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· April, 2019

Stories about Weblog from April, 2019

30 April 2019

Will Kyrgyzstan call time on uranium mining?

The government says it has revoked the license of a company planning to mine in the Issyk-Kul region that is a beloved tourism spot.

29 April 2019

Benin sees internet blackout on election day

Advox

A nationwide internet shutdown that lasted well into the night, leaving voters in the dark about their election day choices.

26 April 2019

Netizen Report: Saudi Arabian authorities arrest three bloggers and execute 37 prisoners, several of them protesters

Advox

Saudi Arabia's assault on free speech continues, Careem might be sharing your number with drivers, and the internet is still shutdown in Chad.

Cultural heritage and stray dogs under siege in Baku's Formula 1 rerun

"Every year, we invest in Formula 1 but not in our education system? Why?"

This Argentinian project documents street art from all over Latin America

Born during the 1998-2002 Argentinian economic depression, Arte Callejero began paying attention to visual, artistic responses to the crisis.

Tanzanian authorities detain and deport Ugandan human rights leader

Advox

Human Rights Watch says Tanzania has witnessed "a marked decline in respect for free expression, association and assembly" under the current government.

24 April 2019

Malaysian activist under police probe after LGBT speech at the United Nations

"The police investigation into Numan’s statement merely serves to highlight the harassment, bullying and discrimination faced by LGBT persons in Malaysia."

23 April 2019

Leica's promo video referencing Tiananmen Square massacre went viral on Chinese social media. Then, it disappeared.

Advox

For days, users were forbidden from writing the words "Leica" in English and "徕卡" in Chinese on Weibo.

22 April 2019

India bans China's TikTok for ‘degrading culture and encouraging pornography’

Advox

People in India have been banned from downloading TikTok, a hugely popular quick video-sharing app based in China.

21 April 2019

A series of bomb attacks on churches and hotels spark terror in Sri Lanka

Hundreds were killed and injured in a series of planned explosions in Sri Lanka. A twelve-hour islandwide curfew was declared by the government while social media sites were restricted.

Netizen Report: If protecting your privacy is ‘part of a conspiracy,’ then we’re all in big trouble

Advox

Digital privacy tools draw suspicion in the US and Ecuador, India tackles Tiktok, and a Chinese man learns that facial recognition works -- even while you’re sleeping.

20 April 2019

‘Culture of killing and impunity’: Coffee shop shooting in the Philippines leaves two dead

"The full details remain unclear, but what does remain clear is that this culture of killing and impunity has emboldened murderers to openly boast of their weapons and shoot people."

Guinea’s President Alpha Condé tells supporters to be ready to fight

Alpha Condé, the Guinean president, told his supporters to be ready for serious confrontations with those who may oppose him seeking a third term.

Will the Haitian president's third pick for prime minister solve the nation's security issues?

Haiti's security situation is currently quite volatile, sparking hope that the proposed new prime minister will be able to work with President Moise and deal with pressing socio-economic issues.

Bangladeshi paint company advert draws criticism from lovers of traditional Alpana art

"Berger is offering their synthetic paints to the Alpona artists of Tikoil village. The artists will no longer need to paint every season, colors will last forever. What a horror!

19 April 2019

How alternative health magazines advance Russia's soft power in the Balkans

Mundane health advice such as doing exercise and eating vegetables becomes "Russian advice" in magazines such as Russian Doctor, Russian Herbalist, Russian Encyclopedia of Health.

Pope Francis will visit North Macedonia in May, shortly after presidential elections

It is the first time a pope visits North Macedonia.

17 April 2019

Indian voters undeterred by missing names from electoral lists and violent clashes

Barring a few incidents, the voting on the first day of the election went on peacefully and voter turnout was high. The next phase of election starts on April 18.

15 April 2019

‘The army didn't kill anyone,’ says Bolsonaro after soldiers fire 80 times at family car in Brazil, killing one

"The army is of the people, and you can't accuse the people of murder," said Brazil's president six days after the incident that has shocked the country.

Jailed UAE activist Ahmed Mansoor continues hunger strike

Advox

Mansoor is serving ten years in jail after a court convicted him of publishing false information and rumours on social media.