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Stories about Media & Journalism

In Turkey, 2.5m students sit university entry exam despite COVID-19 outbreak

This year's exam was embroiled in controversy -- and not just because of the pandemic.

#BlackLivesMatter resonates in South Asia as Unilever drops ‘Fair’ from ‘Fair & Lovely’ cosmetic line

In the wake of the Black Lives Matters movement, Unilever announced that they would rebrand their leading skin care product ‘Fair & Lovely’ to 'Glow and Lovely'.

Russian journalist avoids jail term for ‘justifying terrorism’ – and fears a new assault on press freedoms

While her conviction remains in force, Svetlana Prokopyeva has avoided a prison sentence. The verdict was a silver lining in a new wave of arrests and criminal cases against journalists.

As the health system buckles from COVID-19 pressure, Bolivians turn to herbal medicine

Bolivian ministries, news media and students advocate the healing properties of plants

India bans TikTok, 58 other apps amid rising anti-China sentiment, border clashes

The border clashes and the stand-off between India and China reached naught after India decided to ban video-creation platform TikTok and 58 other apps due to “security issues”.

Remembering the heartbreaking words of Yugoslavia's war-struck ‘Lost Generation’

"Never in my life [did I imagine] I would shoot at someone or that someone would shoot at me. How can this be? It's not right."

US and Venezuelan politicians accuse Maduro of instigating violence during BLM protests

US and Venezuelan politicians believe that President Nicolas Maduro was behind the looting and violent protests during Black Lives Matter demonstrations in the United States.

Students arrested for demanding internet facilities in Balochistan

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

"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."

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

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."

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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