· August, 2019

Stories about Free Expression from August, 2019

29 August 2019

Netizen Report: Critic calls Indonesia’s provincial internet shutdown ‘racist’

Indonesia's regional internet shutdown continues, YouTube blocks 210 channels over suspected links to China and Tonga threatens to block Facebook.

Months after pledge to open internet, Ethiopia disrupts connectivity amidst communal violence, tension

Ethiopian authorities have resorted to shutting down entire networks in response to recent ethnic and political tensions. A lack of transparency makes it impossible to challenge.

Contrary to Serbian government's claims, fact-checking initiative shows that journalists are far from being ‘all safe’

According to Istinomer's research, threats against individual journalists or editorial teams have become rather frequent over the past few months.

28 August 2019

The case for reforming the Sudanese Access to Information Act

As Sudan launches a three-year transition to civilian rule, the country's freedom of information law should be amended to serve the public's right to know.

23 August 2019

Human rights advocates petition the UN and AU over the detention of Nigerian protest leader

"The unfounded charge of terrorism that was subsequently laid against him was clearly only created to serve the purpose of silencing Sowore."

20 August 2019

Tonga threatens to ban Facebook over anti-monarchy posts

"By trying to impose a ban the government will simply make itself look foolish or ineffective."

16 August 2019

Apprehension rises over the abduction of a Nigerian government critic

Dadiyata, a fierce critic of Kano State Governor Umar Ganduje, was abducted on August 1 and nothing has been heard of him since.

Indian government asks Twitter to remove accounts ‘spreading rumours’ about Kashmir

With the communication blackout inside Kashmir, netizens elsewhere resorted to Twitter to speak out against India's revocation of the region's autonomous status.

12 August 2019

Withheld in Turkey: How the government exploits removal requests to silence critical and independent voices

For years, Turkey has been exploiting tools offered by social media platforms to restrict illegal content in a particular jurisdiction, to silence critical voices.

9 August 2019

Nigerian activist arrested for calling for a nationwide #RevolutionNow protest movement

Omoyele Sowore was detained and charged under Nigeria's 2011 counter-terrorism law. He could face life imprisonment.

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