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25 March 2014
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SPOTLIGHT  |  Qatar
Qatar bills itself as a “bastion of free speech”
Index on Censorship
“Objectively, it is an autocratic monarchy; not liberal, and certainly not democratic. Some space exists in Qatar for criticism of other regional governments, but not of the Doha regime itself,” says David Wearing, a PhD candidate and Gulf Expert at SOAS University in London.
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Americas | Costa Rica
Costa Rican court rules surveillance of journalist is unconstitutional
International Press Institute
 
Asia and Pacific | China
China's suprise freedom of speech crackdown on WeChat
Index on Censorship
 
Asia and Pacific | Pakistan
Prime minister pledges justice, security for journalists in Pakistan
Committee to Protect Journalists
 
Europe and Central Asia | Russia
Russia: Government tightens screws after Sochi
Human Rights Watch
 
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