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21 March 2020

Quarantine woes in Bangladesh amid coronavirus fears

The government has ordered Bangladeshis who are returning from affected COVID-19 countries to home-quarantine. But a lack of monitoring has led to concerns that the disease may spread rapidly.

13 March 2020

China government spokesperson suggests on Twitter that COVID-19 may have originated in the United States

Chinese Communist Party-affiliated media have framed the incident as part of the US information war against China.

11 March 2020

Media coverage of Delhi riots muzzled in India

Advox

On March 6, the Indian government banned two Malayalam news channels for 48 hours for their coverage of the violence in North East Delhi; the decision was reversed the following...

9 March 2020

A ‘sweet’ deal: Sugar war ends between Tanzania and Uganda after years-long embargo

After a years-long ban on sugar imports from Uganda, Tanzania announced that it would open up trade on a government-to-government basis, strengthening ties within the East African Community.

8 March 2020

How Chinese social media platforms control information on COVID-19

Advox

At the initial stage of the outbreak of COVID-19 in China, censors curbed public alerts on the threat. Later, censorship was broadened to include criticism of leaders and policies.

6 March 2020

Kosovo politicians falsely claim Jamaica recognition. Why didn't media verify?

On February 19, Kosovar officials' tweets about Jamaica recognizing their country as a sovereign state received wide media coverage. And then Jamaica denied everything.

Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs obliged by court to publish finances of US-based foundation

Documents revealed the involvement of acting U.S. Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell in a Hungarian foundation, a fact that had not been lawfully disclosed to the Justice Department.

Bhutan deals with its first COVID-19 case by temporarily shutting down borders

Bhutan's first positive case of COVID-19, an American tourist who travelled from India, prompted the government to impose a two-weeks-long restriction on all incoming tourists.

5 March 2020

From Sweden to Mexico, indigenous people explain why their languages are disappearing

The Nordic regions of Europe are thousands of kilometres away from Mexico or Peru, but both witness the destruction of their native peoples' identities

2 March 2020

Internet shutdowns in 2019: India continued to top list of worst offenders

Advox

In 2019, access to the internet was disrupted 121 times in India alone, says Access Now in a new report.

28 February 2020

An Italian national is the index case patient of COVID-19 disease in Nigeria

Lagos is a commercial hub in Nigeria and the likelihood of a rapid spread of COVID-19 to other parts of the country is a looming possibility.

26 February 2020

Despite exile, Evo Morales’ influence in Bolivian politics endures

Morales was allegedly the kingmaker behind the candidacy of Luis Arce, the former Minister of Economy who will represent MAS in the upcoming presidential elections.

18 February 2020

Japan edges ever closer to a COVID-19 epidemic

As a ship with 454 infected passengers remains quarantined at berth in Yokohama, the likelihood of a potential epidemic within Japan has slowly started to sink in.

For Rohingya refugees, ID systems have brought coercion, violence and denial of ethnic identity

Advox

"They told us they would withhold rations and that we couldn’t stay in the camps. So we had no choice."

China travel ban heightens threats to Australia's trade, tourism and education sectors

"#Coronavirus is more than a minor cold for the Chinese economy... They’ve got more to worry about than another week’s travel ban to Australia."

16 February 2020

India's forgotten persecution of Chinese migrants

"If this episode destroyed so many lives, what kind of chaos, let alone wholesale injustice, can we expect with citizenship laws and tests applied much more widely than in 1962?"

15 February 2020

Coronavirus-related xenophobia spreads to Central and Eastern Europe

Incidents of hostility towards Asian people reported in North Macedonia, Czech Republic, Belarus and ...social networks across the region

12 February 2020

A rash of ‘travel bans’ as the Caribbean gets serious about coronavirus

Several Caribbean territories, including Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Dominica, and Trinidad and Tobago, have imposed travel bans to and from China.

7 February 2020

How Russia influences Serbian media

Favorable perceptions of Russia and the Kremlin policies result from sustained long-term investment in propaganda, which also affects the wider media sphere in neighboring Balkan countries.

5 February 2020

US tech companies should push to remove sanctions on Sudan

AdvoxThe Bridge

With a nearly 12 million-strong community of young internet users and innovators, Sudan presents a ready and dynamic market for U.S. tech companies—but first economic sanctions must be lifted.