Global View

A screen shot of the Netizen Report's home page on Feb. 4, 2016.
Hugo Chavez
Free Speech
by John Otis

This article first appeared on the Committee to Protect Journalists blog. When security guards opened the doors to Venezuela’s colonial-era National Assembly building last Wednesday, I was among the dozens of reporters who swarmed inside. Even though the day’s legislative session would not be called to order for another three hours, every seat in the […] more »

Citizen Journalism
by Sonia Paul

The headline of a New York Times’ compilation of user-generated content reads: “The Videos That Are Putting Race and Policing Into Sharp Relief,” showcasing the power of eyewitness video. On the flip side, some of the tweets that erupted last summer, when the video of ISIS members beheading freelance journalist James Foley surfaced, show the […] more »

Free Speech
by John Otis

The moment polls closed for Argentina’s presidential election on October 25, the C5N cable news station breathlessly reported that ruling party candidate Daniel Scioli had triumphed and would succeed President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, who is banned by the constitution from running for a third consecutive term. “Daniel Scioli has won by a wide margin,” announced […] more »

Global View
by Global Voices Advocacy Netizen Report Team

Global Voices Advocacy’s Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. At the U.N.-sponsored Internet Governance Forum in Brazil this week, several activists were stopped from demonstrating in support of Net neutrality and against Facebook’s Internet.org application, which is now known as “Free Basics.” Civil […] more »

Free Speech
by Yaqiu Wang

China’s journalists and bloggers, already under threat of persecution, have faced new risks since November 1, when amendments to the country’s criminal law came into effect. Under the amendment, passed in August by the legislative body the National People’s Congress, those convicted of spreading false news about disasters or epidemics will face harsh penalties. The clause added […] more »

Free Speech
by Global Voices Advocacy Netizen Report Team

Global Voices Advocacy’s Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. Mexico’s legislature considered — and then quickly shelved — a cybercrime bill that critics labeled “the worst Internet law in history.” The Law for the Prevention and Punishment of Information Crimes was drafted by Senator […] more »

Culture
by Amara Aguilar

They have faced dangers such as kidnapping, threats and harassment in pursuit of stories while paving the way for the next generation of women in journalism. For their bravery in journalism, three women were honored by the International Women’s Media Foundation last week at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. Mwape Kumwenda based in […] more »

Europe
by Global Voices Advocacy Netizen Report Team

The Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. The U.S. and EU Internet industries are still reeling from the recent strikedown of Safe Harbor provisions between the EU and U.S., which facilitated the transfer of data between Europe and the U.S., despite the higher standards for […] more »

Free Speech
by Courtney C. Radsch

“We’re stepping up our efforts to discredit ISIL’s propaganda, especially online,” President Barack Obama told delegates at the Leaders’ Summit on Countering Violent Extremism last month. The social media counter-offensive comes amid U.N. reports of a 70 percent increase in what it terms “foreign terrorist fighters” — citizens of U.N. member states who have left to […] more »

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