October, 2017

Stories from October, 2017

12 October 2017

#Istanbul10 Human Rights Defenders Have Been Behind Bars for 100 Days

"Gharavi and Steudtner were arrested doing their jobs, imparting knowledge and skills that are essential to the exercise of human rights in the digital age."

In Algeria, Two Imprisoned Bloggers Go on Hunger Strike

Freedom of expression and press freedom are under attack in Algeria.

10 October 2017

Hong Kong Anti-Communist Magazines Cease Publication After Four Decades

"I wanted to write something but found myself speechless. In an era like this, what can I say?"

9 October 2017

Authorities Are ‘Whitewashing’ the Devastation and Death Toll in Puerto Rico

Local media outlets in Puerto Rico are finding that key information about hurricane damage has been, as one US Congressman put it, "whitewashed."

6 October 2017

Malaysia Bans Books and Cartoons Deemed ‘Prejudicial to Public Order’

"By banning books that provoke the mind to think critically, this government of ours showed its true color of being an authority of bigotry and anti-intellectualism."

Netizen Report: LGBT People Face Online Censorship and Threats in Egypt, Jordan

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

5 October 2017

Is Free Speech an ‘Empty Promise’ in Singapore? Activists Bristle After Police Detain Performance Artist

Under Singapore’s strict Public Order Act, a single person can be held liable for participating in an illegal assembly.

A Yemeni Political Analyst Has Been Held By Houthi Rebels Since August, With No Explanation

Hisham Al-Omeisy is a crucial voice on the ongoing war in Yemen, and its humanitarian cost.

3 October 2017

Serbian Groups Stage Blackout to Protest Media Intimidation By Tax Authority

The shuttering of a Serbian newspaper led to physical protest and an online blackout with 150 participating websites.