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· September, 2018

Stories about Weblog from September, 2018

29 September 2018

The Alliance for the Protection of Theatre fights to preserve Albania's cultural heritage

"Do not erase the collective memory of the generations. Any new theatre is welcome but we do not have to destroy the old one."

28 September 2018

Indian football is fighting a losing battle to keep its fans

A decent outing for the national team at next year's AFC Asian Cup might help lift some of the gloom surrounding the sport.

Free speech advocates say Bangladesh's new Digital Security Act is ‘ripe for abuse’

Advox

"Journalism is surely not for increasing conflict, or for tarnishing the image of the country," said PM Hasina, in response to critics.

25 September 2018

Nepalese citizens fight against impunity with the “Rage Against Rape” campaign

"...what is happening to girls who are suffering in silence? Are we always going to play reactionary politics or improve our justice system?"

A new indie film festival features the struggles and triumphs of indigenous Papua, Indonesia

Rising Voices

The film festival "highlights the issues of the indigenous people of Papua through documentary films as well as to build public awareness of the important issues impacting them.”

24 September 2018

As xenophobic policies sweep Central and Eastern Europe, refugee aid is criminalized

While the numbers of refugees entering Europe decrease, political hysteria against them, and civil society organizations that help them in Central and Eastern Europeis on the rise.

23 September 2018

A sea-change in Maldives politics as opposition presidential candidate declares a win

As of 2 a.m. in the Maldives (GMT+5) Solih "said he had won by a 16 percent margin over incumbent Abdulla Yameen" and urged for a peaceful transition.

22 September 2018

Amidst typhoon rescue efforts in Japan, a Taiwanese diplomat dies. Did misinformation play a role?

Some hearsay even claimed that Taiwanese had to proclaim themselves as Chinese in order to get on the buses. The news had enraged [Taiwanese] netizens.

Beijing authorities slam Swedish police for humiliating Chinese tourists, but there's another side to the story

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wanted to make use of the incident to stir patriotic sentiment to exercise pressure on Swedish government. But netizens know ... what’s right and wrong."

21 September 2018

Venezuelans say they are unable to access key Google services

Advox

Reports of new Internet blocks sound alarms and point to a possible escalation in communication and information control.

Journalist's expulsion from restaurant leads to debate about racism in Angola

"...racism in Angola is nothing new; however, people prefer to pretend nothing is happening."

20 September 2018

Will Brazil's forthcoming data protection law actually protect peoples’ privacy rights?

Advox

The president vetoed the creation of an independent authority that would oversee the law's implementation.

Netizen Report: Authorities shut down mobile internet in Ethiopia’s capital, as ethnic and political conflict persist

Advox

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

19 September 2018

Serbian president apologizes for ‘stupidly’ citing The Onion, a satirical news platform

'I don't blame my advisers, if I had thought that through and if I wasn't tired I would realize it's odd,' Vučić said, adding that it's normal to make mistakes.

Riverbank erosion disaster in Bangladesh leaves thousands homeless

"The devastating erosion of the Padma River is ongoing for the last couple of years, no initiative to build a dam or embankment was taken by the local administration."

18 September 2018

At the peak of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, Jamaicans remember ‘Wild Gilbert’

Jamaicans can't recall a storm worse than Gilbert in 1988 -- and as this year's Atlantic hurricane season gets active, they hope they won't have to.

In Syria, regime loyalists use art as a tool of war

"Since the early days of the revolution, the Syrian regime has idolized and romanticized a military state"

Kyrgyz artist calls on girls to ‘create our own freedom’ in breakout song, *drops mic*

Zere's debut hit 'Kyz' comes after years of debate over how women in the Central Asian country should dress and behave.