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13 November 2019

‘Brazil might not be a dictatorship, but it's not a democracy either,’ says Brazilian journalist

Mário Magalhães wrote a book about 2018, the year that changed Brazil forever.

No major problems with fake news in Croatia, says news anchor

"We in Croatia have no major problems with false news, at least not in the mainstream media, but there is a certain distortion of facts on the margins of the...

In Mozambique, Frelimo's landslide electoral victory rejected by opposition

Frelimo also elected 184 out of 250 seats of the unicameral legislative and all 10 provincial governors.

The future of asylum seekers is uncertain in Sri Lanka

"The authorities must take urgent steps to guarantee the safety, dignity and human rights of all refugees and asylum seekers, ensuring that they are safe and have humane living conditions."

Former university lecturer jailed for online posts in Vietnam

Advox

Vietnamese authorities continue their crackdown on freedom of expression against ordinary citizens even when they do not engage in any grassroots activism or political movements.

12 November 2019

Belarus 2020: A course to decolonisation?

The Bridge

Belarus is the most Russified post-Soviet country. In recent years, a series of creative civic initiatives to promote the Belarusian language have been launched to change that.

US withdrawal from Syria tests Russian soldiers’ social media use

RuNet Echo

New footage from Syria shows that despite new information security measures, the Russian military is willing to weaponise its soldiers' social media posts when it is timely to do so.

Hong Kong activists denounce court ban on ‘violent’ content as a threat to internet freedom

Internet Society Hong Kong will file a judicial review against an interim injunction prohibiting anyone from posting, re-posting and aiding the dissemination of information that promotes violence.

Vanuatu journalist says his work permit was revoked for criticizing the government

"People will hem and haw and say all kinds of things, but it boils down to this: I spoke out, and was punished for telling the truth."

11 November 2019

Beirut demonstrations honored in a map showing protest as a process of live ‘city-making’

“Maps are important additions to the visual "magma" we're being exposed to because they allow us to summarize, reflect and put things in perspective."

Putin announces plan to ‘replace’ Wikipedia

RuNet Echo

The publishing house behind the Great Russian Encyclopedia has allocated two billion rubles (over $30 million) aimed at developing a “domestic equivalent” to Wikipedia by the end of 2022.

Wake-up call or smear campaign? How an ad for sanitary pads is dividing Turkish public opinion

In Turkey, a top sanitary pad brand comes under fire after it releases a feminist ad.

Hong Kong police violence escalates dramatically: unarmed protesters shot with live rounds

Hong Kong protests escalate into city-wide roadblock and strikes, after allegations of gang rape in a police station and the death of a 22-year-old university student.

10 November 2019

Netizen Report: Domestic worker abuses in the Gulf expose tech companies’ failures to protect human rights

Advox

Tech companies grapple with abuses against domestic workers, Iraqis face another internet shutdown, and Russia gets ready for a 'sovereign internet.'

Tanzania high court upholds ruling to end child marriage despite attempts to repeal it

In October 2019, the Tanzanian High Court upheld the ruling to end child marriage. The ruling is a step toward eliminating harmful practices and ending all forms of discrimination against girls.

9 November 2019

Surveys show majority of Hong Kong people have lost trust in the city's police force

The issue of police brutality and abusive use of force has replaced the extradition bill to become the city's major concern.

What the door knockers in Colombia's Cartagena de Indias tell us about the city's history

Add beautiful door knockers to your list of reasons to visit Cartagena de Indias in Colombia.

8 November 2019

Chechen leader suggests killing users who ‘insult honour’ online

RuNet Echo

For several years, human rights defenders have consistently cited Chechnya as one of Russia's most repressive regions, citing widespread torture, disappearances, and a complete intolerance of dissent.

In Afghanistan, childhoods are lost to war

“The opportunity for their talents to flourish is taken away from them. The war prevents them to develop their potential. Future scientists have no chance to emerge.”

Was this Nigerian English language film too English for an Oscar nomination?

Lionheart, Nigeria's first-ever Oscar submission for best international feature film was disqualified by award organizers because it has too much dialogue in English.