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· September, 2019

Stories about Weblog from September, 2019

29 September 2019

Undercover journalist exposes harsh working conditions at Amazon warehouse in Japan

A new book by a Japanese investigative reporter exposes deadly working conditions at a giant Amazon facility just outside of Tokyo.

Censorship and online threats against the press spell trouble for the future of Pakistani journalism

The Committee to Protect Journalists says as many as 61 journalists have been killed in Pakistan since 1992; in most cases, the perpetrators could not be identified.

Press freedom watchdog dismisses China’s '70 Years of Progress on Human Rights’ as ‘smokescreen’

Reporters Without Borders slams China's white paper on human rights as "a smokescreen" to mask the country's "horrendous record" with regard to human rights and press freedom.

28 September 2019

Global rally to urge U.S. congress to vote for the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act

'This is a plea for universal human rights, for democracy and for the freedom to choose…'

Cameroon’s amputee football team set to miss first international debut

The Cameroon amputee team was formed in March last year and needs international participation to get recognized by the World Amputee Football Federation. Their journey has been daunting.

27 September 2019

The little-known beauty of rice sheaf artistry from India and Nepal

The tradition of decorating houses with rice sheaves woven into beautiful forms is slowly disappearing.

26 September 2019

Netizen Report: Anti-corruption protests across Egypt trigger internet blockages, arrests

Advox

Censorship spikes as protests mount in Egypt, Twitter censors hundreds of pro-state accounts and a Pakistani court delivers a win for free speech online.

Caring for Myanmar’s orphaned elephants

Myanmar's wild elephants are under serious threat from poaching, with elephants being killed at the alarming rate of one a week.

25 September 2019

How was Pope Francis’ visit to Mozambique?

Pope Francis visited Mozambique from 4 to 6 September.

Altamira: the Amazonian city enduring forest fires, prison violence, and anti-indigenous threats

Brazil's champion city in deforestation is also one of its most violent

A snapshot of climate strikes across Southeast Asia

The protest actions in Southeast Asia highlighted various issues such as the impact of large-scale mining, haze pollution, and continuing dependence on fossil fuels.

24 September 2019

Russia's return to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe: Diplomacy or defeat?

Amending the Council of Europe’s (CoE) sanctioning rules to restore Russia’s voting rights in its Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) has divided democracy and human rights advocates.

23 September 2019

Trinidad & Tobago government unimpressed with BBC report on Venezuelan refugees

A BBC report about Venezuelan migrants in Trinidad and Tobago has not been well received by locals. Many feel the report did not portray an accurate representation of the situation.

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

Netizen Report: Pro-government doxxing campaigns rock Hong Kong, Serbia

Advox

Doxxing is all the rage in Hong Kong and Serbia, an Indian judge delivers a win for internet rights, and Facebook debuts plans for its oversight board.

19 September 2019

Trinidad & Tobago government to rethink Sedition Act

"What is needed is an urgent amendment of the Act to qualify seditious intention by adding a specific requirement that the prohibited acts and statements must urge forceful/violent action."

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.

In a Pakistani town, Hindu-Muslim relations are tested after a Hindu temple is vandalised

"[The] government ought to arrest those ruined the Temple and school, no one has the right to harm other religious places."

18 September 2019

Popular Twitter thread highlights dozens of examples of Japan's ‘Bubble-era’ PoMo architecture

Every corner of Japan features examples of postmodern architecture.