July, 2017

Stories from July, 2017

26 July 2017

Puerto Rican Newspaper Cans Popular Comic Strip, Raising Concerns Over Censorship

Pepito is known for its sharp critique of the government and of elected officials in both the governments of Puerto Rico and of the United States.

24 July 2017

Arrest Over a Facebook Rant Brings Trinidad & Tobago's Cybercrime Legislation Into Sharp Focus

"Overbroad content offences are always illegitimate, but are particularly dangerous online, where many people are still in the process of discovering their voice."

Bahraini Rights Activist Ebtisam Al-Saegh Charged Under Terrorism Law

Bahraini authorities have constantly harassed Al-Saegh because of her rights activism.

21 July 2017

Russia's Parliament Went on a Censorship Binge Today

The Kremlin is cracking down on online anonymity. Again.

Kyrgyzstan Blocks Archive.org on ‘Extremism’ Grounds

Russia also moved to block the website and its popular 'Wayback Machine' two years ago.

Lebanese Government Bans All Protests Right Before a Syrian Refugee Solidarity Sit-In

Activists called for a protest after four Syrian refugees died while in the custody of the Lebanese army.

20 July 2017

Netizen Report: Authorities in China and Indonesia Threaten Whatsapp, Telegram Over Political Content

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

19 July 2017

China's Xinjiang Residents Are Being Forced to Install Surveillance Apps on Mobile Phones

Local netizens reported that police officers at check points are randomly searching residents' devices to see if they have installed the surveillance app.

Ethiopia's Music of Resistance Stays Strong, Despite Repression

Amid wide-scale protests and a violent government crackdown, Afan Oromo musicians have begun to rise as a visible — and audible — driving inspiration for the opposition movement.

18 July 2017

In State of Emergency, Turkey Jails Six Human Rights Defenders Pending Trial

"The accusations of aiding an armed terrorist organisation against them are groundless. Workshops of this kind are common, essential education for human rights organisations."

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