· April, 2016

Stories about Censorship from April, 2016

Netizen Report: In Chad, You Can Rock the Vote, But Watch Your Back

Chad disconnects Internet access for first-round presidential voting, local officials in India are none too pleased about WhatApp's new encryption, and Mexico reconsiders major telecommunications legislation.

A University Professor Is Hacked to Death, Another Victim of Deadly Intolerance in Bangladesh

Rezaul Karim Siddique joins a long list of intellectuals, bloggers and foreigners who have lost their lives in similar killings purportedly carried out by Islamist militants.

Iranian Cartoonist Atena Farghadani's Prison Sentence Reduced From 12 Years to 18 Months

"To my cartooning colleagues around the world: let's keep watching and speaking out for Atena Farghadani."

Azerbaijan's Hunger Games: Independent Media on the Brink

"We declare yet again, by opening this absurd criminal investigation the government of Azerbaijan is creating barriers to freedom of speech, and journalism activity."

Malaysia Will Likely Force ‘Political Blogs’ and News Websites to Register With the Government

Human rights groups and media freedom advocates denounced the proposal as a curtailment of free speech, adding that the move reverses Malaysia's earlier stated commitment to promoting Internet freedom.

Netizen Report: That Time When the Internet in Ecuador Died

Ecuador weathers a sudden mass Internet outage, insulting Tanzania's president proves costly, Twitter gets settled unsettlingly in China, and more.

Dissidents Worry #TwitterisDead After Company Hires Former Chinese Military Officer

"This is a severe threat to the Chinese struggling for free speech."

Tanzania's Cybercrime Act Makes It Dangerous to “Insult” the President on Facebook

Tanzanian netizen Isaac Habakuk Emily is accused of posting a controversial Facebook message "insulting" the president of Tanzania.

A Breakdown of the Current Version of Brazil's Cybercrimes Bill

Following criticism, the Commission made some changes to the most controversial elements of the legislation. But a battle still lies ahead.

Under Brazil's Cybercrime Bill, Social Media Sites Could Become ‘Permanent Agents of Vigilance’

"If somebody insults a politicians on a social media platform, the platform will be obligated to remove the content in a maximum of 48 hours."

In Kenya, Banned Music Video Celebrating Same-Sex Love Stays on YouTube

The Kenya Film Classification Board has banned the video arguing that "it does not adhere to the morals of the country."

Maldives Media Crackdown Triggers Forced Newspaper Closure, Journalist Arrests

Riot police used brute force and pepper spray and strip-searched both male and female journalists, who hailed from several local media organizations.

Chinese Censors Erase #PanamaPapers Evidence From Web

The leaked files reveal offshore companies linked to China's top leader, who has vowed to fight "armies of corruption". But most mainland Chinese haven't even heard about them.

Zambian Deputy Minister Attacks Bank Employee Over Facebook Comment

The Deputy Minister’s visit reportedly was marked with obnoxious name calling, threats and shouts that shocked clients and security personnel at the bank.

Posting Photos of Red Bowls on Facebook Is Now Deemed Seditious by the Thai Junta

"The Thai junta’s fears of a red plastic bowl show its intolerance of dissent has reached the point of absolute absurdity."

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