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Stories about Politics

18 July 2018

What will it take to #savetheinternet in Europe? The view from Romania

Advox

Copyright proposals being pushed by European governance bodies must take into account the nature and potential uses of networked digital technology.

14 July 2018

These were some of the controversies dominating Mexico's online space during the presidential race

The fourth and last installment of the series on the Mexican presidential elections analyzes how the campaigns unfolded on social media.

13 July 2018

Nauru bans the Australian Broadcasting Corporation from the Pacific Islands Forum

"If we allow ourselves to get into a situation where our ability to report is predicated on how positive our coverage is, then we can’t do our job."

11 July 2018

Iranian authorities arrest ‘Instagram celebrities’, in effort to assert control over social media

Advox

Iranian authorities announce plans to filter Instagram because of the evils of "Instagram celebrities". A few days later, the state broadcaster reveals the arrest of several "Instagram celebrities."

10 July 2018

Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter set to return to Pakistan to appeal corruption convictions

"This judgment is a major development in the war against corruption, and every corrupt must be brought to the book who has robbed the country."

7 July 2018

Censorship in Uzbekistan: The more things change, the more they stay the same?

Advox

We last spoke with Umida Akhmedova before Uzbek dictator Islam Karimov died in 2016. Is life any easier for artists now he is gone?

5 July 2018

Months after the devastation of Hurricane Maria, Dominica launches a tree-planting campaign, but is it enough?

"The young farmers and even some of the older heads can't afford fertilizers and chemicals to treat our farms. Why can't the farmers be treated better in this little country?"

Wrongly labeled as ‘foreign agents’, Russian environmentalists face regulatory punishment — and violent threats

Instead of recognition as patriots striving to protect the nature of their homeland, Russian environmentalists get labelled as “foreign agents” by the state, experience pressure, and suffer physical attacks.

4 July 2018

The threat of a restrictive NGO law looms over Slovakia

"Mr. Fico and Mr. Pellegrini. The main motivation of our protests is Jano and Martina. If you disrespect it with conspiracy theories, you are laughing at the motivation"

Authorities blame air conditioning as Azerbaijan plunges into darkness

"As soon as he got on the phone, all he could talk about was the heat inside the jail."

3 July 2018

Cambodia's government claims upcoming election will be free, fair and plural—but civil society says otherwise

The government has dissolved the main opposition party, placed restrictions on election observers, expanded its control of the internet and social media, and filed tax charges against critical media outlets,

1 July 2018

Who are the main candidates in Madagascar's presidential election?

The next presidential election shows every sign of bringing another stormy episode to political life in Madagascar.

29 June 2018

Turkey looks ahead to a strongman era

The political presence of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is now too dominant to be checked by rivals or institutions.

28 June 2018

Simone Veil, the Immortal: A conversation with author Pascal Bresson on Veil's human rights legacy

"Beyond her image of rectitude and honesty, Simone Veil was, first and foremost, a woman who embodied her era and her struggle."

Netizen Report: As Erdogan’s reign continues, journalists remain under attack — are translators next in line?

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

With elections approaching, Pakistani journalists and activists face rising risk of assault, abduction

Advox

This election will mark the second time a democratic transition of power will occur in the country's history.

Central European University remains in ‘legal limbo’ under Hungary's new higher education amendment

Central European University (CEU) announced that it will remain open in Budapest for the next academic year amidst a legal battle and debate over its destiny with the Hungarian government.

27 June 2018

With new anti-migration laws, the space for civil society in Hungary continues to shrink

"Hungary's gov targets NGOs...because Hungary is small and these happen to also be the only NGOs working on civil rights of Hungarian citizens: looking into police abuses, representing protesters..."

Did Syrians really have a choice? Final days in Ghouta: Caught between an immediate death and a delayed one

"Should we leave the land of our childhood? How can I take my wife and kids from a dark reality to an unknown one? Many questions and no definitive answers."

In long-awaited victory, Angola's only LGBT association receives legal recognition

"Now we are legal and we can speak with property owners without any fear, we can conduct and continue our activities legally, because we will pay the state's quota."

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