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· September, 2020

Stories about Protest from September, 2020

Press freedom impeded in Hong Kong as police limits definition of recognized media representatives

If approved, a new scheme limiting the definition of officially recognized media will deliver a serious blow to freelance journalists and student reporters.

#FreeMuay: Groups call for release of Laotian net idol and environment advocate

"Muay bravely stood up to protect the environment. Muay does not deserve to be let alone imprisoned from taking this stand."

In Turkey, women rise up to stop withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention

The public outcry seems to have made an impression on the AKP—a decision on the Convention that was meant to be announced in August has now been postponed.

Fearing the national security law, Hongkongers change their social media habits

Of the 2,587 people who responded to an online survey conducted by The Stand News, 96 percent said they fear "loss of free speech."

Thai protesters submit petition for monarchy reforms, install ‘people’s plaque’

The plaque has this inscription: "People shall know, that this country belongs to the people, not the king as they lied."

In Pakistan, women stage nationwide protest in response to shocking rape incident

The protests' organizers also expressed opposition to public hangings, a call that often resurfaces in Pakistan whenever a rape incident gains media attention.

Lebanon protests: Authorities prey on digital spaces to silence criticism

While social media and WhatsApp have been extensively leveraged by demonstrators to organize, document, and sprawl the protest, Lebanese authorities have resorted to identifying and persecuting dissidents.

Border row, trade turmoil and rising Chinese influence send Indo-Nepal ties to lowest ebbs

Nepal finds itself in the line of fire of the China-US trade war and the Indo-China border conflict.

Social media in Latin America: Caught between a rock and a hard place

As researchers, it is very difficult to know how, or even if, high profile global announcements are actually impacting users in Latin America.

Brutal murders in Guyana seen as ‘continuation of earlier ethnic upheavals’

After a months-long election stalemate, and the opposition party's framing of the murders as the failure of a "fraudulent government" to protect Afro-Guyanese, racial tensions are again on the rise.

Is Belarus in the midst of a generational upheaval?

Our survey reveals societal divisions behind protests against the Lukashenka presidency. Foremost is a generational rift between those who became adults during the Soviet period and those born after 1990.

Millions of Indian students sit university entrance exams after government disregards protests to postpone them

Students protested throughout the entire month of August, citing concerns with COVID-19 transmission and reduced transportation in quarantined zones.

In DR Congo, will new legislation protect citizens’ digital rights?

In Democratic Republic of Congo, a citizen movement is underway to reclaim digital rights that have been violated for years under a vague and outdated legislation.

Why Malawi urgently needs a data protection law

In January 2018, the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) announced a mandatory national sim card registration exercise tied to the national ID process.

How churches became entangled in Belarus’ political crisis

As the crisis drags on, the leader of Belarus' Catholics was denied entry into the country and his Orthodox counterpart was replaced. Both had publicly criticised the crackdown on protesters.

What is Russia's endgame in Belarus?

Moscow has wearied of embattled President Alexander Lukashenka and is now concerned with protecting its interests in an eventual (and inevitable) transition of power, says Belarusian political scientist Yuri Tsarik.

Moderating harmful content online in Sudan: Policies and measures

In Sudan, social media platforms struggle to enforce guidelines and rules regarding content deemed harmful such as hate speech and disinformation.

What's happening in Thailand? Youth activists rally to protect democracy, freedom of speech

An explainer about the ongoing youth-led protests in Thailand.

Surveillance in Lebanon: A crisis of privacy

Intrusions on citizens’ privacy in Lebanon are pervasive and often conducted without proper judicial oversight.

For Asian activists, boycotting Disney's ‘Mulan’ says no to China's nationalist propaganda, censorship and police brutality

"What we're boycotting is the Western commercialization (Disney) of Chinese nationalism. . . which points to how intertwined and convoluted the interests of global capital really are."

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