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· May, 2018

Stories about Media & Journalism from May, 2018

Ukrainian authorities stage journalist's murder, taking ‘fake news’ to the next level

"The lesson here is to distrust reports from Ukraine."

Acquittal of Fiji Times sedition case hailed as victory for press freedom in Oceania

"It has become quite obvious that the government of Fiji has continued to charge people with sedition to suppress freedom of speech and also political dissent."

Bangladesh's ‘zero tolerance’ crackdown on drugs is leaving dozens dead

Human rights advocates say security forces are extrajudicially killing those suspected of drug crimes.

In India, 13 people are killed after police open fire on copper plant protesters

"My Constitution...ensures my right to protest. It ensures my right to life,livelihood,safe and healthy environment. #Thoothukkudi exposes the barbaric assault on these rights."

Macedonians manage to joke about a serious naming dispute with Greece

Although most citizens of the Republic of Macedonia consider the naming dispute with Greece a serious matter, some have dealt with it through humor and satire.

Russian anti-corruption activists are jailed for ‘inciting riots’ based on their tweets and retweets

"...here goes another 'organizing a rally by retweet.' Looks like this time they’re just locking up everyone."

Malaysia’s new government urged to implement media reforms

"These are the principles that have now evolved after much pain and argument in most modern democracies and Malaysia would do well to join them."

Tunisian journalists say police union attacks are having a chilling effect on press freedom

Impunity for abuses committed by security forces and police unions "is almost becoming a norm," according to the syndicate of Tunisian journalists.

Netizen Report: What do Iran, Pakistan and Russia have in common? They all ban Telegram.

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

Hungary’s regime is exporting instability and propaganda to the Balkans

An investigation by Macedonia's Nova TV has uncovered strong financial and ownership ties between a number of Macedonian right-wing news outlets and associates of Hungary's ruling party.

Was Bangkok Post editor Umesh Pandey fired for mismanagement or political pressure?

"I rather lose my position than to bow my head."

Serbia remains silent on cultural heritage devastation by its populist regimes

Serbian art historian Živko Brković has been targeted by threats and suffered burglaries after he demanded accountability from the current Serbian regime in regards to mishandling state-owned artworks.

Netizen Report: Gambia Supreme Court ruling leaves the future of free speech uncertain

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

Montenegrins protest the latest armed attack on journalist, demand end to impunity

After an attack in which journalist Olivera Lakić was shot in the leg, several hundred Montenegrins protested in Podgorica, demanding end to impunity and life without fear.

As Russia's government effort to ban Telegram falters, digital activists are pranking the censorship agency

Tech-savvy Russians are having fun at the censorship agency's expense while it's attempting to ban their favorite messenger.

Cambodia's last independent news site sold to PR firm that worked for the ruling party

"Our editor-in-chief was fired because he stood up for independent journalism and refused to take down an article shedding light on our new publisher."

Uzbekistan releases its “last detained journalists”

For the first time in last two decades, there is not a single journalist behind bars in Uzbekistan, once one of the world's most despotic countries.

‘You and this loss will never be forgotten': The deadly realities of media work in Afghanistan

"What a painful day. What a hard job. What a dark time in Kabul. TariqMajidi is covering the funeral of his colleague."

Hazara women end hunger strike against targeted killings after Pakistan army chief agrees to talks

"We demand that the Chief of Army Staff...must come to Quetta dressed as a civilian and listen to the cries of the 3,000 widows and 10,000 orphans"

Netizen Report: In Afghanistan and Pakistan, journalists honor slain colleagues on World Press Freedom Day

We dedicate this edition to journalists who have been threatened or killed this year, in honor of World Press Freedom Day on May 3, 2018.

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