· March, 2016

Stories about Advocacy from March, 2016

25 March 2016

Russian Censors Target Public Wi-Fi Spots in Crusade Against Blocked Websites

Russian censors are now policing public Wi-Fi in places such as cafes, shopping malls or public libraries, to make sure ISPs are blocking access to websites that are officially banned.

Aliyev's Toys, or the Treatment of Political Prisoners in Azerbaijan

"Our hostage life is over. We are free now! I wish freedom to all our friends remaining behind bars."

12 March 2016

Chinese Journalists Need a Press Law for Protection

"If there is no law, we take the initiative and can control [media] as we want."

10 March 2016

Kurdish Reporter Faces Jail Time in Turkey for Twitter and Facebook Posts

Turkish authorities increasingly "conflate coverage of banned groups and investigation of sensitive topics with outright terrorism or other anti-state activity."

8 March 2016

A Mexican Public Servant Is Using Periscope to Expose Lawbreakers, but Not Everyone Approves

"I’m in favor! The root of our problem is that corruption and illegality are socially accepted. Periscope encourages a change in mindset."

6 March 2016

Twitter Reports Massive Increase in Russian Government's Content Removal Requests

In the second half of 2015 Russian government agencies submitted 1,735 requests to remove content from Twitter—more than 25 times the number submitted in the first half of 2015.

3 March 2016

Netizen Report: Facebook VP Arrested in Brazil for Refusing to Give Police WhatsApp Data

A Facebook executive is arrested in Brazil, Bolivia’s President says he wants to regulate social networks, and China shuts down 580 social media accounts for “misleading the public”.

Graphic Artists Launch Online Poster Campaign to ‘Free the Media’ in Malaysia

"We feel that the time has come for Malaysians to demand for media and internet freedom in light of the latest assault on freedom of speech in Malaysia."

1 March 2016

China Silences Outspoken Tycoon and Other Celebrities on Social Media

The Cyberspace Administration of China has accused the outspoken real estate tycoon Ren Zhiqiang of publishing “illegal messages with a negative impact.” But he's not alone.