· December, 2017

Stories about Free Expression from December, 2017

31 December 2017

Brazil Introduces Tougher Regulations on ‘Fake News’ Ahead of 2018 Elections

A committee with members of the army, the federal police, and the Brazilian Intelligence Agency will monitor and possibly order the blocking of false news reports on social media.

29 December 2017

From Internet Blackouts to Violent Attacks, South Asia Saw New Threats to Free Expression Online in 2017

In 2017, South Asian countries faced growing challenges in the field of internet freedom, censorship, and freedom of expression.

Despite Regime Change, Macedonian Civil Society Is Still Reeling from Political Persecution and ‘De-Sorosization’

Will Macedonia's new government keep its promise to respect the role of civil society?

27 December 2017

Don't Call “Xi the Bun” — Chinese Netizens Are Being Jailed for Chatroom Jokes

Three recent cases indicate that chatroom conversations in China are under surveillance and can be used as evidence in criminal prosecution.

18 December 2017

#FindRaza: Social Media Campaign Launched for the Safe Return of Pakistani Human Rights Activist

Human rights activist Raza Mehmood Khan, who was working to build peace between Pakistan and India, went missing after an event in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.

#FreeNganang: Cameroonian Writer Patrice Nganang Detained in a Maximum Security Prison in Yaoundé

Cameroon needs intellectuals resolutely committed to the service of the people, the oppressed. Those who sacrifice their times, their energy, their money, their families, their children, to build change.

15 December 2017

Twitter Japan is Not a Safe Space for Minority Users

"Of respondents who reported they found it unpleasant when coming across discriminatory articles online (as described above), 19.8% said they would refrain from using the Internet."

14 December 2017

A ‘Detainee of All Eras': The Prominent Case of Egyptian Activist Alaa Abdelfattah

"His trial is an attempt to silence criticism of a judiciary that has itself become a source of human rights violations."

8 December 2017

Harsh Prison Terms for Video Journalist and Blogger as Vietnam Cracks Down on Free Expression

“Repressing citizen journalists is not only a violation of human rights but also a major impediment to Vietnam’s aspirations to become a tech and innovation hub.”

Jailed Bahraini Rights Defender Nabeel Rajab Faces Additional Fifteen Years in Prison

Rajab is in prison for his human rights-related activities and for freely expressing his opinions.