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#CollateralFreedom: RSF Unblocks Nine Censored News Sites

Posted March 12th, 2015 at 12:33 pm (UTC+0)
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In an effort to counter online censorship in 11 countries it labels “Enemies of the Internet,” Reporters Without Borders is unblocking access to nine news websites that have been blocked in their respective countries.. It has done so by mirroring blocked sites – that is, duplicating the censored sites and uploading their contents on internet […]

Russia: Enforced Psychiatric ‘Treatment’ for Activist

Posted March 31st, 2014 at 1:24 pm (UTC+0)
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A troubling report from Index on Censorship this morning:  A 39 year-old activist arrested in 2012 for taking part in a protest in Moscow could be spending the rest of his life in a state-owned hospital. Last week, Mikhail Kosenko lost his appeal case against enforced psychiatric treatment and was sent to a hospital for […]

Russia: Silencing Critics at Sochi

Posted February 18th, 2014 at 5:32 pm (UTC+0)
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The arrests of several activists near Sochi have renewed attention on the ways in which dissent is suppressed in Russia.  Two members of the feminist punk group Pussy Riot were released after being arrested and detained for a short period Tuesday.  Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina say this was their arrest in three days. Tolokonnikova’s […]

Russian Court’s Anti-Gay Ruling Could Threaten Elton John’s Concert Plans

Posted December 7th, 2013 at 8:53 am (UTC+0)
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Sir Elton John is reconsidering an upcoming performance in Russia, says Britain’s Independent, because of a controversial new law that bans “gay propaganda.”  A  ruling by Russia’s highest court that was revealed this week may help him make up his mind:  The Constitutional Court has ruled that the “propaganda” is not a breach of the […]

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