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5 July 2019

Stories from 5 July 2019

New York Times ad for Nairobi bureau chief riddled with clichés about Africa

The NYT’s language to describe their ideal Nairobi bureau chief reignited the debate on Western media's perpetual use of tired clichés and tropes about Africa.

Netizen Report: Preventing bias or protecting extremism? Debunking the new US Senate proposal for Silicon Valley

Advox

Cuba bans citizens from using foreign web hosts, Iran's internet falters and The Guardian shows that even tourists are subject to targeted surveillance in western China.

Is Cuba trying to outlaw independent media? A new decree will prohibit foreign web hosting

Advox

“The law leaves independent media without ‘legal’ hosting options,” said local journalist and Global Voices author Elaine Diaz.

Spanish town challenges its residents to lose 100,000 kg in two years

The small Galician town of Narón launched the campaign in January 2018. By February 2019, the population had lost a total 46,000 kilos.

French expat forced to apologize for making a music video which mocks the Thai junta

"…criticizing a government and a regime does not equate to hating a country. I love Thailand, I just don't love dictators and military coups."

In India, opposition Leader Rahul Gandhi steps down after losing elections to Narendra Modi

India's opposition leader, Rahul Gandhi, announced his resignation as the president of the country's oldest party, Indian National Congress, after losing general elections earlier in May.

Russians quick to point fingers after deadly floods in Siberia

RuNet Echo

Thousands have lost their homes in the deluge, and some commentators aren’t taking ‘natural disaster’ as an answer.

Iran’s Draft Data Protection Act: Too little but not too late

Advox

While lawmakers wait to ratify the Draft Act, they must pay heed to international digital rights standards in the new Draft Law for the Personal Data Protection and Safeguarding

The ripple effect of the Hong Kong anti-extradition protests on Taiwan politics

The Bridge

"Beijing would now be well aware that its policy on Hong Kong is not just about the city, but has greater implications for its "One China" dream."