Stories about Advocacy

8 April 2019

Morocco’s Hirak movement has gone quiet, but the crackdown on independent media continues

The movement triggered a backlash for independent journalists and people who wanted to document the protests and ensuing crackdown.

4 April 2019

How pro-government media in Morocco use “fake news” to target and silence Rif activists

While the internet can provide a platform for marginalized voices, it can also facilitate their victimization.

7 March 2019

Censored on WeChat: Chinese megastar Fan Bingbing's tax evasion scandal — and her disappearance

The news of Fan's tax evasion penalty and her apology made the actress a top target for censorship on social media.

4 March 2019

Photojournalist Mahmoud ‘Shawkan’ Abu Zeid walks free, after more than five years in prison

Shawkan, who was working for Demotix at the time of his arrest, spent almost four years in pre-trial detention.

2 March 2019

Censored on WeChat: Huawei, ZTE and ‘Amazing China’

The censorship of ZTE and Huawei has strong association with the censorship of "China-U.S trade war".

25 February 2019

How Saudi leaders are using religion to consolidate power and silence critical voices

''Oppression is a comprehensive system, and [in our country] it is enabled by religion.'' 

23 February 2019

Singaporean activist sentenced to 16 days in jail after hosting video chat with HK youth leader Joshua Wong

"There’s no sentence that I’d consider fair, because he should never have been charged."

1 February 2019

With tensions rising ahead of 2019 presidential elections, Nigerians fear internet shutdown

The use of social media to call attention to the government's violations and illegal actions have led to fears that of online censorship in upcoming elections.

26 January 2019

Reports of internet blocks and media censorship as power struggle tensions escalate in Venezuela

Internet access is being blocked intermittently and radio stations are being censored as Venezuela's political crisis intensifies.

Russia's isolationist ‘sovereign internet’ bill worries experts and users alike

Experts have pointed to the colossal costs associated with building the infrastructure required, and lamented that this would only lead to further monopolization of the Russian internet provider market.