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· January, 2018

Stories about Politics from January, 2018

23 January 2018

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is Pregnant and Internet Users Can't Stop Talking About It

The buzz around the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's pregnancy is just the beginning of months of the inevitable media circus.

22 January 2018

Filipino Bloggers Rally to Defend Rappler News Site

Global Voices Advocacy

"We stand against moves to silence and scare journalists, bloggers and media practitioners just because the President and his ardent supporters dislike their news and views."

Barbados’ Sewage ‘Crisis’ Causes a Flood of Problems

"The South Coast of Barbados [is] known as the place to wine, dine and party. Regrettably, the South Coast has been making news because of sewage overflowing onto public spaces..."

21 January 2018

To Achieve Freedom for Iran and the Arab Nations, the Region Must Unite

The Bridge

"United, we can rebuild the region and save all our peoples before the Iranian regime drags us all over the precipice into a chasm of sectarian bloodletting and chaos."

20 January 2018

UNESCO World Heritage Site at Risk: Bulgarian Government Allows Construction in Pirin, Citizens Protest

Protesters want the controversial decision withdrawn and credible guarantees given that park preservation and the rule of law will be protected -- including the resignation of Environmental Minister Neno Dimov.

State of Emergency Over Worsening Crime Has Some Jamaicans Relieved — But Is It an Effective Approach?

Is a state of emergency "making progress", or is it a shot in the dark as Jamaica grapples with addressing the social and economic inequity that fuels violent crime?

Leaked Documents Show That Ethiopia’s Ruling Elites Are Hiring Social Media Trolls (And Watching Porn)

Global Voices Advocacy

The leaks include a list of individuals who appear to have been paid to promote the ruling coalition on social media.

19 January 2018

Reuters Journalists Covering Rohingya Conflict in Myanmar Detained for ‘Illegally Acquiring Information’

Global Voices Advocacy

"If Myanmar is serious about democratic reforms, it must accept the right of journalists to work freely and report on topics that make those in power uncomfortable."

17 January 2018

Is Taiwan a Country? What About Tibet? China Says They Aren't—and Wants Foreign Companies to Fall in Line

Multinational corporations have faced pressure to apologize for listing Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Tibet as countries on their websites, even if in reality it's a common practice.

Philippine Authorities Order Shutdown of Rappler News Site, Bringing a Blow to Press Freedom

Global Voices Advocacy

"If this revocation stands, Rappler will effectively be shut down —the first time a news organization will be closed by government since the dictator Marcos declared martial law in 1972."

16 January 2018

How Will Macau's New Cybersecurity Legislation Impact Freedom of Speech?

Global Voices Advocacy

The Macau Civil Servants Association (MCSA) called the proposal to monitor online data through binary code “arbitrary, disproportionate and illegal."

Two Leading Figures of the Arts in Iran. Two Very Different Reactions to the Protests.

A notable writer, known for fighting against censorship, condemns the burning of the flag during protests. A notable filmmaker, however, shows support.

Why Wait? Wikipedia and Google Accidentally Declare Putin the Winner of March 2018 Presidential Elections

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Whether the error was intended as a joke, or as a political move, is unknown.

13 January 2018

In 2017, Samoa's Parliament Made Libel a Crime. How Will This Affect Bloggers and Social Media?

Global Voices Advocacy

"Concerns about anonymous bloggers should not override the right of citizens to speak freely, without fear of being jailed."

Peruvian Human Rights Activist Sees Similarities Between Maduro's Venezuela and Fujimori's Peru

"Dictatorships not only learn but are sophisticated in their methodology."

12 January 2018

Africans ‘School’ US President on Good Governance After ‘Shithole’ Comment Sparks Global Outrage

"Yes, Africa [has] problems. We don't dispute it. But name calling & outright disrespect by the very nation that has stripped off its resources for years is totally crossing it."

Jailed Paraguayan Activists Call Themselves Political Prisoners but the Government Disagrees

"Liberty, for me, is that all men and women have the possibility of working and living with dignity..."

11 January 2018

With Age Limit Abolished, Ugandans Fear They Are ‘Stuck’ With President Museveni

"32 yrs of inefficiency and we are now stuck with this incompetent, self serving individual whose government is characteristic of nepotism!"

10 January 2018

After Facing Harassment from Authorities, Pakistani Journalist Narrowly Escapes Abduction

Global Voices Advocacy

Taha Siddiqui is the bureau chief for WION news. He also is an avid social media user and critic of the military.

Australian Prime Minister Accused of Political Fear-Mongering After Warning of ‘African Gangs’

"The insidious thing about this kind of craven political campaigning is that the details and facts don’t matter."

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