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Stories about Freedom of Speech

29 July 2014

China Monitors the Internet and the Public Pays the Bill

Experts say the billion-yuan “stability maintenance industry” is designed to help the government tighten its grip over public opinion online -- and to turn a profit.

28 July 2014

The World Tweets for Ethiopia's Zone9 Bloggers on July 31

Global Voices Advocacy

Join Global Voices bloggers for a worldwide, multilingual tweetathon in support of the ten bloggers and journalists facing terrorism charges in Ethiopia.

Bangladesh Authorities Shut Down a 200-Year-Old Brothel, Evicting Hundreds of Sex Workers

Pressure from religious leaders and conservative politicians is the suspected reason behind the closure. But the national platform of sex workers of Bangladesh accused local officials of land grabbing.

Thai Junta Issues New Gag Order Against Media

Global Voices Advocacy

A new order from the Thai military government bans "criticism of operations of the [Junta], its officials, or any related individual," among other things.

27 July 2014

‘Terrified’ Founder Decides to Shutter Hong Kong Pro-Democracy News Site ‘House News’

Global Voices Advocacy

Some are speculating that the site was pressured to shut down as part of a wider crackdown by Beijing on Hong Kong's media.

Macedonian Authorities Claim Social Networks ‘Have Always Been Blocked’ in University Dorms

Residents of a state-run student dormitory in Skopje began an online campaign to expose the horrific living conditions. Then, access to Facebook and other websites was cut off.

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.

Burmese Reporters Get Ten Years in Jail Plus Hard Labor for Reporting About Myanmar's Chemical Weapons Factory

Four journalists and the CEO of a Burmese journal were sentenced to ten years in jail with hard labor for reporting about Myanmar's chemical weapons factory.

22 July 2014

Fear, Love and Iran's Favorite Internet Enemy (it's Facebook)

Global Voices Advocacy

On July 13, eight young Iranians were dealt long prison sentences for their activities on Facebook. Activists both in and outside the country know little more about the case.

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.

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