Stories about Censorship

15 June 2019

Indonesia’s post-election riots led to free speech violations

"While we understand the government’s intention to stop the distribution of false information and protect the public, the decision has also inadvertently restricted public’s access to factual information."

15 May 2019

Singapore parliament approves ‘anti-fake news’ law — will this curtail free speech?

The law gives broad, unchecked powers to government ministers to determine what online information is "false" and should thus be censored or corrected.

10 May 2019

Netizen Report: Widespread throttling puts social media out of reach in Kazakhstan

Social media is faltering in Venezuela, throttled in Kazakhstan and back in action in Sri Lanka.

8 May 2019

Mozambican journalists are released pending trial, after months in detention

Amade Abubacar and Germano Adriano were in detention since January, but were only formally charged on 16 April. Now they must await trial on probation.

3 May 2019

Why is Twitter blocking state accounts in Venezuela?

The unique public value of accounts like these -- even if they are spewing hateful or partisan vitriol -- is worth considering.

2 May 2019

Venezuela's political crisis is intensifying and censorship is on the rise

Food, water and electricity are increasingly scarce, as is access to communication networks.

‘Envision a new war': the Syrian Archive, corporate censorship and the struggle to preserve public history online

Social media companies are censoring images of war. The Syrian Archive is working to preserve them.

27 April 2019

Netizen Report: Saudi Arabian authorities arrest three bloggers and execute 37 prisoners, several of them protesters

Saudi Arabia's assault on free speech continues, Careem might be sharing your number with drivers, and the internet is still shutdown in Chad.

23 April 2019

Leica's promo video referencing Tiananmen Square massacre went viral on Chinese social media. Then, it disappeared.

For days, users were forbidden from writing the words "Leica" in English and "徕卡" in Chinese on Weibo.

India bans China's TikTok for “degrading culture and encouraging pornography”

People in India have been banned from downloading TikTok, a hugely popular quick video-sharing app based in China.

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