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· February, 2018

Stories about Elections from February, 2018

Mexico's Electoral Authority Announces Collaboration with Facebook, Casting Doubt on its Credibility

Social media are accusing the INE of creating "fake news" for having made false claims about an agreement with Facebook.

One Country, Two Leaders and Four Censored TV Channels: Kenya's Political Crisis Takes a Toll on Human Rights

The illusion of an independent Kenyan media that is free from state interference has evaporated.

As Leaders Step Down, a Cautious Hope Rises on the African Continent

After the resignation of Zuma and Desalegn, "the mood on the continent is one of hope, on the one hand, and of palpable restraint and scepticism on the other."

After Alleged Election Fraud and Protests, Honduran Congress Moves to Regulate Hate Speech Online

Hondurans fear censorship as congress debates Internet and social media regulation.

Brazil's Largest Newspaper Quits Facebook, Accuses it of Harboring ‘Fake News’

Folha's editor accused Facebook of "...banning professional journalism from its pages in favour of personal content and opening space for ‘fake news’ to proliferate."

Kenyan TV Networks Censored for Airing Symbolic ‘Swearing In’ of Opposition Leader Raila Odinga

When Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga was symbolically—if not legally—sworn in as the "people's president" on January 30, three major broadcasting networks were unplugged by the Government of Kenya.

Burundi's Opposition Says Only ‘Yes’ Campaigning Is Allowed on Referendum to Extend President’s Rule

"The launch of the project to bury...the constitution by Nkurunziza is a declaration of war on the Burundian people. Between Nkurunziza and the Burundian people who will win?"

Gambian University Instructor Detained for Newspaper Interview, Then Released

"We voted for a change of SYSTEM. NOT JUST a President."

Hong Kong Legislative Candidate's Disqualification Is Criticized as ‘Anti-Human Rights’

"...the Decision has used political opinion or affiliation as a ground to deprive her of the right to stand for election – which is unreasonable, unlawful and unconstitutional."

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