The Vietnamese authorities should immediately drop all charges and release the well-known blogger Nguyen Lan Thang, Human Rights Watch said today.
Journalism and Free Speech articles on Democracy Chronicles
A basic necessity in a democratic society, is journalism and free speech play a central role in creating a system of checks and balance, and in distributing power equally between governments, businesses, individuals, and other social entities. Access to verifiable information gathered by independent media sources, which adhere to journalistic standards, can also be of service to ordinary citizens, by empowering them with the tools they need in order to participate in the political process. Also see our articles on Civil Rights.
Imprisoned Journalist Is Latest Escalation In Algeria Media Crackdown
Abdessalem Bouchouareb has been convicted in Algeria as part of an ongoing media crackdown, raising worries over press freedom.
Rewards Get People To See Truth In Politically Unfavorable Info
People don’t carefully evaluate links for accuracy and that partisanship may be secondary to the rush of getting a lot of likes on social media.
Tech Lobbyists Fight States Over Privacy Violations
Senator Whitney Westerfield has re-introduced a data privacy bill to give consumers more control over personal information online in Kentucky.
Europe Needs Stronger Rules For Political Ads
Proposed EU regulation will increase public scrutiny of paid political messaging, restrict distribution of political ads based on individual sensitivities.
Defending Democracy Against A Rapidly Evolving Internet
2022 saw significant online ecosystem changes that have the potential to further erode global democratic systems and values.
Hong Kong Tightening Its Grip On Foreign Journalists
With the arrest of Japanese photographer Michiko Kiseki Hong Kong’s media repression has been expanded to foreign journalists.
In Cameroon, Investigative Journalists Want More Protection
After the murder of their colleague Martinez Zogo, a government critic, Cameroonian journalists have said they won’t be intimidated…
ChatGPT Is Changing Education, AI Experts Say
Newly-launched AI-powered chatbot ChatGPT is changing the internet landscape. It presents several opportunities, including in education.
How Online Censorship Affects Internet Freedom in China
The sheer perseverance and linguistic ingenuity of activists and dissidents are impressive, but the Chinese state’s state of online freedom is less so.