Stories about Free Expression

13 June 2018

Leading independent websites go dark as Tanzania’s ‘blogger tax’ deadline approaches

"It is not only a self-censorship license but a way to become the state's tool to censor others (contributors) civic right to express."

12 June 2018

Telegram channel administrator could get death penalty for “insulting the Prophet”

Article 262 of Iran’s Islamic Penal Code dictates that “Anyone who swears at or commits qazf [slander] against the Great Prophet [of Islam]...shall be sentenced to the death penalty.”

11 June 2018

Russian journalist forced to resign for criticizing pro-Putin propaganda on Instagram

"We wish the Earth could live in peace, but if our commander in chief Beckons to fight the final battle, we are with you, Uncle Vova!"

Algerian blogger sentenced to ten years in prison, in another blow to free expression

Prior to his arrest, Touati covered anti-austerity strikes and job protests, and rights violations committed by Algerian authorities.

8 June 2018

Jogging through Tiananmen Square: What happens when Facebook meets China's censorship regime?

"The floor you stepped on has been covered by blood from students who fought for democracy. But, enjoy your running in China, Mark."

Whether or not Papua New Guinea bans Facebook, critics say free speech still under threat

"If the government is serious about protecting its citizens, then creating an environment where they can safely use the internet should be the goal, not blocking parts of it altogether."

Netizen Report: In another blow for free speech, Egypt’s parliament passes cybercrime law

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

1 June 2018

Netizen Report: Uganda’s ‘WhatsApp tax’ and SIM card regulations will make it harder to stay connected

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

25 May 2018

Russian anti-corruption activists are jailed for ‘inciting riots’ based on their tweets and retweets

"...here goes another 'organizing a rally by retweet.' Looks like this time they’re just locking up everyone."

24 May 2018

Mexico's new copyright law allows censorship of online content, rights advocates warn

The Mexican chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation warned that the approved changes "criminalize the act of publishing" and "legalize acts of violating the fundamental and constitutional rights..."