August, 2017

Stories from August, 2017

The Evolution of China's Great Firewall: 21 Years of Censorship

Technically speaking, circumvention technologies have outwitted the Great Firewall. Yet the new legal regime has changed the rules of the game.

Murdered Mexican Journalist Cándido Ríos: ‘Our Weapons Do Not Shoot Bullets. Our Weapons Shoot Truth’

"His tireless efforts to denounce injustice brought him popularity among readers, but also enemies like the former mayor of Ríos' hometown Hueyapan, who threatened him with death several times."

Chinese Tech Firms Are at the Cutting Edge of Artificial Intelligence — But at What Cost?

China has a more open attitude toward new technology, but is their success built upon a lack of awareness of individual rights?

Cambodia Shutdown of Media Outlets: Tax and Licensing Issue or Censorship?

"It appears that the Cambodian government has been using legal technicalities to hide behind its real aim of silencing independent voices."

China to Ban Anonymous Online Comments, Blacklist Users

"With or without real name registration, they know who you are. What they intend to do is to make you fearful."

Macedonian Citizen Fined 400 Euro For Insulting Turkish President Erdoğan on Facebook

A Macedonian court ordered a person to pay 400 euros for writing "ironical statements and insulted a leader of a foreign country."

Venezuelan Government Wants to Regulate Hatred on Social Media

Today, with an all-powerful ANC composed solely of representatives from the governing party, it seems unlikely that anything will be able to stop the law from being approved.

Chinese Police Arrested a Man for Complaining About Hospital Food. Netizens Say It’s Police Abuse.

Even state-affiliated media outlets are criticizing police actions against a man who publicly complained about the price and quality of food at a state hospital.

‘Privacy is a Fundamental Right': Advocates Hail India's Supreme Court Ruling

The ruling followed multiple citizen petitions that challenged the government's move to make Aadhaar -- India's national digital ID system -- mandatory for various social welfare benefits.

Cambridge University Publisher Removes 300 Academic Articles for the China Market

"If this is what they demand, CUP should give up its China- based site and carry on elsewhere."

Malaysian Political Cartoonist Zunar Sues Police for Unlawful Arrest, Seizure of Books

"You can ban my books, you can ban my cartoons, but you cannot ban my mind. I will keep drawing until the last drop of my ink."

‘You Can Lock Up Our Bodies, But Not Our Minds': Hong Kong Court Sends 16 Activists to Prison

"The appeal and jail sentence is a form of institutional violence and political suppression – it has ‘created’ the youngest group of political prisoners since the handover."

Netizen Report: US Tech Company Bans White Supremacist Group for Being ‘Assholes’

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

In Tunisia's ‘State of Emergency’, a New Police Protection Law Could Allow More Abuse — With Impunity

Supported by the interior ministry and police unions, the bill is being criticized by human rights groups.

Palestinian Journalists Become First Targets of Controversial Cybercrime Law

The journalists were accused of "leaking information to hostile entities" under a newly-adopted cybercrime law.

India Bans the Internet Archive and More Than 2,600 File-Sharing Websites to Protect Bollywood

The ban is the result of a court ruling, based on the petitions of two Bollywood producers, to stop file-sharing websites from distributing pirated copies of recently released movies.

Rights Group Website and Columnist's Blog Become Latest Targets of Egypt's Censorship Campaign

From May 24 to August 6, Egyptian authorities blocked 133 websites, according to the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression.

‘Troll-in-Chief'? Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Admits Hiring Online Defenders During 2016 Election

The study found out that $200,000 were spent to fund the pro-Duterte troll army composed of 400 to 500 individuals.

Jailed for Journalism: A Profile of Detained Reporters in Myanmar

Since June 2017, five members of the media have been detained by the government.

Thai Journalist and Two Other Critics of Military-Led Government Face Sedition Charges Over Facebook Posts

"I will continue to criticize the illegitimate military regime until they take away my smartphone."

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