· October, 2015

Stories about Free Expression from October, 2015

29 October 2015

Iranian Student Held Without Charge, Pressured to Make False Confession

"Judicial officials...should not arrest youths and pass heavy judgments against them every time they criticize. My son should be sitting in class and studying right now.”

26 October 2015

‘Our Detention Tells a Broader Story About Our Country': Reflections From Ethiopia's Zone9 Bloggers

"To our incarcerators who gave us those ordeals, even if you are not asking us for forgiveness, here we are."

22 October 2015

Ukraine's New Banned Websites Registry: Security Measure or Censorship Tool?

Ukraine's new cyberpolice say they want to protect Ukrainians online, but a banned websites registry is causing Internet users to worry about adverse effects on free expression.

21 October 2015

Netizen Report: Uganda Vows to Step Up Online Censorship

Free speech is under fire in East Africa: Two Facebook users have been charged under Tanzania's new cybercrime law, while new social media regs are on the horizon in Uganda.

20 October 2015

Chinese Nationalist ‘Hawks’ Form Online Volunteer Army Against ‘Enemy Forces’

In addition to the Chinese Communist Youth League's online civilization volunteers, the right-wing nationalists are also self-organized, creating a online volunteer army to promote their ideas and silence critics.

19 October 2015

Two Tanzanians Accused of Posting ‘False Information’ Face Charges Under New Cybercrime Law

According to the state, both men have violated Section 16 of Cybercrimes Act, which prohibits "publication of false information." Little more is currently known about their cases.

16 October 2015

Global Voices Welcomes the Release of Zone9 Bloggers, Pledges to Keep Fighting for Free Expression in Ethiopia

"Supporters have built incredible momentum around the #FreeZone9Bloggers hashtag. Let's use this to keep moving forward, pushing to protect human rights in Ethiopia and around the world."

Ethiopia's Zone9 Bloggers Acquitted of Terror Charges

Many supporters on Twitter put words like "acquittal", "court" and "judiciary" in quotation marks to emphasize the degree to which the case exposed Ethiopia's failed judicial system.

15 October 2015

Myanmar Activist Faces 5 Years in Jail for Facebook Post Mocking Army Uniform

The Facebook post compared the color of the army's new uniform to a traditional dress worn by opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

14 October 2015

Digital Citizen 3.8

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