Stories about Western Europe

24 February 2018

Photoshopped Image of Christ Reveals Limits of Spain's Right to Free Expression

The fine imposed on a young man from Andalucia opened an intense debate about censorship in Spain.

15 February 2018

Netizen Report: In Leaked Docs, European Commission Says Tech Companies Should Self-Regulate on Harmful Speech

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

12 January 2018

Netizen Report: Fearful of ‘Fake News’, Lawmakers in France and Brazil Want to Limit Free Speech Before Elections

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

13 October 2017

Netizen Report: Free Speech Is Under Fire in Catalonia’s Push for Independence

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

20 September 2017

Netizen Report: Germany’s New Social Media Law Puts a Price on Hate Speech

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

5 August 2017

Behind Bars for 30 Days: EU Leaders Condemn Turkey's Detention of #Istanbul10

The European Commission called for the “immediate release” of the group, calling the detentions part of a “deeply worrying pattern” of imprisonment in Turkey.

6 March 2017

France Sees Sharp Rise in Blocked and De-listed Websites

Authorities have blocked or de-listed more than 2,700 websites in the fight against child pornography and terrorism, but with little oversight.

12 November 2016

A French Videographer is Detained, Highlighting France's Odd Use of ‘State of Emergency’

Gaspard Glantz, Taranis News site creator and video reporter focusing on protest movements in France is facing legal challenges that constraint his work.

30 September 2016

Netizen Report: Swiss Citizens Say Yes to Surveillance

Swiss activists lose referendum on privacy, Jordanian authorities ban media coverage of writer’s assassination, and Mexico is spending even more money on surveillance tools than was previously known.

17 February 2016

Netizen Report: Medium Stands Up for Malaysian Investigative Journalists

The Malaysian government is now blocking the blogging platform Medium, in an apparent effort to censor the Malaysian investigative news organization Sarawak Report.