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· April, 2018

Stories about Media & Journalism from April, 2018

26 April 2018

Netizen Report: Protests in Nicaragua trigger media bans, DDoS attacks and the killing of journalist Angel Gahona

Advox

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

25 April 2018

The chilling effect of officials discussing Telegram's imminent ban in Iran

Advox

Some officials say Telegram is set to be blocked at the end of April. Although the app remains technically unfiltered at the moment, usage among Iranians is down.

23 April 2018

#SOSNicaragua: At least 25 killed in Nicaragua protests, including one journalist, say human rights groups

Advox

Nicaraguans are live broadcasting, tweeting and video blogging about the crisis on the ground.

Angolan authorities bring journalist Rafael Marques back to court, for investigating corruption

Advox

A journalist best known for exposing human rights violations in the diamond trade, Marques is not the only target of the Angolan regime.

21 April 2018

Troll farm takes aim at American audiences in new web campaign

RuNet Echo

RIA FAN, a Russian news outlet with known connections to the Saint Petersburg "troll factory", announced its latest project: a website called USA Really, aimed at a U.S.-based audience.

20 April 2018

‘Compromising journalism. Compromising a young woman's right to be herself. Compromising the nation.’

A Trinidad & Tobago newspaper is slammed for its "homophobic" coverage of history-making sprinter Michelle Lee Ahye.

18 April 2018

Will Singapore's plan to combat ‘deliberate online falsehoods’ stifle free speech?

Advox

"…the biggest threat to the stability and growth of the democratic process in Singapore is the government’s control of the media and information."

17 April 2018

Brexit and bias? The framing of immigrants in the media

NewsFrames

Is there something in the topic of Brexit that disinformation efforts can take advantage of? What perspectives might a high-level, data-driven analysis of Brexit news provide?

16 April 2018

Liberian journalists detained, slapped with US 1.8 million lawsuit amid political feud

Advox

Only weeks after FrontPage Africa reported on the LEITI scandal, the newspaper was slammed with a crippling libel civil lawsuit. Press freedom activists believe FrontPage Africa has been targeted.

As Russian court announces Telegram ban, users stand defiant, amused… and worried

RuNet EchoAdvox

And as a year-long battle between Telegram and the Russian authorities ended with the decision to block the app, reaction to the announcement has been passionate and often derisive.

14 April 2018

Jamaican Dancehall Star Buju Banton's Impending Release from Prison Sparks Renewed Controversy

"If Banton[...]retracted his hideous views on homosexuality and sought to amend the damage he has done to men and women across the Caribbean, he would be worthy of a platform."

12 April 2018

Will Tanzanian Bloggers Pay Up or Push Back Against ‘Blogger Tax'?

Advox

In Tanzania, where media historically holds strong ties to government interests, blogging opened up possibilities for individuals to establish private news outlets that proved immensely powerful.

11 April 2018

Ugandan Government Plans to Tax Social Media Users for Too Much Gossip

Advox

"Uganda wants to profit where it did not invest. Social media owners gave it out for free and you wanna tax it?"

9 April 2018

By Attempting to Curb Disinformation on Slain Politician Marielle Franco, a Brazilian Judge Hands Facebook Censorship Powers

Advox

The order could set a dangerous precedent for freedom of speech online in the country.

Russian Newspaper Closes After Years of Tense, Often Violent Confrontation with Security Services

RuNet EchoAdvox

In an op-ed announcing the newspaper’s closure, the acting editor Yuri Grozmani said he had little hope for domestic prosecution of FSB officers complicit in the act of censorship

6 April 2018

India's Data Security Dilemma Continues With Cambridge Analytica

Advox

The fallout from revelations of data exploitation by Facebook and Cambridge Analytica has taken hold in India, where political leaders are accusing one another of using similar means to manipulate...

Netizen Report: Malaysia Outlaws ‘Fake News’ — Will Singapore Be Next?

Advox

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

With Elections Approaching and Parliament Dissolved, Will Malaysia's Anti-Fake News Law Become a ‘Political Weapon'?

Advox

"While this issue should not be ignored, the proposed broad-based law to criminalise the dissemination of news amounts to legislative overkill."

5 April 2018

Tracking Russian Online Interference Teaches Valuable Lessons on Improving News Quality

RuNet Echo

Years before scandal about Russian trolling erupted into global view, independent researchers had already documented the phenomenon.

Indian Government Threatens to Revoke Media Accreditation Over ‘Fake News’

Advox

New federal guidelines in India which states that journalists can lose accreditation if found spreading "fake" or "uncomfortable" news raises an issue of media-surveillance.

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