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September, 2018

Stories from September, 2018

12 September 2018

Pakistan government's pro-minority stance questioned as Ahmadi economist's appointment is revoked

The appointment of Ahmadi Muslim economist Dr. Atif Mian to a government Council sparked a social media smear campaign, and right-wing religious parties threatened nationwide protests.

11 September 2018

Cubans can now join public debates on new Constitution through digital platforms

"In a space like this no one has to ask to speak up, there is no schedule for debate."

Strongest typhoon to hit Japan in 25 years largely forgotten following massive earthquake

The media has struggled to cover the dizzying succession of disasters, leaving people feeling that some are eclipsing others in the public consciousness.

10 September 2018

Jamaica finds new appreciation for beloved cultural icon and language activist, ‘Miss Lou’

"Underneath her wily comedic style, she forced the society to face unpleasant truths. But it is the unapologetic championing of the Jamaican language that so endeared her to many Jamaicans."

What an attack on a far-right presidential candidate means for Brazil politics

The attack was only the latest episode of a political drama plagued by violence and impunity.

More Afghan journalists killed as militants ramp up attacks on Shiites

Advox

"He was live moments ago on tv without knowing he himself will be making the headlines moments later. RIP dear friend."

Three years on, Lebanon's ‘You Stink’ movement finds fresh reasons to protest

In 2015, "You Stink" mobilized thousands of people against in what turned out to be Lebanon's largest non-partisan street demonstrations since the end of Lebanese civil war in 1991.

9 September 2018

Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Shawkan to be released soon after five years in prison

Advox

"He never should have been behind bars. He was arrested while doing his job as a photographer."

8 September 2018

Jordanian health survey sparks online debate about family planning

Jordanians engage in online debates over results of a survey concerning maternal and child care.

Google caves in to Russian demands, censors videos promoting a protest rally

RuNet EchoAdvox

This latest scandal is unfolding as Google is in the middle of an existential crisis, with its employees revolting against what they see as embracing censorship by their company.

7 September 2018

It is women who bear the brunt of the Venezuelan crisis

"In Venezuela, the term 'feminism' has been consumed, abused and above all, distorted by [those] in power."

Nauta Hogar: A tool for Cuban entrepreneurs

The Nauta Hogar Internet program is a step forward, but it is still not the solution for Cuban businesses in the technology sector.

As China faces record-breaking flood levels, authorities arrest two women for spreading ‘rumors’ of health risks

Advox

"If they could react to the floods as effectively [as they do to the 'rumors'], that would be great."

It is now legal to be gay in India

"For 29 years, I have lived in the shadow of this law, and now, just like that, it’s gone."

Students illustrate injustice and human rights abuses in the Philippines through the arts

"The youth are aware of what's happening in society. On the images you can see extrajudicial killings, charter change, war, and the gap between the poor and rich in society."

South Asian governments keep ordering internet shutdowns — and leaving users in the dark

Advox

“Operators owe complete transparency to their users, as consumers who are paying them money and also in the interest of accountability.”

After Facebook ban, Myanmar military accounts are moving to Russian social media site VKontakte

Advox

"...they are now spreading their hate freely on the site without any moderation."

Despite parents’ campaign, Bosnia denies schooling to children with learning disabilities

Around 150 children from the Canton of Sarajevo will be out of school in 2018/2019 as, once again, the government fails promises of inclusive education.

6 September 2018

Netizen Report: What role does Facebook play in Libya’s civil war?

Advox

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

A lethal combination: How MENA governments use cybercrime laws and spyware to target activists

Advox

Gulf governments continue to deploy cybercrime laws as an arbitrary legal cover to target target human rights defenders.