Stories about Feature from January, 2015
Iranian Women's Rights Advocate Mahdieh Golroo Released From Jail
Last October, a wave of acid attacks against women created a public uproar in Iran. When police failed to respond, protests and online campaigns against government inaction swept the nation.
Netizen Report: DRC Blocks Networks in Face of Violent Protests
Ellery Roberts Biddle, Lisa Ferguson, Hae-in Lim and Sarah Myers West contributed to this report. Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. This week's report begins in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where authorities ordered...
Global Voices Calls for Immediate Release of Jailed Online Media Workers and Activists
Today, the Global Voices community released a statement condemning the imprisonment of bloggers, media workers and online activists from China to Bahrain.
WhatsApp, Line and Tango in Jeopardy in Iran, As President and Judiciary Clash
Culture Minister Ali Jannati refused to say if the government would implement the ban on three messaging services. They currently remain accessible to Iranians.
Netizen Report: Venezuelans Question Disappearing Internet Service
This week's report begins in Venezuela, where Internet users reported an outage on the country's largest ISP for approximately 12 hours last Saturday.
Sketch Comic Faces Accusations of ‘Glorifying’ Terrorism in Spain
The day after the attack on Charlie Hebdo in France, a Spanish judge summoned satirist Facu Díaz for questioning about a satirical sketch broadcast on his online TV show.
Netizen Report: Post-Charlie Chilling Effects Take Shape Worldwide
This week, we look at reactions to the Charlie Hebdo attack from Russia, the UK and across the EU -- and the ramifications the attack could have for digital rights.
Fact-Checking the Hype Surrounding FireChat in Hong Kong's Protests
Pro-democracy protesters downloaded smartphone chat app FireChat in droves amid rumors of an Internet shutdown. In the rush to cover the phenomenon, media outlets got some things wrong.
What Drives Blasphemy Charges in the Middle East? (It's Not Just Religion)
Sentenced to death for his online writing, Mauritanian blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed is yet another victim of a repressive government using “apostasy” pretexts to crack down political speech.
Netizen Report: China Adds Yet Another Layer of Control to the Internet
In our first Netizen Report of 2015, we look at the latest on censorship in India, blogger persecution in Russia, and the Sony hack (it may not be what it looks like.)
Indian Netizens Criticize Online Censorship of “Jihadi” Content
Indian netizens are speaking out against censorship in the face of government blocks on Github, Internet Archive, Vimeo, Sourceforge and other popular sites.
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