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· April, 2018

Stories about Politics from April, 2018

30 April 2018

Media censorship surrounds the Pashtun rights movement in Pakistan

Advox

"There was complete media blackout. But journalists were there [to] tell the story [through] social media. Self censorship sign of oppression"

25 April 2018

The chilling effect of officials discussing Telegram's imminent ban in Iran

Advox

Some officials say Telegram is set to be blocked at the end of April. Although the app remains technically unfiltered at the moment, usage among Iranians is down.

24 April 2018

Armenia's leader resigns amid peaceful mass protests

Protestors expressed long-held resentment toward Sargsyan, who has led Armenia through a period of economic stagnation and high-level corruption.

23 April 2018

Angolan authorities bring journalist Rafael Marques back to court, for investigating corruption

Advox

A journalist best known for exposing human rights violations in the diamond trade, Marques is not the only target of the Angolan regime.

22 April 2018

Armenian civil society spreads its feathers in #YerevanProtests involving up to 100,000 people

The country's old president and new premier is the main focus of the country's biggest protests in at least two decades.

21 April 2018

Troll farm takes aim at American audiences in new web campaign

RuNet Echo

RIA FAN, a Russian news outlet with known connections to the Saint Petersburg "troll factory", announced its latest project: a website called USA Really, aimed at a U.S.-based audience.

20 April 2018

8-year-old Asifa's heinous rape and murder in India fans the flames of nationalism

"Asifa is not 'just the face of a child'; she symbolizes the violence her community faces."

19 April 2018

The Philippine government's plan to shut down Boracay resort island threatens to displace thousands

"Thousands upon thousands of real people will be affected by a complete closure of the island. Real, breathing humans, not statistics."

18 April 2018

Will Singapore's plan to combat ‘deliberate online falsehoods’ stifle free speech?

Advox

"…the biggest threat to the stability and growth of the democratic process in Singapore is the government’s control of the media and information."

16 April 2018

Liberian journalists detained, slapped with US 1.8 million lawsuit amid political feud

Advox

Only weeks after FrontPage Africa reported on the LEITI scandal, the newspaper was slammed with a crippling libel civil lawsuit. Press freedom activists believe FrontPage Africa has been targeted.

12 April 2018

#KnowYourDictator: Political Emigres and Their Hashtags Haunt Azerbaijan's Re-elected Strongman

The Bridge

Having largely suffocated opposition at home, newly-elected President Ilham Aliyev is finding ways to hurt activists living abroad.

11 April 2018

Ugandan Government Plans to Tax Social Media Users for Too Much Gossip

Advox

"Uganda wants to profit where it did not invest. Social media owners gave it out for free and you wanna tax it?"

Brazil's Black Population Dominates Popular Politics, But Remains Left Out From Government

Brazilian scholar Flávia Rios reflects on achievements and challenges in the struggle for racial and gender equality.

No Laughing Matter: China Shuts Down Popular Joke-Sharing App

Advox

"A country, a government, a supervision department. They are all scared of a joke-sharing application."

Trinidad & Tobago's LGBT Community Speaks Out as Court Decision on ‘Buggery’ Law Approaches

"Religion must not trump reason when it comes to basic human rights."

9 April 2018

By Attempting to Curb Disinformation on Slain Politician Marielle Franco, a Brazilian Judge Hands Facebook Censorship Powers

Advox

The order could set a dangerous precedent for freedom of speech online in the country.

Amid Crackdown on Dissent, Six Vietnamese Human Rights Activists Are Dealt Long Prison Sentences

“I will continue the struggle and if I must sit in jail, others on the outside will fight on for me and they will never stop.”

Russian Newspaper Closes After Years of Tense, Often Violent Confrontation with Security Services

RuNet EchoAdvox

In an op-ed announcing the newspaper’s closure, the acting editor Yuri Grozmani said he had little hope for domestic prosecution of FSB officers complicit in the act of censorship

A Rural-Born Peace Movement Turns Heads Amid the Carnage of the Afghan War

"The only aim of the sit-in is to stop fighting from both sides. The Taliban should not send bombers and the government should not drop bombs on them."

8 April 2018

With the Election of Its First Afro-Descendant Vice President, Costa Rica Takes a Step Forward in the Fight Against Racism

“It is a way of reclaiming not only the Costa Rican black community, but the entire black community of Latin America."

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