Belarus Criminalizes Following to Certain Social Media Channels

Belarusians who subscribe or follow “extremist” social media channels risk up to seven years in prison under new measures issued Wednesday by the government. Social media platforms such as Telegram were heavily utilized last year amid enormous public rallies opposing …

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Facebook Unveils New Policies Against Online Harassment to Protect Activists, Journalists

Facebook announced on Oct. 13 that it is unveiling new policies to protect activists and journalists from online harassment, as it now deems as “involuntary public figures.” Facebook’s Global Head of Safety Antigone Davis said that journalists and human rights …

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Myanmar Photographer Wins Bayeux War Reporting Prize

An unnamed photographer from Myanmar has won the Bayeux War Reporting Prize. Bayeux War Reporting Prize chairman and Franco-Iranian correspondent Manoocher Deghati said that the decision was unanimous among the jury.  The reason for the award was to highlight “the …

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Russian Government Tags Bellingcat and Other Independent News Outlet Journalists as “Foreign Agents”

The Russian Justice Ministry has added Bellingcat and nine journalists from various news outlets to its “foreign agents” list. According to the ministry, Bellingcat, as well as the independent Caucasian Knot news website and journalists including Tatyana Voltskaya, Ekaterina Klepikovskaya, …

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Singapore Enacts Law Allowing Authorities to Block “Foreign Interference” Online

Singapore’s parliament has enacted a law on Monday that would allow authorities to block “Foreign Interference” online. The law would give authorities the right to compel online platforms to provide user information, block content, and remove applications used to spread …

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Internet to Shut Down in Indian State of Rajasthan to Prevent Exam Cheating

Indian state Rajasthan shut down its government-mandated internet for more than 25 million people to prevent cheating in a mass examination.  The Rajasthan Teacher Eligibility Test (REET) lets hundreds of thousands of candidates take an examination that is a prerequisite …

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Russian Intelligence Raids Apartment of Investigative Journalist

The FSB and Russian police have raided the home of Roman Dobrokhotov, editor-in-chief of The Insider for allegedly crossing the border illegally and has been placed on a wanted list. “The Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation identified and …

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