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18 December 2014

The Russian Internet is Not Free. A New Tax Might Make it Even Worse.

The Russian government is now considering its own variant of an Internet tax, and wants to make all Russian Internet users pay for consuming copyrighted content online.

12 December 2014

Fear of ISIS Threatens Media Freedom in Kyrgyzstan

A Kyrgyz media outlet refused government requests to delete a reposted video of Kazakh children training in ISIS camps. Now it is partly blocked in both countries.

10 December 2014

What Does Japan’s State Secrecy Act Mean for Free Expression?

Japan’s controversial State Secrecy Act became law on Wednesday, December 10. The law imposes strict penalties on leakers of state secrets.

A New Filtering System Could Slow Down RuNet. And Then There's the Censorship

Internet filtering at ISP level might become reality in Russia by the end of 2014. This would slow down Internet speeds and introduce more surveillance and censorship in the RuNet.

4 December 2014

China's Censorship Authorities Are Not Fans of Foreign TV

Two popular subtitling sites closed their doors at the behest of Chinese authorities. Netizens and TV fans are angry about the decision.

1 December 2014

Selfies, ‘Sandwich Parties’ and ‘The Hunger Games': How Activists Have Challenged Thailand's Martial Law

Six months have passed since the army grabbed power and declared martial law in Thailand. During this time, Thai citizens have used various forms of protests against the junta.

26 November 2014

Kazakh Authorities Censor Videos of Children in ISIS Training Camps

Videos of Kazakh children in ISIS training camps have gone viral. Now the government is engaged in a futile damage limitation exercise.

18 November 2014

At Home and Around the World, Supporters Demand Justice for Vietnamese Blogger Dang Xuan Dieu

A former inmate released from detention last month revealed that the activist blogger is being tortured in prison. Supporters in Vietnam and around the world are campaigning for his release.

11 November 2014

Prison in Bahrain: A Tale of Torture

Following the death of Hasan Alshaikh due to torture, Global Voices author Mohamed Hassan details his own experience being tortured by Bahrain authorities.

10 November 2014

Thai Student Activist Says Military Junta Is Monitoring Her Actions

Nattanan Warintarawet, who vocally defends free assembly and expression, spoke with Global Voices about her experience in promoting reforms in the military-backed government of Thailand.