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· October, 2018

Stories about Politics from October, 2018

31 October 2018

One dead in Sri Lanka amidst a constitutional crisis

Power struggle between ousted Sri Lankan PM and newly appointed PM has led to the death of a protester in Colombo.

30 October 2018

Was Afghanistan's long-delayed and stretched-out parliamentary vote a success or a failure?

"Can we hold presidential elections with the same @IECAfghanistan leadership? Logistical and technical failures beyond frustrating."

29 October 2018

Paramilitary group killed farmers in Philippines sugar plantation, fact-finding mission says

The "Sagay 9" massacre was the single most deadly attack against peasant activists under the Rodrigo Duterte administration.

27 October 2018

Brazilian journalists face hacking, doxxing and other threats as election draws near

Advox

141 cases of threats and violence against journalists have been registered during the coverage of 2018 elections.

26 October 2018

Death by bureaucracy? Russian regulators slap independent news site with sky-high fine

RuNet EchoAdvox

"It obviously means bankruptcy and imminent closure for the magazine."

24 October 2018

Ukraine is outsourcing law enforcement to private companies that don't respect human rights

Their mandates are based solely on contracts signed between them and the city -- which vary a lot from city to city -- and mechanisms of accountability are virtually nonexistent.

In Iran, state-sanctioned messaging apps are the new hallmark of internet nationalization

Advox

Since they censored Telegram, Iranian officials have deployed aggressive measures in an effort to promote national messaging services.

23 October 2018

Landslide victory for Bhutan's centre-left party following peaceful general elections

This is only the third democratic elections to take place in the tiny, landlocked South Asian country since it abolished its Monarchy and adopted a new constitution in 2008.

As China legalizes Xinjiang ‘re-education camps’, Weibo netizens cheer on

China has switched its public relations tactics from denying to defending the camps, and the u-turn immediately reflected back on the social media conversation.

19 October 2018

Serbian authorities clamp down on a health charity after it exposed state negligence

The methods of pressure against Serbian civil society organizations bear resemblance to those used by governments in Central and Eastern Europe, in particular in neighboring Hungary and Macedonia.

17 October 2018

Macedonian propagandist calls for rape of female journalist, sparking outrage

Advox

The threat came from Cvetin Chilimanov, a well-known propagandist and dogged promoter of Macedonia's former ruling party.

Hong Kong Free Expression Week features Umbrella Movement activists and political cartoonist Badiucao

Advox

In recent years, Hong Kongers who support democratic rights and territorial independence have faced fierce repression.

15 October 2018

Pashtun human rights activist detained at Islamabad airport, released after social media pressure

Advox

Gulalai Ismail is a well-known Pashtun human rights activist and founder of Seeds of Peace network.

13 October 2018

Will fake news carry Brazil's favored far-right candidate to victory?

Advox

Facebook and WhatsApp have seen a flurry of false and misleading posts promoting Jair Bolsonaro, who is likely to be Brazil's next president.

8 October 2018

Portuguese PM drew criticism over clothing choice during visit to Angola

António Costa's official visit to Angola following months of diplomatic tensions between the two governments has caused a stir over his clothing choice.

Journalists across India share their testimony on the deteriorating state of media — and vow to fight back

Advox

Four journalists have been killed because of their work in 2018. Killings have evoked public outrage, but little response from the government.

Hong Kong rejects visa of Financial Times editor who hosted pro-independence talk

"The Hong Kong authorities’ visa renewal rejection—without explanation—of a journalist who’s done nothing more than his job smacks of Beijing-style persecution of critics".

5 October 2018

Japan mortgages its future, choosing growth over environment

The Bridge

"One could speculate that the Japanese militarism of the early Showa period has simply been channeled into fanatical devotion to the principle of economic growth."

2 October 2018

Brazilian women rise up against leading presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro

"This fight is about how we, as women, are occupying and reinventing politics."

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