Stories about Free Expression

12 April 2019

Free by day, jailed by night: Egyptian activists speak out against conditional release

Activists, who have recently been released from prison, only enjoy freedom from 6am to 6pm.

11 April 2019

Censored on WeChat: How a fatal bus accident in Chongqing symbolized China's ‘left turn’

Many people saw the bus accident, the result of a fight onboard, as an allegory of China's political turn in recent years.

Rumors of Russia's first ‘fake news’ case against a media outlet might just be fake news

Media were quick to suggest that a bogus yoga ban story could be the first victim of the Russia's 'fake news' law.

10 April 2019

Censored on WeChat: Revelations of toxic ingredients in Hongmao medicinal liquor

Tan Qindong was arrested after revealing the presence of toxic herbs in a popular medicinal liquor. Posts about his ordeal were censored on WeChat.

8 April 2019

Morocco’s Hirak movement has gone quiet, but the crackdown on independent media continues

The movement triggered a backlash for independent journalists and people who wanted to document the protests and ensuing crackdown.

5 April 2019

Netizen Report: As water levels rise, Iran’s ban on messaging apps is slowing emergency relief for flood victims

Iranians ask for censorship pause in face of fatal floods, Indians suspect Facebook of election meddling and Australia tries to ban violent videos.

4 April 2019

Animated film explains how Myanmar's Telecommunications Law undermines free speech

"The law is frequently used by the powerful to silence dissent, and with more than 100 cases filed, its chilling effect on free expression is widespread."

Mauritanian bloggers face defamation charges for reporting on corruption

The public prosecution accuses the two bloggers of spreading what it deemed were "false" reports of corruption allegations against the Mauritanian President.

How pro-government media in Morocco use “fake news” to target and silence Rif activists

While the internet can provide a platform for marginalized voices, it can also facilitate their victimization.

3 April 2019

Government official says the ban on messaging apps is slowing flood relief in Iran

"In situations where sharing information is vital, censorship can turn into a deadly phenomenon."