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· June, 2020

Stories about Media & Journalism from June, 2020

29 June 2020

Students arrested for demanding internet facilities in Balochistan

AdvoxCOVID-19

A number of students were manhandled, baton-charged and arrested in Quetta, Balochistan, for protesting against non-availability of internet after their classes shifted online due to COVID-19 restrictions.

26 June 2020

Kyrgyzstan's journalists fear yet another hurdle to freedom of speech

Advox

Kyrgyzstan's parliament has passed a law against "manipulating information." Given their recent experiences, it's no surprise that the country's journalists worry what it might mean for freedom of speech.

25 June 2020

Nationalists in North Macedonia use border closures to sow confusion and mistrust

COVID-19

Local media and politicians have distorted reopening policies in neighbouring countries for political gain.

24 June 2020

Afro-Czechs on visibility, racism and life in the Czech Republic (Part I)

The Czech society started discussing ethnic discrimination and diversity after the fall of Communism, which had erroneously claimed to have eradicated racism.

21 June 2020

Sri Lanka prepares for twice-delayed poll amid militarized COVID-19 response

COVID-19

"The government will not hesitate to arrest opposition activists and voters for violating this or that anti-virus rule while giving a free pass to its own supporters."

19 June 2020

The Kano COVID-19 deaths: Stories untold (Part I)

COVID-19

Our research reconstructed the failure of authorities to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Kano, which resulted in hundreds of deaths despite persistent mass media and social media documentation.

As election looms, Serbia's leading party wants to defend citizens from dinosaurs

"When you can't pay the rent, the only thing left for you to do is build a time machine, go back in time and vote."

18 June 2020

Americans, your fantasies about Canada enable Canadians’ complacent sense of white superiority

The Bridge

When it comes to racism, the United States is far more advanced than Canada. At least Americans can talk about race. Canadians can't.

12 June 2020

COVID-19 diaries from Wuhan: When diaries become citizen reports

COVID-19

"As time passes, diaries are like caterpillars transforming into butterflies."

10 June 2020

Information warfare: COVID-19’s other battleground in the Middle East

COVID-19

As leaders vie to frame narratives and control public opinion on COVID-19, social media is a battlefield where influencers, trolls, bots, and commenter armies fight for influence and power.

8 June 2020

Black Lives Matter in Jamaica, too

"Some of you outraged at the people in America demonizing victims of police brutality and don't realise you do the same thing here."

Internet shutdowns in Sudan: The story behind the numbers and statistics

Advox

In the last several years, Sudan experienced two major internet shutdowns that seriously prohibited basic communication and exchange during politically charged periods, causing exponential losses and risks.

6 June 2020

The future of protest in Uganda

There are parallels between police brutality in the US and Uganda, a country still haunted by the ghosts of its violent past.

Families struggle to retrieve victim's bodies after Pakistan International Airline crash

Families of the victims of PIA Flight PK8303 were asked to give DNA to identify bodies.

5 June 2020

Silicon Valley tech giants race to build Africa's internet infrastructure. Should Africa worry?

Advox

Google and Facebook are building undersea internet cables for Africans with access to high-speed internet — but 33 nations in Africa still don't have comprehensive data privacy laws.

1 June 2020

As COVID-19 accelerates digital transformation, is the internet safe for women in the Middle East?

Women activists and journalists experience are particularly targeted online in attempts to intimidate, sow disinformation and discredit their work. 

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