August, 2018

Stories from August, 2018

30 August 2018

In Mozambique, new licensing fees have raised the cost of doing journalism — and may threaten media freedom

The fees were described by Mozambican online newspaper @Verdade as "astronomical".

24 August 2018

Russian social media giant evades hard questions about privacy failures

One user challenged Vkontakte: "How many times have you challenged the security services in court over their demands to hand over user information? You have that right."

21 August 2018

Facebook admits it has been slow in addressing hate speech in Myanmar

"The ethnic violence in Myanmar is horrific and we have been too slow to prevent misinformation and hate on Facebook."

17 August 2018

Fearing reprimand, student protesters in Bangladesh go silent

The government has blamed social media users and activists for trying to create unrest by sharing provocative posts and content on Facebook.

Netizen Report: Elections in Mali marred by militant violence — and internet shutdowns

Bangladeshi students go quiet as police pursue online accounts, Brazil gets a new data protection law and Facebook is still floundering in Myanmar.

15 August 2018

#FreeKhayrullo: Human rights groups demand justice for Tajik journalist facing trial

A bold and popular journalist is appealing a 12 year-sentence he received after speaking out against official corruption.

14 August 2018

Facebook bans 196 pages in Brazil, attempting to rein in abuse and disinformation

Free Brazil Movement is accusing the platform of censoring right-wing groups.

13 August 2018

Lebanon ramps up interrogations of online activists

“You cannot bring us up with a mentality of freedom and then try to oppress us.”

11 August 2018

Condemnation of independence activist draws a red line for Hong Kong's press freedom

The Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents' Club is under fire for organizing a talk by independence activist Andy Chan.

9 August 2018

Russians are facing criminal prosecution for sharing memes online, thanks to anti-extremism laws

Repressive laws and cumbersome bureaucracy are putting hundreds of Russians behind bars for sharing memes online.