Stories about Advocacy

1 December 2016

Award-Winning Chinese Citizen News Site Founder Detained Amid Crackdown on Human Right Defenders

The founder of a Chinese citizen news site has been detained in what one human rights organization is calling "the escalation of President Xi Jinping’s relentless crackdown on civil society."

3 November 2016

‘My Life for Iran': The 4th Anniversary of Iranian Activist Sattar Beheshti's Death

Sattar Beheshti has come to embody the spirit of resistance in Iran, in an ongoing struggle against freedom of expression and government repression.

26 October 2016

Leaked Xinjiang Police Report Describes Circumvention Tools as ‘Terrorist Software’

The report describes using VPNs as an indicator of criminality, or a “pre-criminal” behavior, perhaps a harbinger of tighter restrictions to come.

24 October 2016

Saudi Mobile Data Quality Provokes National Protest Against Bad Service

Saudi social media users are protesting against the nation's mobile network operators' bad service and the continued blocking of VoIP apps that are supposed to be available for free.

Who Has the Right to Tell a Country’s Story?

"It is not possible to tell the truth about Cuba from only one viewpoint, or from unanimous viewpoints that are the equivalent of one."

13 October 2016

Netizen Report: Brazilians Find the Limits of Free Speech on Facebook

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

24 September 2016

Sudanese Authorities Use ‘Pornography’ as Evidence in Criminal Trial of Human Rights Advocates

Sudanese authorities are using what they deem as "pornographic" and "immoral" evidence in a trial of ten civil society activists, six of whom are facing capital punishment charges.

20 September 2016

The UAE Has Avoided an ‘Arab Spring’ by Systematically Repressing Critical Speech

Wary of an Arab-Spring like uprising within its borders, the UAE government launched an unprecedented crackdown on critics and activists.

8 September 2016

Detention of News Site Director Raises Concerns for Venezuela's Freedom of Speech

Lawyer and journalist Braulio Jatar was arrested and accused of money laundering, but netizens and journalists believe his reporting on protests against president Nicolas Maduro was the real reason.

2 September 2016

Iran Declares ‘Unveiling’ of its National Intranet

Iran declared a grand "unveiling" of its national internet. But what's really new here? We analyze the project and the government performance around its so-called "unveiling".

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