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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. Since 2013, more journalists have been targeted and killed for their work in Syria than anywhere else in the  world, according to CPJ research. As the risk of assassination and kidnapping has increased, major news […] more »

Europe
by Jean-Paul Marthoz

It all went very fast. On August 4, Germany’s chief federal prosecutor, Harald Range, was ordered by Justice Minister Heiko Maas to withdraw an independent expert from the investigation of two journalists from Netzpolitik. The investigator had concluded that leaked documents quoted by the news website amounted to a disclosure of a state secret, one of […] more »

Free Speech
by Aleszu Bajak

This piece was initially published on Storybench, a cookbook for digital storytelling. Storybench is a collaboration between Northeastern University’s Media Innovation program, a new graduate degree in digital journalism, and Esquire magazine. Thomas van Linge recently tweeted a photo of a munitions truck being blown up in Syria, presumably by the First Coastal Division, a faction of rebels affiliated […] more »

Free Speech
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. A recent executive decree from Peru’s government compels all telecommunications companies and Internet service providers to store traffic data for three years. Assuming that the decree holds, telcos will be forced to provide police with individual user […] more »

Free Speech
by Sue Valentine

The following piece is a guest post and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of this publication. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. President Barack Obama addressed a range of topics while in Kenya. The Kenyan government said it had planned to discuss security and trade, while opposition parties and civil society wanted good governance and […] more »

Europe
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. The massive hack of Milan-based surveillance software firm Hacking Team has sent security researchers and tech journalists on what is starting to feel like a never-ending fact-finding mission through the over 400GB of leaked […] more »

Europe
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. In October of 2014, several Twitter users were arrested in Venezuela shortly following the assassination of Robert Serra, a young congressional deputy who was stabbed to death in his home on October 1, 2014. But information […] more »

Free Speech
by Madeleine Bair

Last week Witness re-launched the Human Rights Channel with a new name, a new online home and a new approach to addressing the challenges of curating citizen video for human rights documentation and advocacy. The Witness Media Lab is the latest evolution of Witness’ work curating online video and advancing its use as a tool […] more »

Free Speech
by John Otis

The following piece is a guest post and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of this publication. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. When Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez was rumored to be gravely ill four years ago, his socialist government was tightlipped about the diagnosis. Then in June 2011, a source in Havana, Cuba, […] more »

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