· February, 2015

Stories about Censorship from February, 2015

13 February 2015

In Putin's Russia, a Retweet Can Lead to a Jail Term

Even a retweet of an image or a republished post may cost Russian citizens unfettered access to the Internet—and often, their freedom.

10 February 2015

Turkey Cites National Security as it Cranks Up Internet Controls

Courts offer citizens occasional protection from Ankara's vicious war on freedom of expression and privacy, so government is looking for laws that bypass them.

9 February 2015

Is Iraq Restricting Speech on Facebook?

Local sources say escalating fights online among political parties and sects since last week's execution of Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasasbeh may have led to the new policy.

Twitter's New Transparency Report Shows Massive Spike in Demands from Russia

"We went from having never received a request to receiving more than 100 requests for account information. We did not provide information in response to any," Twitter's report says.

‘We Need to Be Careful Even of What We Think': Self-Censorship in Venezuela

"Since the start of the protests, I had been mapping online censorship and helping people use encrypted communication tools. When the police came, I got up, scared to the bone."

4 February 2015

Who Do We Lose with Internet Censorship and Control?

"Through Internet censorship and control we lose an ability to be our own secret human – the one we are when nobody is around."

The Macedonian Government Clamps Down on Filming Protests With Drones

Drone-made videos and photos were instrumental in demonstrating the size of a recent massive student protest, which has been called the largest student protest in Macedonia since independence.

The Collapse of Media Freedom in Bulgaria

The state of media freedom has progressively worsened in Bulgaria in recent years. In 2014 the country plunged 13 places on the Reporters Without Borders' World Press Freedom Index.

3 February 2015

Thailand’s Digital Economy Bills Could Worsen Media Repression

Some civil society organizations are calling the draft digital economy bills “national security bills in disguise” because of their repressive provisions.

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