Featured stories from December 2013
This week's report covers an uptick in censorship in Kazakhstan and Romania, new surveillance regimes in France and India, and recent blogger arrests in Cuba.
Four activists, among them internationally acclaimed non-violent activist Razan Zaitouneh, were kidnapped by unidentified masked gunmen, sparking a call for their immediate release.
Stories from December, 2013
31 December 2013
Wishing our writers, readers, and the entire Global Voices community a happy and peaceful 2014.
30 December 2013
Reflections on IGF 2013, human rights, and the somewhat murky concept of "civil society" from the gang at Global Voices Advocacy.
There are currently 142 people in prison or detention for "politically motivated reasons" in Azerbaijan. Activist and blogger Arzu Geybullayeva reflects on the country's approach to human rights and Internet...
23 December 2013
The Breakfast Network socio-political news site ceased operations in Singapore after rejecting new state licensing requirements. The issue has revived debate on Singapore's so-called "light touch" Internet regulation.
21 December 2013
Zambians are being forced to register their mobile phone SIM cards with their real name and other identifying information. What will this mean for user privacy?
18 December 2013
Bloggers, punk rockers, intellectuals, dissidents, and a pair of Argentine tourists were all detained in Cuba last week, just in time for international Human Rights Day.
13 December 2013
Uncertainty continues over the fate of Syrian cartoonist Akram Raslan, winner of the Award for Courage in Editorial Cartooning for 2013, arrested in October 2012 by the Assad regime.
11 December 2013
This week, we look at dwindling speech protections in Singapore, hackerdom in Moscow, and the very expensive (but secure) Merkelphone.
Nigerian lawmakers are considering multiple bills of law that aim to target online fraud and financial crime, but could undercut key civil liberties along the way.