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Activists’ banner at Kremlin says Putin, not Khodorkovsky, should be in jail

 
A banner draped by Russian activists directly in front of Moscow’s Red Square, called on Russian Prime Minister Vladmir Putin to swap places with jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky. The stunt, which took place several weeks ago, captured the imagination of Russia’s blogosphere in a country where freedom of expression is severely restricted. Read more...

‘Jasmine Revolution’ fails to launch

 
Inspired by the events taking place across the Middle East and North Africa, human rights activists and organisers made a call to protest across 13 cities in China. With only a couple of hundred people in attendance and a significant police presence, the protests ended two hours later. Read more…
 
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Leaked video shows Cuban spy course on dangers of social media

 
A lecture published on the video-sharing website Vimeo shows an unidentified man giving a roomful of Cuban intelligence agents a crash course on social media and the Web. According to the speaker, opposition blogs are being funded by the U.S. to "fuel the counter-revolution" in Cuba. Read more and watch the video...

Censored US anti-war mural shows some art subjects are still taboo

 
Artists and free speech advocates are up in arms in the United States since the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary art (MOCA) commissioned a mural by Italian street artist Blu – then deleted it before it was showed to the public. Read more…
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Fans and artists show support for 'hooligan' rapper

Noize MC, Russia’s most prominent rapper, was condemned to 10 days in prison for hooliganism. Other artists and fans have condemned the actions of the police. Read more...

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Binoche’s appeal “very influential” in Iranian director's release

Iranian film director Jafar Panahi, who had been on hunger strike for a week in Tehran's notorious Evin prison, was released on bail on Tuesday afternoon. One of our Observers in Tehran, who met Panahi before he was detained, says that the Iranian government must have been "shocked" by the involvement of French actress Juliette Binoche and her colleagues. Read more...

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Iran block on France24.com lifted

Our Observers in Iran inform us that the English version of France24.com is accessible once again. We remain uncertain as to why we were originally blocked on April 2, or why the block has now been lifted. Read more...

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Google gets around the great firewall, but Chinese Web users are left behind

"Cannot display the web page".

Since early Tuesday, Web users attempting to access Google's Chinese website have been redirected to the search engine's Hong Kong version. It looks almost exactly the same, but the big difference is that it's uncensored. One of our Observers in Shanghai, Isaac Mao, explains what difference, if any, it will make to Chinese web users. Read more...

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Tehran blacks out in preparation for clashes

"Viewing this website is harmful for you". Image posted here.

The Iranian authorities are gearing up for expected disruptions at festivities to mark the anniversary of the Islamic revolution on Thursday. For several days now it has become increasingly difficult to access the Internet and send SMS messages in major cities. With no YouTube, Twitter or Facebook, it looks like any potential unrest tomorrow may be silenced by the blackout. Read more...

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