Stories about Free Expression

9 August 2018

Russians are facing criminal prosecution for sharing memes online, thanks to anti-extremism laws

Repressive laws and cumbersome bureaucracy are putting hundreds of Russians behind bars for sharing memes online.

Netizen Report: Bangladesh protests trigger mobile network cuts, journalist arrest

Venezuela goes after journalists' cameras after drone attack, Iran re-routes Telegram (to government servers) and Google tries to go back to China.

7 August 2018

As Malaysia's new government marks 100 days in office, is free speech still under threat?

"We hope to see a genuine departure from the old oppression, and a transition into a Malaysia where all ideas can be discussed peacefully and our constitutional rights exercised maturely."

3 August 2018

Killing speech softly: How the world’s biggest tech companies are quietly censoring critical expression in the Middle East

The failures of tech giants in moderating content in the region is a big and complex problem.

27 July 2018

Netizen Report: Russia and Sudan join the ranks of countries looking to outlaw ‘fake news’

On the heels of recent legislation in Malaysia, Philippines, Brazil and France, the latest draft laws on “fake news” come from Sudan and Russia.

25 July 2018

Attack by municipal guards signals rising threats against journalists in Ukraine

Municipal Guards for the city of Odessa attacked a group of journalists with teargas and rubber batons.

19 July 2018

Access denied: How Uganda’s social media tax is turning news and information into luxury goods

For Uganda’s poorest residents, the new tax raises internet connection costs by 10%.

Netizen Report: Israeli legislators look at new laws that would stifle speech and surveil the public

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

18 July 2018

What will it take to #savetheinternet in Europe? The view from Romania

Copyright proposals being pushed by European governance bodies must take into account the nature and potential uses of networked digital technology.

‘If it isn’t recorded, it didn’t happen': Israel moves to restrict photo documentation of military activity

Israeli legislators are pushing two bills that would further restrict speech by activists and journalists critical of its policies in Israeli-occupied Palestinian territory.