· July, 2018

Stories about Free Expression from July, 2018

19 July 2018

Access denied: How Uganda’s social media tax is turning news and information into luxury goods

For Uganda’s poorest residents, the new tax raises internet connection costs by 10%.

Netizen Report: Israeli legislators look at new laws that would stifle speech and surveil the public

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

18 July 2018

What will it take to #savetheinternet in Europe? The view from Romania

Copyright proposals being pushed by European governance bodies must take into account the nature and potential uses of networked digital technology.

‘If it isn’t recorded, it didn’t happen': Israel moves to restrict photo documentation of military activity

Israeli legislators are pushing two bills that would further restrict speech by activists and journalists critical of its policies in Israeli-occupied Palestinian territory.

11 July 2018

Iranian authorities arrest ‘Instagram celebrities’, in effort to assert control over social media

Iranian authorities announce plans to filter Instagram because of the evils of "Instagram celebrities". A few days later, the state broadcaster reveals the arrest of several "Instagram celebrities."

What's happened to digital rights over the past seven years? 300 editions of the Netizen Report will tell you

This week, we're looking back at seven years of covering global digital rights news in celebration of our 300th edition!

9 July 2018

Uganda's tax on social media will widen the digital gender gap

"When I interviewed women living in...a slum in Kampala, I learned that for them, WhatsApp and Facebook are the internet...with the new tax, they will be cut off altogether."

6 July 2018

Ugandans say #NoToSocialMediaTax because it exploits women, youth and the poor

Ugandans are saying #NoToSocialMediaTax because it is unconstitutional, increases poverty, targets youth, and exacerbates the digital divide.

#NoToSocialMediaTax: Join Global Voices for a July 9 tweetathon against Uganda's social media tax

Freedom is free, not taxed. Global Voices supports the #NotoSocialMediaTax campaign in Uganda.

3 July 2018

Lebanese journalist sentenced to prison in absentia, for ‘defaming’ foreign minister on Facebook

From exile in the UK, Fidaa Itani says the sentence marks the end of an era for free expression in Lebanon.