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March, 2019

Stories from March, 2019

26 March 2019

‘Representation is not feeling different when I read or see something,’ says scriptwriter of comic with black lead character

"It is my existence not being tied only to slavery, as schools seem to say and TV shows repeat. It is feeling part of the world on an equal footing."

China’s press freedom crackdown poses a threat to democracies, says media watchdog

“If democracies do not resist, ‘Chinese-style’ propaganda will gradually invade the world’s media, competing with journalism as we know it.”

25 March 2019

Censored on WeChat: #MeToo in China

Advox

The term “rice bunny”, which sounds similar to “me too” when spoken in Chinese, was used as a replacement hashtag to get around the censors.

Two years after completing his sentence, Emirati activist Osama al-Najjar remains in detention

Advox

Al-Najjar was arrested over tweets calling for the release of prisoners of conscience in the Emirates.

Outgoing baseball superstar Ichiro Suzuki's oddball t-shirts make him fan favorite

Ichiro, who has set more records than any other baseball player, recently announced his retirement.

Cyclone Idai almost completely submerged Beira, a city of 500,000 residents in Mozambique

Conversations for a Better World

The number of deaths officially confirmed in Mozambique exceeds 200, and more than 350,000 people are in a “state of constant risk."

Burundi: Scribble on the president's picture — go to jail

"If I did this in Nkurunziza’s Burundi, I could be jailed."

Afghan government is ready for talks with the Taliban, but are their victims?

Crossfire, improvised explosive devices, assassinations, bombings, nighttime raids on homes of suspected insurgents and airstrikes have been blamed for high civilian casualty numbers.

24 March 2019

In Brazil, 30 million people live in ‘quasi-deserts’ of news

Researchers see a correlation between a lack of information and a lack of good quality public services.

Cote d'Ivoire's chocolate waste spurs second industry in cocoa butter

An Ivorian woman makes cocoa butter to sell to soap makers, using chocolate scraps from Cote d'Ivoire's booming cocoa bean industry, the largest in the world.

23 March 2019

Deprived of citizenship, the Vietnamese of Cambodia live on the edge of society

“They tell us to go back to Vietnam. They say we fish everything and leave nothing for them. They tell us to go home. They don’t want us here.”

Website fighting against body-shaming proves Carnival is for #everyBODY

"Thanks to masqueraders like Candice Santana and our followers, we can shed a different light on what true representation of masqueraders looks like."

22 March 2019

Violence tiptoes in on jokes, stereotypes, and lies — and catches us by surprise

The Bridge

Yeah, I'm angry. And scared. About racism. Our future. The Netherlands.

Welcome to the Venezuelan internet. Luis Carlos and Naky will be your guides.

Advox

Through serious analysis and their signature wit, Luis Carlos Diaz and Naky Soto have helped a generation of us learn our digital rights.

Controversy at Malaysia’s Women’s Day march leads to its organizers being probed for sedition

"The government must not take the side of the bullies. Denying a group of marginalised groups their right to participate in democracy is truly an abuse of democracy."

21 March 2019

Christchurch massacre brings out the best and worst in humanity

"He may have sought notoriety but we, in New Zealand, will give nothing — not even his name."

Netizen Report: EU activists make a final push to keep the internet filter-free

Advox

The EU makes a final decision on copyright rules, Iraq considers a new cybercrime law, and internet activists in Kazakhstan, Egypt and Venezuela face legal threats.

20 March 2019

Keeping it in the family: Kazakhstani president Nazarbayev resigns, but leaves little hope for real reform

Despite the surprise transition, all signs suggest that the new regime will look very much like the old one.

Tropical Cyclone Idai: Animal rescues overlooked in this climate disaster

The cyclone's devastation did not discriminate. Animal activists encourage citizens to remember not to leave animals behind during rescue operations and remember to look for injured, distressed animals.

19 March 2019

‘Who ordered the killing of Marielle Franco?,’ Brazil asks a year after the councilwoman's murder

"Who ordered the president's neighbor to kill Marielle?"

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