December, 2014

Stories from December, 2014

29 December 2014

New Protest Facebook Page Already in Place as Kremlin Moves Navalny Verdict Forward

As thousands of Russians joined a January 15 protest against the verdict in the trial of opposition leader Navalny, the court suddenly moved the verdict announcement to tomorrow, December 30.

Pro-Democracy News Site's Relaunch After Umbrella Revolution Raises Eyebrows in Hong Kong

House News' founder shut down the site in July, saying he was 'terrified' of political pressure from Hong Kong and Beijing authorities. He's now rebranded the site as Stand News.

25 December 2014

Defying Hacker Threats, Sony Releases Film The Interview on Google Play and YouTube

Earlier this month, Sony pulled their planned release of the political comedy, succumbing to threats by a hackers group that the US claims is linked to North Korea.

23 December 2014

Navalny Protest Rally Facebook Event Page Blocked in Russia

Just one day after supporters of Putin critic Alexey Navalny set up a Facebook event page for a protest rally in his support, the page has been blocked in Russia.

18 December 2014

Cuba: More Money Means More Technology, With or Without State Reforms

What Wednesday's changes mean for Internet access and mobile telephony in Cuba? There are a few things we can glean from what both leaders have said—and haven’t said—so far.

The Russian Internet is Not Free. A New Tax Might Make it Even Worse.

The Russian government is now considering its own variant of an Internet tax, and wants to make all Russian Internet users pay for consuming copyrighted content online.

Freedom of Speech is a Top Target in Erdogan's War on the ‘Parallel State’

In Turkey, 31 journalists and police officers are being charged with directing and founding and belonging to an armed terror organisation.

Netizen Report: Kyrgyz News Site Censored in Central Asia for ISIS Coverage

This week, Japan cracks down on whistleblowers, Sweden pounces on the Pirate Bay and Spain's "Google tax" shows its teeth.

16 December 2014

“Spain is a Corruptocracy”: Netizens Slam Google News Tax

News aggregator Google News has announced the shutdown of its Spanish subsidiary starting December 16, 2014 due to the tax imposed by the new Intellectual Property Law.

12 December 2014

Fear of ISIS Threatens Media Freedom in Kyrgyzstan

A Kyrgyz media outlet refused government requests to delete a reposted video of Kazakh children training in ISIS camps. Now it is partly blocked in both countries.

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