Tag "Freedom of Speech"

People who are given correct information still misremember it to fit their own beliefs

By Laura Hazard Owen, for NiemanLab Plus: “There is no bygone era of a well-informed, attentive public. What we have had in lieu of a well-informed citizenry is what might be termed a ‘load-bearing’ myth — the myth of the attentive public.” The growing stream of reporting on and data about fake news, misinformation, partisan content, and news literacy is hard to keep up with. This weekly roundup offers the

In Russia, individuals can now be branded ‘foreign agents’

By RuNet Echo, for Global Voices Today, Russia’s State Duma passed the third and final reading of a new bill expanding the scope of the country’s controversial “foreign agent” law. The first iteration of the law appeared in 2012, and introduced the term “foreign agent” to refer to NGOs which receive foreign funding. It’s a loaded term in Russian, with strong associations with espionage. In November 2017, mass media organisations

“Russia is the world champion in free speech”

By EU vs Disinfo “Russia is the world champion in free speech.” This claim was made by the Russian TV host and state media boss Dmitry Kiselyov during a lecture he delivered to students of journalism at Moscow State University on 23 October. Mr Kiselyov repeated his own remark at a Russian journalism conference held in Sochi earlier this autumn. #149 out of 180 It is not difficult to make

Russian official: Telegram isn’t banned in Russia

By Polygraph Dmitry Peskov Russian Presidential Representative for Digital and Technical Development “First, Telegram is not banned in Russia. Second, I do not just use it, but today we have a network that is built on [the basis] of 150+ Russian universities, and it uses Telegram channels for its management.” Source: TASS, October 21, 2019 False A Russian court ruled in April 2018 to block access to Telegram in the

New internet laws in Russia — and US tech giants’ acquiescence — spell trouble for dissenting voices

By Christopher Moldes, for Global Voices A 2017 law regulating online activity and anonymous speech went into effect in Russia at the beginning of this month. The law “on information and information technology” stipulates what content search providers are legally allowed to show. Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor, known as the “censorship ministry”) already maintains a registry of banned websites, created in 2012. The list of banned sites range

Will we ever see the end of information control in Azerbaijan?

By Arzu Geybullayeva, for Global Voices At a meeting of NATO allies in Brussels in November 2017, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev highlighted the importance of free speech and internet freedom. A summary published on the official presidential website paraphrased Aliyev’s remarks as follows: “Highlighting democratic development issues, President Ilham Aliyev said the free internet, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and other freedoms are ensured in Azerbaijan.” This and other

Russian activist is jailed for three days for reposting an image depicting Putin as a Nazi

By Meduza A court in Vladimir has placed a local activist under arrest for three days because she reposted an image on social media depicting Vladimir Putin as a Nazi. The picture also showed Adolf Hitler and a caption reading, “They both got started with the Olympics. They both attacked Ukraine. They both disgraced their countries before the whole world.” Viktoria Lobova was placed under arrest for the misdemeanor offense

European Court of Human Rights Begins Investigating Russia’s ‘Foreign Agent’ Law

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has started investigating whether Russia’s infamous ‘foreign agent’ law violates human rights. The court has begun to process cases for 48 Russian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) branded as “foreign agents” by the Kremlin, the Kommersant newspaper reported. The group — which includes Russia’s Regional Press Institute, human rights group Memorial, and the Siberian Ecological Center — claim that the law violates Russians’ right to

Russian Poet Faces New Criminal Charges for Poem in Support of Ukraine

Alexander Byvshev is facing another prosecution under Russia’s ‘anti-extremism’ legislation over a poem entitled ‘On Ukraine’s Independence’.  A search was carried out on Jan 17 of the 44-year-old poet’s home in Kromy, the Oryol oblast, with his computer, memory drives, etc. taken away.  Byvshev was taken to the Investigative Committee for questioning, with the next interrogation scheduled for Jan 20.  He says that the search was carried out by officials

Russian Court Sentences Internet User to Two Years Behind Bars for VKontakte Reposts

A court in Tver region, Russia, has sentenced Andrey Bubeyev, a local social media user, to two years and three months in prison on charges of promoting extremism and separatism online. According to a reporter with Meduza news outlet, who was present at the court hearing, the extremism and separatism charges Bubeyev faces stem from two pieces of content the Internet user reposted on his page in VKontakte (a Russian

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