Stories about Censorship

Pakistan bans TikTok for the second time

TikTok was blocked in Pakistan for 10 days in October 2020. Access was restored after the app's parent company ByteDance assured authorities it would bolster moderation.

Turkey reins in social media—one platform at a time

The new social media law sets up a series of restrictions that will have a lasting impact on digital rights and freedom of expression in Turkey.

Indian farmers’ protests: Twitter withholds, then restores, prominent accounts by government order

Twitter restored the accounts after concluding they were "speech and newsworthy," a decision the Indian government decried: "Twitter cannot assume the role of a court and justify non-compliance."

A social media blackout persists in Uganda, weeks after the election

Uganda's longtime leader Yoweri Museveni was reelected for a sixth term, as rival Bobi Wine alleges massive irregularities, state inspired violence, intimidation and harassment.

In Tanzania, full-throttle COVID-19 denial leaves citizens without access to public health information

Since March 2020, the Tanzanian government has gone silent on the coronavirus with no data released to the public on infections or deaths.

Lockdown to shutdown: How COVID-19 stifled digital rights in Zimbabwe

COVID-19 and its subsequent government policies have had far-reaching implications on digital rights and media freedom in Zimbabwe.

In Pakistan, social media platforms risk bans under new ‘draconian’ rules

New rules vesting the government with the power to regulate online content and ban entire platforms drew criticism from human rights groups and tech companies.

Solomon Islands bans Facebook for ‘harmful content’

"Do not go into public life and make laws and decisions for your own good or for your own protection as is seen with the banning of Facebook."

Five new digital media platforms for uncensored news from Colombia

In Colombia, a new generation of journalists are fighting self-censorship and investigating corruption.

Shutdowns, throttling and stifling dissent online: Africa’s new normal, Part I

African governments are using school examinations and politically charged moments as an excuse to effect digital blackouts or clamp down on social media. 

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