· June, 2013

Stories about Free Expression from June, 2013

26 June 2013

Taiwan: Internet Policy Reforms Spark Fears of Censorship

Since this spring, the Taiwanese government has proposed multiple policy reforms that have sparked concerns of Internet censorship among Taiwanese netizens. Some are comparing these amendments to Chinese-style speech control,...

25 June 2013

Nepali Journalists Arrested for Reporting on College Students’ Sex Lives

Three Nepali journalists were arrested on charges of publishing indecent and defaming content online. Police took them into custody after officials at a public university complained that the journalists had...

19 June 2013

Vietnam: Bloggers Arrested, Accused of Spreading “Anti-State” Propaganda

Three prominent bloggers in Vietnam have been arrested in less than a month. All three are accused of spreading anti-state propaganda.

17 June 2013

Orphaned in US, SOPA Finds Home in Russia

America’s controversial Stop Online Piracy Act is back—and it’s poised to become law in a matter of weeks. SOPA, however, isn’t coming to the US, where a wide coalition defeated...

14 June 2013

Everyone's Rights are at Stake: Global Reach of US Surveillance Programs

Last week's revelations about phone and Internet surveillance programs run by the US government's National Security Agency (NSA) sent shock waves throughout the United States and the western media, but...

11 June 2013

US Spying Whistleblower Edward Snowden Takes Refuge in Hong Kong

The man behind the bombshell intelligence leaks that revealed top secret US phone and Internet surveillance programs said he fled to Hong Kong because they "have a spirited commitment to...

10 June 2013

VIDEO: Turkish Protests Filmed by the People, for the People

As the #OccupyGezi protests have surged, Turkish mainstream media has foundered, failing to cover the anti-government demonstrations for fear of retribution. Citizen journalists have stepped up to fill the role,...

8 June 2013

VIDEO: How the Trans-Pacific Partnership Could Hurt Internet Users

A new animated video explains how the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive trade agreement being negotiated by the United States and ten governments from around the Pacific region, could have...

7 June 2013

As Protests Continue, Turkey Cracks Down on Twitter Users

The critical role that social media and the Internet are playing in the anti-government protests engulfing Istanbul and other parts of the country has not gone unnoticed by Turkish authorities....

Saudi Arabia Blocks Instant Messaging App Viber

Following the Saudi threat to block encrypted communication software unless the government is allowed to spy, the instant messaging application Viber was blocked earlier yesterday. The website can no longer...