Stories about Threatened Voices from August, 2015
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Netizen Report: Authorities Finally Take Action on Bangladesh Blogger Killings
Censorship spikes in Turkey and Tunisia, net neutrality takes a hit in Mexico, and Germany puts food porn under copyright lock-and-key.
Ethiopia's Zone9 Bloggers Head Back to Court After 15 Months Behind Bars
The Zone9ers' trial has been postponed 33 times, for reasons ranging from the banal to the bizarre. They may finally learn their fate this Wednesday, at their next court date.
Bangladesh Police Chief Tells Bloggers, “Don't Cross the Line”
"Those who illogically write against religion in blogs are also extremists," said a high police official.
Maldivians March to Mark Anniversary of Local Journalist's Disappearance
"To demand action and accountability from the state, Rilwan’s well-wishers started the #FindMoyameehaa campaign – the first of its kind in the Maldives."
“No Country For Secular Bloggers”: Niloy Neel is the Fourth Bangladeshi Blogger Killed in 2015
"How many more bloggers must be murdered before the government acts decisively to stem the violence and impunity?"
“We Will Choke You”: How Indian Women Face Fatal Threats on Facebook While Trolls Roam Free
One Facebook user threatened to choke her. Two days later, on August 4, Inji Pennu's Facebook account was suspended.
Disappeared Gambian Journalist Slammed With Sedition Charge
"It seems the whole nation is behind bars," wrote one Facebook user on the disappearances of multiple journalists in The Gambia. Although facing charges, Abdoulie Ceesay's whereabouts remain unknown.
Indians Blast Facebook Over Broken Community Standards
"What the **** are community standards if they cannot take down a page purely abusive in nature, harassing a woman using her photos and other personal details?"
Exiled Journalist Speaks on Human Trafficking and The Gambia's Assault on Media Freedom
Sanna Camara fled his home country in the face of legal challenges and death threats after he published a series of stories on human trafficking in The Gambia.