Stories about Free Expression from June, 2016
Zanoza.kg: Rising from the Wreckage of Kyrgyzstan's Largest Russian-Language Newspaper
"The information war in Kyrgyzstan is a part of the broader global information war. It has always been and always will be."
Founder of Protest Reporting Outlet Goes Missing in China
Lu Yuyu has been missing since June 15. Yuyu has been reporting news of mass demonstrations in China via his platform "Not in the News" since 2013.
Russian Activists and Industry Speak Out Against New Draconian ‘Anti-Terrorist’ Laws
The new comprehensive amendments threaten Russian Internet users' privacy and anonymity by cracking down on encryption and beefing up surveillance measures.
Hong Kong Bookseller Says He Was Forced to Confess on TV During Eight-Month Detention in China
"This is not just my personal matter or Causeway Bay Books, this is about the human rights of Hong Kong people."
World Refugee Day: Fear of Arrest Drives Journalists Into Exile
"I was paralyzed by the idea of exile. This is the first time I had decided to flee the country without knowing exactly when I would return."
Tanzanian Man Could Face Three Years’ Jailtime for “Insulting” the President on Facebook
The case falls against a backdrop of Tanzania's Cybercrime Law, passed in 2015, which critics say gives too much power -- without meaningful oversight -- to police.
No Country for Gags? Politicians Go After Indian Comedian Over Snapchat Video
Indian right-wing political parties armed with police complaints have threatened comedian Tanmay Bhat for posting a parody video on two prominent Indian celebrities.
In Venezuela, Electrical Shortages Limit Basic Communication — and Free Expression
Without electricity, communications via citizen media — a process by which citizens participate and influence their communities — cannot go far.
Singapore Police Seize Computers, Demand Passwords From Advocates Over Facebook Posts
"I insisted I wanted to know my rights and whether it was legal for them to do what they were doing. They would not let me speak to [my lawyer]."
Azerbaijan: Khadija Free, But Other Political Prisoners Await Their Turn
"Our political system is a model of the European political system," claimed the Twitter feed of Azerbaijan's strongman President Ilham Aliyev.