· March, 2015

Stories about Censorship from March, 2015

Another Blogger Hacked to Death: Is Free Thinking Becoming Fatal in Bangladesh?

A young man named Oyasiqur Rahman Babu was killed in Bangladesh by religious fanatics in the second such incident in a month's time.

China: Uyghur Couple Convicted of Violating “Abnormal Appearances” Rule for Wearing Beard, Burqa

The 38-year-old husband, member of China's Muslim minority Uyghur community, has been sentenced to six years in prison. Online reporting about the case has since been censored.

News and Search Websites Blocked in Yemen as Conflict Escalates

Several websites, some of which include content critical of the Houthi takeover in Yemen, have been blocked by Yemen's largest ISP.

Pakistani Journalist and Blogger Remains in Exile, One Year After Violent Attack

Once a contributor to Global Voices, Rumi was added to the Taliban's hit list after he opposed government peace talks with the militant group in 2014.

Belarus Tightens Grip on Internet With New Data Retention Decree

The new data retention demands are just the latest in a string of restrictive Internet measures employed by Belarus in the wake of the next presidential election.

Netizen Report: Are France’s Human Rights Commitments Crumbling Post-Charlie?

France ups the ante with more anti-terror measures, GreatFire.org suffers and massive DDoS attack, and India welcomes good news for free expression, for once.

India's Supreme Court Axes Online Censorship Law, But Challenges Remain

People in India are cheering after the Indian Supreme Court struck down IT Act Section 66A, calling it a violation of free expression.

Macedonian Journalist Describes How it Feels to be Subject of State Surveillance

"I can clearly see that someone knew in advance what story I was working on. Enough for me to conclude that my sources of information were endangered."

Chinese Artist Recounts Being Censored for Selling Ai Weiwei T-Shirt

Artist Wu Tun saw economic rights collide with online censorship when he tried to sell a T-shirt supporting world renowned political artist Ai Weiwei.

Russia Will Deploy “Digital Fingerprinting” to Enforce Copyright Online

A new intellectual property register, based on the principle of digital fingerprinting, is in the works in Russia to track and protect copyrighted files online.

Internet in Iran: Evaluating Rouhani’s First Two Years as President

Has Rouhani lived up to lofty expectations of more Internet freedom in Iran? This is the question Small Media's latest report seeks to address.

Netizen Report: Art, Sex and the Social Web

Artists face censorship on Facebook and US Senator Ron Wyden points out that sometimes, cybersecurity really does mean surveillance.

Government Takedown Requests from Russia Double, Facebook Reports

Facebook restricted access to 55 pieces of content in Russia since July 2014, based on requests from Russian authorities, compared to 29 fulfilled during the first half of 2014.

Human Rights Watch Website Temporarily Blocked at Egypt the Future Conference

A block on Human Rights Watch website was lifted at an economic conference in Egypt after a journalist raised the alarm on Twitter.

Vietnamese Photojournalist Continues Hunger Strike After Four Years Behind Bars

In addition to the lengthy prison sentence and subsequent house arrest, Minh Man has faced increasingly unfair and discriminatory treatment in detention.

Vietnam: Communist Party Leaders Struggle Over Social Media

Vietnam's Decree 72 prohibiting "aggregation" of online news prompted fury from foreign media and free speech organizations, but did Vietnamese Facebookers change their ways? Not one bit.

Roscomnadzor Threatens Complete Block of RuNet Encyclopedia

Russian telecom watchdog Roscomnadzor wants to block pages about "drugs and child porn" on RuNet culture encyclopedia Lurkmore.ru, but will instead block the entire website, because it uses https encryption.

Blogger Law Violations Go Unpunished in Russia

Since the infamous 'blogger law' came into power in Russia seven months ago, Roscomnadzor documented 67 violations, but not a single blogger has been punished for swearing or religious offenses.

#FragaWantsToPost: A Brazilian Activist Has Been Forbidden From Protesting for Two Years

Ricardo Fraga’s right to protest has been legally suspended for the last 728 days. He cannot post or mention anything about the high-rise construction project that is changing his neighborhood.

Iran Wants to Befriend Google

Google is welcome in Iran, says a government official, as long as it respects 'cultural conditions'.

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