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Stories about Freedom of Speech

26 February 2015

Anonymous Twitter Account Blows the Whistle on Wounded from Ukraine in Russian Military Hospital

RuNet Echo

An anonymous account on Twitter claiming to be a Russian soldier at a military hospital in Russia is providing undercover reports on the wounded brought from the frontlines in Ukraine.

Lawrence Maxwell, the Chilean Man Who Came Face to Face With Mexican Police Brutality

Lawrence Maxwell was in downtown Mexico City to take part in a peaceful demonstration in support of the missing Ayotzinapa students when he was arrested and threatened by Mexican police.

25 February 2015

Belarus Bans Tor and Other Anonymizers

RuNet Echo

Belarus is banning anonymizers, typically used to circumvent government censorship and reach online resources banned inside the country, including many of the opposition websites.

23 February 2015

Egyptian Blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah Sentenced to Five Years in Jail

Global Voices Advocacy

Prominent Egyptian activist and blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah, an icon of the Egyptian revolution, was sentenced to five years in prison today.

22 February 2015

High Hopes and Mixed Feelings About Russia's Oscar Nominee

RuNet Echo

Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev’s film "Leviathan" has been a critical darling abroad and a key Oscars contender, but in Russia, it has generated a polarizing national discussion.

Kuwait Sentences Opposition Politician Mussallam Al Barrak to Two Years in Jail for “Insulting Ruler”

Kuwaiti opposition politician Mussalam Al Barrak was sentenced to two years in jail for telling the country's ruler that the people would not allow him to practice “autocratic rule.”

US Government Eases Sanctions to Allow Export of Personal Communications Tools to Sudan

Global Voices Advocacy

The US government has issued a general license amending sanctions on Sudan to allow the export of certain personal communications technologies.

20 February 2015

Cologne's Carnival Parade Tones Down Its Charlie Hebdo Satire

Germany's Carnival is famed for no-holds-barred satire poking fun at politicians or social events. Festival organizers in Cologne mocked themselves for making the decision to tame its Charlie Hebdo float.

19 February 2015

Japan Seizes Syria-Bound Photographer's Passport Amid ISIS Fears

This follows the brutal murder of two Japanese nationals by ISIS in January. There is now a vague sense in Japan that some places that are not acceptable for travel.

18 February 2015

New Minister Threatens to Shut Down Zambian Independent News Site

Global Voices Advocacy

The site has been blocked within Zambia on numerous occasions, and reporters have been arrested because of suspected associations with the website.

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