Stories about Free Expression

21 March 2017

Jamaican Activist Arrested Under Cybercrime Law Amid Her Campaign Against Sexual Violence

"If the Tambourine Army believe they have exhausted all avenues of ‘proper’ ways to advocate, then I say do what you must, but please don’t give up the fight."

20 March 2017

Fake News and Fake Solutions: How Do We Build a Civics of Trust?

When posing solutions to fix fake news, we need to be careful not to build our own self-censorship machines.

18 March 2017

Brazilian Facebook User Prosecuted for Posting a Joke About a Politician

The administrator was prosecuted not for defamation, but rather for violating Brazil's anonymity laws.

16 March 2017

Netizen Report: Azerbaijani Bloggers Targeted with Legal Threats, Spearphishing

Censorship is up in France, China is censoring scientists (again), and Facebook tells developers to stop using network data for surveillance.

15 March 2017

Syrian Civil Society in Douma Navigates a Tough Crackdown

Fundamentalist backlash to a magazine article has thrown civil society in Douma and Eastern Ghouta into turmoil, as activists and journalists struggle to get back to work.

13 March 2017

In Kyrgyzstan, Prosecutors Sue Media for Offending President

"By advising him to sue internet publications, they are really doing him a bad turn."

11 March 2017

Chinese Scientists Speak Out Against the Great Firewall (Again)

"...it takes at least 10-20 second to access a page. Sometimes it takes more than half an hour to access some university websites…"

10 March 2017

South Africans Want Their Government's Hands Off Social Media

South Africa's Minister of State Security announced that his government is contemplating regulating social media to counter false narratives and the spread of fake news.

6 March 2017

France Sees Sharp Rise in Blocked and De-listed Websites

Authorities have blocked or de-listed more than 2,700 websites in the fight against child pornography and terrorism, but with little oversight.

In Azerbaijan, Another Blogger Gets Jail Time

"Instead of investigating credible allegation of ill-treatment, Azerbaijan jails outspoken critic #MehmanHuseynov for two years."

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