· March, 2014

Stories about Free Expression from March, 2014

31 March 2014

Viber Chat App Blocked in The Gambia?

Government officials say Viber and other Internet-based communications services are depriving local telcos of much-needed revenue. Critics suggest political concerns may be driving the blockages.

26 March 2014

Advocates Hail Brazil's “Bill of Rights for the Internet”

Though privacy concerns remain, the approval of the Marco Civil "is important not only for the country, but also for the world," says Joana Varon, an original author of the...

Brazilian Congress Approves Pioneer Bill of Rights for Internet Users

Brazil's Chamber of Deputies passed the Marco Civil da Internet, the now-famous "Bill of Rights" for the Internet, on the evening of March 25. Advocates worldwide are celebrating.

25 March 2014

How Russians Are Outsmarting Internet Censorship

RuNet activists have created a sophisticated system of censorship evasion and counter-attack, which can potentially make life hard for both censors and pro-Kremlin websites.

24 March 2014

Will Singapore’s Anti-Harassment Law Curtail Free Speech?

Cyber harassment, bullying, and online stalking are now criminalized in Singapore. Will it lead to the protection of Internet users or curtailment of free speech?

Egyptian Blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah Released on Bail

Celebrations continue as prominent Egyptian blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah is released from jail. In his first tweet after his release, the activist vows to "continue" the struggle.

Erdogan Vows to ‘Wipe Out’ Twitter in Turkey

Turkey blocked Twitter last week – along with Google's public DNS service, used to circumvent the block. Nevertheless, Tweets out of Turkey appear to be on the rise.

21 March 2014

As Elections Approach, Denial Runs Deep for Erdogan

Turkey's Prime Minister is calling for democratic elections in a democratic state. Meanwhile, media outlets are under attack, Twitter is blocked, and protester oppression is at an all-time high.

20 March 2014

Algerian Opposition TV Network Shut Down Ahead of Presidential Elections

Amidst escalating protests, independent television network Al-Atlas TV was shut down by Algerian authorities, who raided the network's offices and seized computers and recording equipment.

19 March 2014

Venezuela's New Security Agency: Watching the Web With No Judicial Oversight

CESSPA, the new security agency in Venezuela, may bring yet another layer of state control over the flow of information online.