Stories about Advocacy

In Turkey, 30 people face investigation over social media posts that ‘insulted the president’

When the hashtag #ölmüş (is said to be dead) started trending on November 3, it took only a few hours for the General Directorate of Security to take action.

Indonesian court allows internet blocking amid social unrest

"We [are] worried the Indonesia government will implement more Internet restrictions based on this Constitutional Court decision that not follow or address human rights standards like their previous actions."

Behind the success of the Kenyan Twitter disinformation campaign to discredit the Pandora Papers

Kenya’s disinformation industry successfully manipulated Twitter’s trending algorithm to attack the Pandora Papers and protect President Uhuru Kenyatta, whose family was implicated in the exposé.

#HandsOffOurLibraries: Scholars protest removal of ‘subversive’ books from Philippine universities

"An attack on the library is an attack on the very heart of the University itself."

Belarus authorities block access to more independent media added to extremist list

The websites of Deutsche Welle, Current Time and the employees and readers of BelsatTV and NEXTA are the latest targets in Belarus' ongoing crackdown on independent media and free expression.

Turkey: new report highlights the extent of censorship online

A new report explains how a series of amendments made to Turkish law No. 5651 will have a "burning and destructive effect" on freedom of expression in Turkey.

Thai protesters demand the abolition of royal defamation law

"We believe it would be better to live in a society where people are not imprisoned for simply expressing their political opinions, for demanding a better society..."

Singapore's new law against ‘foreign interference’ threatens to undermine free speech

"The solution should never be to simply give the government more and more and more broad discretionary powers that can be used against citizens ..."

Hong Kong to ban films and punish unauthorized screenings on grounds of ‘national security’

An inspector authorized by the censorship agency may also enter and search premises without a warrant when they are trying to halt an unauthorized film screening or publication.

“Hong Kong, add oil” is censored as Pro-Beijingers associate the expression with sedition

"This paranoia says nothing but weakness. Changing shirts and covering up tattoos are easy things to do. Changing hears and minds? Forget about it."

Cats, crows and planet Earth: drawings by Belarusian political prisoners

Drawings sent to friends and family by Belarusian political prisoners, detained in a crackdown after the 2020 elections, provide an insight into their lives.

News site founders, editor resign under pressure from Kazakhstan's authorities

A sophisticated attack on Hola News's website kept it down for 10 days. The core team then abandoned the project, citing pressure from the authorities.

Bangladesh’s upcoming Data Protection Act may suppress, not protect, citizens rights

Analysts fear that a proposed data protection act in Bangladesh contains some loopholes including the indemnification of government agencies, which could be weaponized like the existing controversial Digital Security Act...

Taiwan: Deepfake pornographic video victims call for new laws against sexual violence in cyberspace

Taiwan's recent arrest of popular YouTuber Xiao Yu, Zhu Yuchen, for allegedly selling deepfake pornographic videos of public figures has drawn public attention to artificial intelligence (AI) crimes.

Is the shutting down of Chinese LinkedIn the end of foreign big tech’s engagement with China?

What are the reasons behind Microsoft's decision to leave China? Product failure? China' newly enacted data security law? or the proposing algorium law?

Pakistan's proposed media development authority could further curb freedom of media

The representatives of different press clubs of the country have declared the proposed Pakistan Media Development Authority (PMDA) “a media martial law” and rejected it outright.

Supporters demand freedom for Egyptian activist Alaa Abd El Fattah

His lawyer spoke of Abd El Fattah's declining mental health and quoted Abd El Fattah saying, “I can’t carry on.”

Global internet freedom is in decline, according to new report

While Georgia and Armenia were ranked "free" in this year's report, Turkey and Azerbaijan ranked "not free" as a result of the challenging atmosphere around digital rights and freedoms.

Chinese citizen journalist held incommunicado after COVID reporting reappears

Chinese citizen journalist Chen Qiushi has returned. But other citizen journalists covering the COVID-19 outbreak in China are still missing. Among them Zhang Zhan has been sentenced to four years...

Campaign to brand Russian journalists and media ‘foreign agents’ picks up pace after elections

The effects of Russia’s ‘foreign agent’ legislation against media and civil society have been direct and deeply troubling. They are now, in effect, deemed ‘enemies of the people’.

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