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· October, 2018

Stories about Media & Journalism from October, 2018

One dead in Sri Lanka amidst a constitutional crisis

Power struggle between ousted Sri Lankan PM and newly appointed PM has led to the death of a protester in Colombo.

Brazilian journalists face hacking, doxxing and other threats as election draws near

141 cases of threats and violence against journalists have been registered during the coverage of 2018 elections.

Death by bureaucracy? Russian regulators slap independent news site with sky-high fine

"It obviously means bankruptcy and imminent closure for the magazine."

No more photos of sleeping MPs? New rules restrict what media can cover in Tasmania Parliament

"Who do these politicians think they are? They are elected by the public, and the public is absolutely entitled to see how they behave."

Ukraine is outsourcing law enforcement to private companies that don't respect human rights

Their mandates are based solely on contracts signed between them and the city -- which vary a lot from city to city -- and mechanisms of accountability are virtually nonexistent.

In Iran, state-sanctioned messaging apps are the new hallmark of internet nationalization

Since they censored Telegram, Iranian officials have deployed aggressive measures in an effort to promote national messaging services.

Digging up the lost George Lucas Japanese 1980s TV commercials

Japanese Twitter has unearthed a series of 1980s Japanese TV commercials featuring George Lucas singing the praises of consumer electronics giant Panasonic.

Six red carnations and one severed ram’s head: Deadly threats sent to Russian independent newspaper

The recipient of these grisly messages, the independent investigative newspaper Novaya Gazeta, holds the record for the most of its reporters murdered on the job: six, including Anna Politkovskaya.

Macedonian propagandist calls for rape of female journalist, sparking outrage

The threat came from Cvetin Chilimanov, a well-known propagandist and dogged promoter of Macedonia's former ruling party.

When will Egypt release photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid aka Shawkan?

More than one month after a Cairo court verdict that many saw as the end to his ordeal, Shawkan remains in jail.

Will fake news carry Brazil's favored far-right candidate to victory?

Facebook and WhatsApp have seen a flurry of false and misleading posts promoting Jair Bolsonaro, who is likely to be Brazil's next president.

Japanese television program turns migrant raids and deportations into entertainment

"With no deep insights, without even a shred of critical analysis and the stupidity of superficial entertainment, [this] is the worst television program on Japanese television today."

Journalists across India share their testimony on the deteriorating state of media — and vow to fight back

Four journalists have been killed because of their work in 2018. Killings have evoked public outrage, but little response from the government.

Despite proven flaws, India's biometric ID scheme was upheld by the Supreme Court. Now what?

Legal scholars and social scientists are likely to pore over this significant judgment for its far-reaching impact on civil liberties and socio-economic issues.

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