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· February, 2016

Stories about Politics from February, 2016

29 February 2016

Can Goodwill Gestures Help End Burundi's Political Crisis?

Two blocked radios are permitted back on the air, arrest warrants were lifted and some prisoners to be freed -- yet many remain unconvinced about the government's good intentions.

Ukraine's Eurovision 2016 Entry Is About Stalin’s Repressions. Russia Isn't Thrilled.

RuNet Echo

Ukraine’s entry for the Eurovision 2016 music contest is a song about the deportation of the Crimean Tatars by the Stalin regime. So why are Russian officials upset?

Macedonians Protest to ‘Defend the Constitution from the Constitutional Court Justices’

"Apparently it's perfectly legal to do election fraud, and whatever crimes you commit as long as the court approves it"

Macedonian Court Rejects Appeal by Activist Sentenced for Defaming Pro-Government TV Host

Five years after the case first began, Macedonia's judiciary has finally rejected an appeal by an activist convicted defaming a pro-government television show host.

Belgrade Mayor Stands By Police Chief Who Interfered in Journalists’ Work

Belgrade Mayor Siniša Mali has refused to comply with the request of Serbia's Ombudsman to fire the chief of the Communal Police, who interfered with the work of journalists.

28 February 2016

The Malaysian Insider News Website Blocked by Authorities for Posting ‘Unverified’ Report on Government Corruption

Global Voices Advocacy

"Such unilateral action could also be construed as an attempt to intimidate the media against running critical news reports."

27 February 2016

Desperate for Safer Roads, Russians Are Literally Filling Potholes with Money

RuNet Echo

In the past five weeks, there’s been a new slew of pothole-related scandals. Depending on your attitude about lousy public services and motorways, these stories will either entertain or disconcert.

Disenfranchised Hongkongers Flood Their Chief Executive's Facebook Page with New ‘Angry’ Emoji

Hongkongers are making their feelings about the head of their government known, thanks to the launch of Facebook's new "Reactions" feature, which gives them the freedom to express their disapproval.

Efforts Continue to Free Indigenous Activist and Ex-Director of Community Police in Mexico

Thirty months after Nestora Salgado's arrest, efforts to free her continue. The charges against her haven't been dropped even though international bodies have recognized her detention is illegal and arbitrary.

26 February 2016

Jamaica Peacefully Chooses a New Government. Young Activists Take a Bow

Close to 35,000 voters joined the electoral list for the first time. Could the youth vote -- and online activism -- have been the deciding factors in Jamaica's general election?

Journalists Find Themselves the Target of India's ‘Anti-National’ Narrative

"As goons in black robes rampaged through the Delhi court house where Kanhaiya Kumar is being tried, they assaulted journalists not just on day one, but then once again..."

25 February 2016

Ukrainian Court Equates Social Network Profile With Mainstream Media

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

The social media pages containing "calls to overthrow authorities" were determined by the court to be "mass media" because they were public and accessible to an unlimited number of people.

An Exiled Scholar Says Thailand's Junta Is Harassing His Family

"I already found this injustice unbearable. But to go after my family who had nothing to do with me — this is absolutely unacceptable."

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi Briefly Goes Up for Sale on eBay

A bid offering Egyptian president Abdel Fattah El Sisi for sale went up on eBay minutes after he said he would even sell himself to bail out the country.

Pressure Like Nowhere Else in the World: Journalism in Afghanistan

"Freedom means having voice. @TOLOnews & @TOLO_TV gave us a voice and a #FreedomOfExpression. We stand with MOBY & condemn the attack."

Unlike Past Elections, Uganda's Streets Are Empty of Celebrations Following President Museveni's Win

"People are so happy that they afraid they could die of happiness if they start celebrating," one Facebook user sarcastically quipped.

Fearing Foreign Influence, Iran's Hardliners Bash the BBC Ahead of Legislative Elections

"Those that claim that foreign media is supporting the reformists are charlatans."

UN Human Rights Official Pulls No Punches in Assessment of Hungary

After a nine-day visit, UN Special Rapporteur Michel Forst highlighted the disheartening conditions human rights activists face in Hungary.

Why Are People Calling John Kerry a “Thug” Online?

As the Geneva 3 Conference kicked off on January 29, tens of thousands of tweets used the hashtag #KerryTheThug to condemn US Secretary of State John Kerry's comments on Syria.

24 February 2016

Violence Escalates on Eve of Elections in Jamaica

In the aftermath of a typically turbulent campaign season, polls have predicted a tight race and low voter turnout in tomorrow's elections in Jamaica.

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