Stories about Advocacy

21 August 2018

Facebook admits it has been slow in addressing hate speech in Myanmar

"The ethnic violence in Myanmar is horrific and we have been too slow to prevent misinformation and hate on Facebook."

6 August 2018

Iran’s telecommunications company illegally rerouted Telegram app traffic

In a new move aimed at tightening the state-imposed ban on the Telegram messaging app, the Telecommunications Company of Iran (TCI) temporarily rerouted Telegram app traffic in violation of domestic law in July 2018.In...

2 August 2018

Officials blame WhatsApp for spike in mob killings, but Indians say vicious party politics are at fault

"Mob lynching is a political tool being used to polarise society....The idea is to create a fear psychosis by unleashing the mobs on a certain community."

18 July 2018

‘If it isn’t recorded, it didn’t happen': Israel moves to restrict photo documentation of military activity

Israeli legislators are pushing two bills that would further restrict speech by activists and journalists critical of its policies in Israeli-occupied Palestinian territory.

11 July 2018

Iranian authorities arrest ‘Instagram celebrities’, in effort to assert control over social media

Iranian authorities announce plans to filter Instagram because of the evils of "Instagram celebrities". A few days later, the state broadcaster reveals the arrest of several "Instagram celebrities."

6 July 2018

#NoToSocialMediaTax: Join Global Voices for a July 9 tweetathon against Uganda's social media tax

Freedom is free, not taxed. Global Voices supports the #NotoSocialMediaTax campaign in Uganda.

13 June 2018

Iranian parody band sings a love song for Telegram after its block

"Just when I was relying on you, you were suddenly blocked and gone and all I have left is this VPN, that's the only bridge between you and I."

12 June 2018

Telegram channel administrator could get death penalty for “insulting the Prophet”

Article 262 of Iran’s Islamic Penal Code dictates that “Anyone who swears at or commits qazf [slander] against the Great Prophet [of Islam]...shall be sentenced to the death penalty.”

1 June 2018

Videos allege Indian media houses promised to favor Hindu nationalism in exchange for cash

The videos come amid a rapid rise of "fake news" websites in India that seem intended to promote religious and communal tension.

27 May 2018

Acquittal of Fiji Times sedition case hailed as victory for press freedom in Oceania

"It has become quite obvious that the government of Fiji has continued to charge people with sedition to suppress freedom of speech and also political dissent."