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· September, 2019

Stories about Politics from September, 2019

22 September 2019

Broken bones, internal bleeding: Hong Kong police used ‘reckless, indiscriminate’ tactics during protests, says Amnesty

"...police officers meted out violence prior to and during arrests, even when the individual had been restrained. The use of force was clearly excessive, violating international human rights law."

20 September 2019

Serbian journalists expose a ruling party bot application used to manipulate readers’ comments on media websites 

Advox

Investigative journalists discovered that a mobile application linked to their country's ruling party IP address was used for automatic voting on user comments on websites of popular media outlets.

19 September 2019

Azerbaijanis wary of new ‘morality police’

Progressive Baku residents see "morality police" as immoral, and experts say the move will ultimately be ineffective.

Yale-NUS college draws criticism in Singapore after canceling a class on ‘dialogue and dissent’

"If we cannot make space and listen to the person that says no, then democracy dies. It’s that fundamental."

China Central Television urges netizens to doxx Hong Kong protesters and reporters

The state-run TV helped publicise doxxing site hkleaks.ru, which targeted pro-democracy lawmakers, student activists and journalists in Hong Kong.

18 September 2019

Cameroon on a path to ‘national dialogue’ as Anglophone crisis continues

Cameroon's national dialogues were announced amidst ongoing violence and a new surge of refugees fleeing insecurity — including intimidation, lockdowns and school closures — in the Anglophone northwest and southwest...

16 September 2019

Street-side vendors of Zanzibar’s iconic ‘kanga’ textiles forced to close up shop after 30 years

Kanga sellers in Stone Town, Zanzibar, were told their street-side stalls are "unauthorized informal businesses" that clutter passageways, impinge on Stone Town's original charm and reduces its value.

Internet shutdowns and the right to access in Sudan: A post-revolution perspective

Advox

In response to a five-week long shutdown, a court ordered telecommunications companies to apologise to customers.

15 September 2019

Filipino community radio stations struggle to survive amid attacks and difficulties

Rising Voices

"If the marginalized are underserved by the mass media establishment, they must be allowed to be their own voice."

Jamaica remembers Hurricane Gilbert, but is the island prepared for a Dorian?

As the climate crisis worsens and the islands of the Caribbean often bear the brunt of the storms' wrath, the time for talk is over.

14 September 2019

New finance minister of North Macedonia faces sexist attacks online

The spokesperson of the main opposition party wrote a Facebook post about the new minster's appointment that was filled with misogynistic language.

13 September 2019

Locked down in Kashmir: A traveler's view

The Bridge

It's been more than a month since the Indian government placed the state of Kashmir on lockdown. A Bangladeshi traveller shares her experience of visiting the region during that period.

A proposed administrative shift in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church stokes ethnic, religious tensions

Oromo clerics say the EOTC expects Oromo churchgoers to worship in Ge’ez, the church’s liturgical language, or Amharic, the working language of Ethiopia's federal government.

12 September 2019

‘Glory to Hong Kong': The anthem of a protest movement

Tens of thousands of Hongkongers are participating in flash mob performances of the new protest song “Glory to Hong Kong” in the streets and in shopping malls across the city.

11 September 2019

Cameroonian parents fear sending children back to school in midst of armed conflict

In Cameroon, separatists have used school boycotts as a bargaining chip. Fighters have killed and kidnapped teachers in English regions to keep schools from opening again until demands are met.

9 September 2019

Burundian refugees living in Tanzania face forced repatriation

An agreement could see Burundian refugees soon forced to return from Tanzania, despite dangers ahead of Burundi's 2020 elections.

Sedition charge against union leader sparks debate about freedom of speech in Trinidad and Tobago

The legislation is being called into question following the arrest of a prominent trade union leader, over fears it infringes on freedom of speech rights.

Why we must keep shining a light on Turkmenistan

The Bridge

Turkmenistan’s rulers are not eager to publicise the country’s hardships. Independent media is non-existent and social media severely restricted. If news travels at all, it travels covertly. That’s where I come in.

Singapore prime minister sues independent news website for defamation

Advox

The prime minister is suing The Online Citizen over an article that tackled the leader’s public feud with his siblings.

8 September 2019

Human rights—and an actual rainbow—take center stage at Bosnia-Herzegovina's first Pride Parade

Concerns expressed during the build-up to the event about possible violence proved unfounded. As one Twitter user put it: "So much pride and happiness today in Sarajevo!"

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