June 2015

Russian ‘Troll Factory’ Agrees to Compensate Former Employee, But She's Just Getting Started

RuNet Echo

An alleged Russian "troll factory" has agreed to compensate its former employee for unfair labor practices, but the former "troll" seeks to further expose the company and its inner workings.

An Official White House Visit to Ethiopia? Africans Tell Obama ‘Don't Do It!’

Global Voices Advocacy

Despite recent elections that swept the one opposition member from parliament, US President Barack Obama is planning a visit to Ethiopia.

22 June 2015

Iranian Journalist Ahmad Zeidabadi Sent Into Exile After Six Years in Prison

Zeidabadi, who worked for reformist newspapers, was convicted in 2009 of “propaganda against the state,” “assembly and collusion to create riots after the presidential election,” and “insulting the Supreme Leader.”

No More Internet: Website Models Effect Of ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ on Russian Search Engines

RuNet Echo

A new website created by Russian advertising executives asks Russian users to imagine what search engines will look like in 2018—if the “right to be forgotten” bill becomes law.

20 June 2015

How a Facebook User in Thailand Was Sentenced to 50 Years in Jail for ‘Defaming’ the Monarchy

Global Voices Advocacy

"How can they arrest Father? Father didn’t kill anybody; the judgment is excessive."

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