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Will Russia Start Blocking Websites in Real Time?

Already plagued by Roskomnadzor blacklists, blogger registration, and the blocking of Twitter accounts, a Russian organization now wants to introduce real-time filtering of online content.
by Eastasianews on Aug 8, 2014

More Than a Half Century Later, How Should Jamaica View Its Independence Day?

The learning curve for a people who historically never had a say continues to be a steep one, especially in a climate where corruption was already entrenched.
by Eastasianews on Aug 8, 2014

#BooksForRasul: What Jailed Azerbaijani Human Rights Defenders Need Most? Books.

A former political prisoner invites people to send books to Azerbaijani activist Rasul Jafarov, who has been arrested and will be spending his 30th birthday in jail.
by Eastasianews on Aug 7, 2014

Shut Your Mouth, Russian Bureaucrat

Russia's government won’t be keeping a promise about restoring certain pension deposits, and one high-ranking economic official is already out of a job thanks to a bizarre online apology.
by Eastasianews on Aug 6, 2014

Another Tajik Blogger Speaks Out For Alexander Sodiqov

Fifty days and counting since Global Voices' Alexander Sodiqov was arrested by authorities in Khorog, Tajikistan. Sodiqov has been released but not acquitted. Here, another Tajik blogger defends his name.
by Eastasianews on Aug 5, 2014

Moscow’s Birthday Card to Barack Obama. Is This Racist?

An anonymous group of young people climbed atop the U.S. embassy in Moscow and hung a banner mocking the American President on his 53rd birthday. Was the sign racist?
by Eastasianews on Aug 5, 2014

The Kremlin Is Fighting the Internet by Buying It Up

Once Russia's most independent news portals, Lenta.ru and Gazeta.ru will now host video content from state-run television.
by Eastasianews on Aug 5, 2014

“From the [four] compass points of the earth, arises a mighty cry — #freezone9bloggers!”

From Hong Kong to Islamabad to Cairo to San Francisco, allies across the globe tweeted their support for Ethiopia's Zone9 bloggers, who have been in prison for 102 days.
by Eastasianews on Aug 4, 2014

Russian-French Opposition Activist Koblyakov Arrested in Bulgaria

Nikolay Koblyakov, founder of the French NGO Free Russia, which for years has organized protests against Putin's regime, was arrested at Sofia Airport on July 29, 2014.
by Eastasianews on Aug 3, 2014

Electronic Witch-hunts in Bahrain, Israel and the ISIS

Scores of people were arrested and tortured in Bahrain after an online witch-hunt to identify protesters. Today, the same tactic is being used by Israel and the ISIS.
by Eastasianews on Aug 2, 2014

-Appeals Court: ‘Ground Zero Cross’ Can Stay at 9/11 Museum

English: A cross at Ground Zero. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a lawsuit by an theist group to have the ‘Ground Zero’ Cross’ removed from the 9/11 museum. Here’s the story from the Huffington Post:...
by ANSWERS For The Faith on Jul 29, 2014

China Monitors the Internet and the Public Pays the Bill

Experts say the billion-yuan “stability maintenance industry” is designed to help the government tighten its grip over public opinion online -- and to turn a profit.
by Eastasianews on Jul 29, 2014

Spanish Soldier Who Penned a Best-Selling Novel About Military Corruption Gets Jail Time

Luis Segura, a lieutenant in the Spanish army, is in prison for criticizing the military during interviews for his novel "Un paso al frente" (A step forward).
by Eastasianews on Jul 29, 2014

The World Tweets for Ethiopia’s Zone9 Bloggers on July 31

Join Global Voices bloggers for a worldwide, multilingual tweetathon in support of the ten bloggers and journalists facing terrorism charges in Ethiopia.
by Eastasianews on Jul 28, 2014

Bangladesh Authorities Shut Down a 200-Year-Old Brothel, Evicting Hundreds of Sex Workers

Pressure from religious leaders and conservative politicians is the suspected reason behind the closure. But the national platform of sex workers of Bangladesh accused local officials of land grabbing.
by Eastasianews on Jul 28, 2014

‘Terrified’ Founder Decides to Shutter Hong Kong Pro-Democracy News Site ‘House News’

Some are speculating that the site was pressured to shut down as part of a wider crackdown by Beijing on Hong Kong's media.
by Eastasianews on Jul 27, 2014

‘Terrified’ Founder Decides to Shutter Hong Kong Pro-Democracy News Site ‘House News’

Some are speculating that the site was pressured to shut down as part of a wider crackdown by Beijing on Hong Kong's media.
by Eastasianews on Jul 27, 2014

‘Terrified’ Founder Decides to Shutter Hong Kong Pro-Democracy News Site ‘House News’

Some are speculating that the site was pressured to shut down as part of a wider crackdown by Beijing on Hong Kong's media.
by Eastasianews on Jul 27, 2014

Macedonian Government Censors University Students ‘for Their Own Good’

Censorship of freedom of expression by Macedonian authorities is not a new appearance, but seems to be developing in the small southeast European country. Earlier in 2014, when the residents of a state-run student dormitory in Skopje began an online...
by Eastasianews on Jul 27, 2014

Three Anti-World Cup Activists Accuse Brazil of Political Persecution, Unsuccessfully Seek Asylum From Uruguay

Eloisa Samy, a lawyer who has defends activists, was "preemptively" arrested before the World Cup final, accused of forming an armed gang. She was later released, then arrested again.
by Eastasianews on Jul 23, 2014


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