August, 2015

Stories from August, 2015

Ethiopia's Zone9 Bloggers Head Back to Court After 15 Months Behind Bars

The Zone9ers' trial has been postponed 33 times, for reasons ranging from the banal to the bizarre. They may finally learn their fate this Wednesday, at their next court date.

Should Conspiracy Theories Enjoy Free Speech Protections?

To what extent, should conspiracy theories enjoy free speech protections? Three members of the Global Voices community share their thoughts.

Bangladesh Police Chief Tells Bloggers, “Don't Cross the Line”

"Those who illogically write against religion in blogs are also extremists," said a high police official.

Turkish Authorities on Blocking Binge as Political Tensions Rise

Pro-Kurdish and leftist media sites are among the 96 websites most recently blocked by Turkish authorities.

Maldivians March to Mark Anniversary of Local Journalist's Disappearance

"To demand action and accountability from the state, Rilwan’s well-wishers started the #FindMoyameehaa campaign – the first of its kind in the Maldives."

Shanghai Telecom Triples Cost of Access to Overseas Websites

If commercial restrictions on accessing overseas sites becomes common practice, the Chinese Internet could become a de facto domestic network for the majority of Internet users.

Protests as Malaysia Suspends Two Newspapers Following a Corruption Expose

"We must never forget abuses of power today. You can suspend The Edge but you can't suspend truth!"

“No Country For Secular Bloggers”: Niloy Neel is the Fourth Bangladeshi Blogger Killed in 2015

"How many more bloggers must be murdered before the government acts decisively to stem the violence and impunity?"

China Steps Up Internet Surveillance With “Cybersecurity Police Stations” at Major Websites

Until now, managing online discourse has been delegated to Internet content providers on a largely ad hoc basis.

How India's Porn Ban Backfired And “Brought the Entire Nation Together”

India's overreaching ban on pornography sites was lifted less than a week after it was laid down, in the wake of heavy criticism. But the mockery of government continues.

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