Stories about Free Expression

16 February 2017

Netizen Report: In Kenya and Mexico, Citizens Suspect State Manipulation on Twitter

As social manipulation abounds on Twitter, Venezuela blocks more news websites, and Facebook heads to France to fight fake news.

15 February 2017

Battle of the Hashtags: Mapping the Online Conversation Surrounding Mexico's Gas Prices

In the wake of protests following Mexico's hike in gas prices, social media has become a battlefield over the propagation of false stories.

Palestinian Authority Bans Novel for ‘Threatening Morality and Public Decency’

The Palestinian Authority's decision to ban a novel is being met with a lot of resistance.

10 February 2017

Thai Media Groups Say Proposed Law Could Bring Total Government Control of the Press

"Government presence on a press panel and licensing of journalists are never part of a free press."

7 February 2017

Ukrainian Social Media Users Get Five Years in Prison For ‘Supporting Separatism’

The two men were sentenced to five years in prison by a Sloviansk city court for threatening the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

6 February 2017

As Burundi's Political Crisis Simmers, Critics Are Silenced

Many reporters and activists have fled the country, and some are even missing.

4 February 2017

China Starts Arresting Internet Users for Insulting the Police

Bad taste or hate speech? Chinese law enforcement is cracking down on Internet users who mock the police and even slain officers.

31 January 2017

Algerian Blogger Merzoug Touati Could Face 25 Years in Jail for Interviewing an Israeli Official on YouTube

The interview focuses on Algerian government accusations that foreign powers stoked protests against austerity measures in the country. Blogger Merzoug Touati is charged with "exchanging intelligence with a foreign power."

30 January 2017

Myanmar Activists Say Junta-Era Defamation Law Must Go

"It is not appropriate that a citizen who criticises someone more powerful should face legal action of this kind."

26 January 2017

Netizen Report: Trump Administration Kicks Off With Media Gags, Anti-Protest Measures

The Trump era begins, Cameroon shuts down the Internet for English-speaking regions, and Iranians wonder if Telegram will be blocked on election day.

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