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· April, 2019

Stories about Politics from April, 2019

11 April 2019

Iran faces backlash from its Azeri citizens over Armenia and the Karabakh question

Far more Azeris live in Iran than in Azerbaijan. When Armenia's PM visited Tehran earlier this year, they made their voices heard.

10 April 2019

Rumors of Russia's first ‘fake news’ case against a media outlet might just be fake news

RuNet EchoAdvox

Media were quick to suggest that a bogus yoga ban story could be the first victim of the Russia's 'fake news' law.

Will Albania's political crisis delay negotiations for accession to the European Union?

A wave of protests has gripped Albania only months before the European Council is due to announce whether or not it'll open accession talks. 

Philippine military and police execute 14 labor advocates and farmers in crackdown

More than 200 peasant leaders have been killed since Duterte came to power in 2016.

Hungarian state media are attacking a high school student who criticized government

Nagy has endured criticism of her intellect and even sexual harassment, with one pro-government media outlet calling her a "whore".

9 April 2019

All you need to know about India's 2019 general elections

After a campaign season complete with hashtag battles between candidates, Indians are gearing up to take to the polls for the 2019 general elections.

8 April 2019

Moscow human rights activists sue a Russian far eastern republic over ban on migrant workers

RuNet Echo

Human rights activists will have to fight Yasen Nikolayev’s act on purely legalistic grounds, arguing that regulating the local labor market in Yakutia is not actually required.

Unexplained Wealth Bill in Trinidad & Tobago ruffles some feathers

As a bill targeting "unexplained wealth" is debated in parliament, misinformation abounds and people start playing politics.

In France, police violence escalates to quell yellow vests protests

How is it possible to lose your eye or the use of your hand by joining a demonstration? The use of LBD's by French police are to blame.

5 April 2019

Why are some Czechs claiming Slovakia's president-elect as their own?

Czech's current leaders are conservative, often anti-Brussels, openly opposed to taking in refugees. Slovakia's Zuzana Čaputová is everything that they're not.

4 April 2019

Animated film explains how Myanmar's Telecommunications Law undermines free speech

Advox

"The law is frequently used by the powerful to silence dissent, and with more than 100 cases filed, its chilling effect on free expression is widespread."

Mauritanian bloggers face defamation charges for reporting on corruption

Advox

The public prosecution accuses the two bloggers of spreading what it deemed were "false" reports of corruption allegations against the Mauritanian President.

When Algeria makes headlines, French and English media report differently

French- and English-language media sources take different approaches to reporting on the Algerian political crisis.

Ugandan police shoot and kill man mistaken for a political assassin

The story of Ronald Ssebulime is bigger than meets the eyes with different accounts of who shot the "suspected assassin" and how he was killed. Will justice prevail?

3 April 2019

Hashtag battle in India as candidates go head to head in 2019 summer elections

The fiercely contested political campaigns embrace slogans, counter-slogans and a lot of drama as the world's largest democracy goes into election from the 11th April to 19th May 2019.

2 April 2019

Hong Kong rallies against amendment allowing extradition of ‘fugitives’ to China

The amendment would have dire implications for not just Hong Kong residents, but also foreign nationals who work and travel in the city.

1 April 2019

Russians rejoice as their favorite Ukrainian presidential hopeful, a comedian with no political experience, wins first round

RuNet Echo

Ukraine’s presidential elections attracted intense attention from neighboring Russia, with state television channels -- usually extremely hostile to post-Maidan Ukraine -- attempting to paint a picture of chaos and disarray.