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15 October 2019

Internet censorship in Sudan: Rethinking laws and tactics that served an authoritarian regime

Advox

Sudan's transitional authorities have taken small steps toward improving the climate for internet freedom in the country— but these remain inadequate.

14 October 2019

Was the Nobel Peace Prize for Ethiopia’s prime minister premature?

The Bridge

Abiy Ahmed Ali has undertaken unprecedented reforms since he took office last year. But will he end up like other African leaders who started well, but went rogue over time?

A Crimean Tatar journalist's defiant last words in court

RuNet Echo

"I am a citizen of Ukraine, a Crimean Tatar, a Muslim. I am a journalist, a father, a husband, and a son. With the grace of God, these will not...

13 October 2019

This Tanzanian youth advocate has a vision for inclusive education

A recent study conducted by HakiElimu found that even in schools deemed “inclusive,” the learning environment was still not very friendly for students with visual impairment.

Youth join Climate Strike in Japan as government invests in fossil fuels

Japan is not void of warriors shouting out for climate sustainability. But these young activists are concerned that the adults aren’t ready to hear them.

12 October 2019

Arts festival caught in the crosshairs of Azerbaijan's ‘national mentality’

One mural depicting the body of a transgender person drew so much attention that it was painted over once the festival ended — in a not so artistically-friendly way.

Young Jamaican senator makes ‘inappropriate’ comments in parliament about breast cancer

"How is [discussing] part of a woman's body either appropriate or relevant in a Parliamentary (or any other public/formal discourse)?"

Algerian government cracks down as demonstrators protest presidential elections

The Algerian government has tried to stop peaceful marches, but failed. Protesters stop at nothing to reach their stated goal of ending the post-independence political system.

Police raid on rehab centre in Trinidad reveals inhumane conditions

Scores of people were found caged and mistreated in a rehabilitation centre that at one time received millions of dollars in government assistance.

India's Apex Court Halts Tree Felling in Mumbai Amid Protests

The Court stay on tree-cutting in Aarey may be a temporary victory to activists fighting for preserving Mumbai forest, but India is losing the larger battle on protecting the environment.

11 October 2019

Netizen Report: Iraq and Ecuador face network shutdowns amid public protests

Advox

Networks are down in Turkey, Iraq and Ecuador; US tech companies are cutting off Venezuelans; and gatekeepers continue holding back content related to Hong Kong protests.

Google removes Hong Kong protester role-playing game from its Play Store

Advox

The mobile game, entitled "The Revolution of Our Times", provides details on the political context leading up to the protests with a map on key protest sites in Hong Kong.

Nigerian journalist Omoyele Sowore remains in jail on trumped-up charges of treason and insulting the president

Advox

Rights groups see Omoyele Sowore's continued detention and the charges filed against him as merely a criminalisation of political dissent in Nigeria. 

10 October 2019

Trinidad's First Peoples say the indigenous name of airport should not be changed

The Trinidad prime minister's announcement about a possible airport name change from Piarco International Airport to the Eric Williams Airport has left the public divided.

Despite last year's ‘alternative’ win, Guadeloupe's Maryse Condé passed over for 2019 Nobel Prize in Literature

The odds appeared to be in Condé's favour, but the Swedish Academy instead named Austrian author Peter Handke winner of the 2019 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature.

‘I and we': The rallying cry of Russian protests

RuNet EchoThe Bridge

As the product of no particular political grouping or ideology, Я/Мы has become a relatively neutral rallying cry around which citizens of all political persuasions can unite.

Bangladesh regulator blocks engineering university webpage containing reports of student abuse

Advox

The Telecommunication Regulatory Commission blocked an online page where over 175 complaints were anonymously made by current and former students of the top engineering university of the country.

The Hungarian journalists who wouldn't keep quiet

Interview with Csaba Lukács, journalist and managing director of the independent weekly Magyar Hang, on the trials and tribulations of running a critical, conservative newspaper in Viktor Orbán's Hungary.

Thai Twitter users face threats over comments on royal motorcade

Advox

The hashtag #royalmotorcade trended in Thailand after netizens reported traffic problems caused by a royal motorcade.

9 October 2019

#SexForGrades: A new documentary exposes sexual harassment at West African universities

Professors who harass female students and pressure them for sex in return for grades or school admission has become the norm in many universities in Nigeria and Ghana.