Russians rally against harsh legislative controls on the internet

Around 1,000 people marched through central Moscow on Sunday to protest against the government’s harsh legislative controls on the internet. Russia in recent years has moved to impose restrictions on internet use, blacklisting web pages for extremist content and prosecuted a growing number of individuals for posting online. Protesters on Sunday highlighted the case of …

Draft policy to censor internet in South Africa called out as ‘unconstitutional’

The Right2Know Campaign has issued a statement in response to the South African Film & Publication Board’s (FPB) recent draft policy proposing to regulate online content in the country, rejecting the plan as “unnecessary censorship” and “unconstitutional”.   The policy claims that regulation of online content is the prerogative of the FPB, as a purported …

Putin plays cat and mouse with Russian online critics

  MOSCOW (Reuters) – Before the Internet, Anton Nossik remembers painstakingly copying out Soviet dissident Joseph Brodsky’s forbidden writings on a clattering typewriter for samizdat publications.   On his popular blog, the online media entrepreneur now instructs readers on ways to use new technology to get around online censorship, warning them: “There’s not much time …