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19 March 2020

Stories from 19 March 2020

Even with renewed laws, Brazil struggles to protect women amid rising femicide

Brazil has never had that many laws tackling violence against women. Yet it ranks fifth in femicides worldwide.

Local power play ends the reign of northern Nigeria's emir of Kano

Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II used his privileged voice to confront 'the evil forces of feudalism' that have kept Northern Nigeria 'in bondage for so long'. But this cost him his throne.

Nigeria enforces travel bans amid sloppy management of COVID-19 cases

Nigerian netizens are calling for a travel ban for travelers from high COVID-19 transmission areas. This will strengthen the national response to the pandemic.

Tanzania tackles COVID-19 with strict measures to slow the spread

In the wake of six confirmed COVID-19 cases in Tanzania, the government has taken strict measures to slow the spread. But messaging and communication around preventative measures remains a challenge.

Watchdog decries threat to press freedom as China expels some US journalists

Advox

China announced it would expel American journalists working for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. The ban would extend to Hong Kong and Macau.

Refugees in Ethiopia's camps raise privacy and exclusion concerns over UNHCR’s new digital registration

Advox

Biometric registration enables refugees to secure a digital ID that gives them access to aid. Their use has raised serious concerns about privacy and exclusion among refugees in Ethiopia.

St Petersburg firm creates online bar for self-isolating Russians

RuNet Echo

As coronavirus cases in Russia rise, a startup in St Petersburg has launched a "virtual bar" where self-isolating Russians can build new friendships and feel a little less alone.

Outrage as Zimbabwe’s military declares social media a ‘dangerous threat’

Advox

The military's declaration that social media is a "dangerous threat" has angered Zimbabweans concerned over the increasing deterioration of freedom of expression in the country.

Malaysian journalist targeted by hate speech and racist attacks on Facebook

Advox

"Timely action by Facebook and other social media platforms is crucial in curbing online attacks, which commonly include trolling and doxing."

‘Protecting forests is crucial to cure pandemics,’ indigenous leaders say

"If the forests are cut down, where are we going to get medicine?"