L. Finch

A journalist with an ongoing love affair with the Spanish language.

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21 July 2016

Chinese Reformist Magazine Shuts Down to Resist Authorities’ Hostile Takeover

"The crackdown on Yanhuang Chunqiu and today's takeover indicates that Xi's government wants to educate its officials into 'fools' like the rest of the society."

8 July 2016

China Bans News Sourcing From Social Media

"From a historical perspective, media outlets that are close to government have a higher tendency to fabricate news. The track record of state-controlled media outlets is even worse."

16 May 2016

Chinese Censors Crack Down on ‘Illegal’ Live-Streaming, Including Erotic Banana Eating

As it is impossible to pre-screen live-streamed content, China's public security bureau has set up a police station at the office of major live-streaming platform to oversee what is broadcast.

13 May 2016

Bulgarian ‘Green’ Activist Faces Lawsuit Over Facebook Post

Bulgarian eco-activist Borislav Sandov was sentenced for "insulting" the director of a mining company through a Facebook status. Court of appeals will hear his case at the end of May.

27 April 2016

Mexico’s Controversial ‘Telecom Law’ Is Now in the Supreme Court’s Court

"In a country with a serious democratic deficit and in which public officials are responsible for attacks on journalists and dissidents, these measures could be used to pursue uncomfortable opinions."

Xulhaz Mannan, an LGBT Activist in Bangladesh, Is the Latest Victim in a String of Brutal Killings

Since 2005, at least 23 bloggers and activists have been killed and scores of others attacked or threatened with death for their progressive and secular views.

Imprisoned Iranian Cartoonist Hadi Heidari Goes Free

"By the grace of God, I was released from Evin Prison tonight after serving time. Thank you all for the kindness," Hadi Heidari wrote on Instagram.

26 April 2016

A University Professor Is Hacked to Death, Another Victim of Deadly Intolerance in Bangladesh

Rezaul Karim Siddique joins a long list of intellectuals, bloggers and foreigners who have lost their lives in similar killings purportedly carried out by Islamist militants.

Iranian Cartoonist Atena Farghadani's Prison Sentence Reduced From 12 Years to 18 Months

"To my cartooning colleagues around the world: let's keep watching and speaking out for Atena Farghadani."

20 April 2016

New App Helps Citizens Find Out What Hong Kong Internet Service Providers Know About Them

Access My Info generates a letter for users to send to relevant privacy officers of internet service providers and mobile phone companies to request data about themselves.

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