Stories about Censorship

1 February 2019

With tensions rising ahead of 2019 presidential elections, Nigerians fear internet shutdown

The use of social media to call attention to the government's violations and illegal actions have led to fears that of online censorship in upcoming elections.

Netizen Report: How Venezuela’s political crisis is playing out online

As Venezuelans continue to face internet censorship, Turkmenistan is blocking Google Play, Lebanon is blocking Grindr and Brazil is chipping away at is FOI law.

29 January 2019

Amid civil unrest, internet shutdowns are making Zimbabwe's economic crisis worse

"It's not the fuel price increases, it's not the looming hunger. The most scary thing is that these guys in government are convinced that they are doing a good job."

26 January 2019

Reports of internet blocks and media censorship as power struggle tensions escalate in Venezuela

Internet access is being blocked intermittently and radio stations are being censored as Venezuela's political crisis intensifies.

17 January 2019

Netizen Report: Zimbabwe’s internet goes dark amid protests, nationwide strike

The update from Zimbabwe, plus: China fines VPN users, Cuba is censoring SMS messages and Iranian officials plan to block Instagram.

15 January 2019

Venezuela's crisis of political legitimacy has rocked Wikipedia — and might have led to its blocking

Venezuelan Wikipedians are at war over a question rattling the country: Who has legitimate claim to the presidency?

11 January 2019

Taxed, throttled or thrown in jail: Africa’s new internet paradigm

Across the continent, the legal and economic costs of speaking up are rising.

Chinese authorities go after citizens for using VPNs, skirting online censorship

The news of two men being fined for using VPNs may serve as a wake up call to Chinese netizens.

31 December 2018

Censored in 2018: Protest videos, court verdicts, real news — and Peppa Pig

From blocked websites to revoked media licenses to account shutdowns, censorship comes in many forms. Here are a few we saw in 2018.

22 December 2018

Netizen Report: Bangladeshis see censorship on all sides as elections approach

Bangladesh is blocking websites, Sudanese telcos are blocking WhatsApp and Slack is kicking Iranians off the platform, even when they're not in Iran.