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15 May 2020

Stories from 15 May 2020

Nigerian pastor spreads COVID-19 conspiracies and disinformation

COVID-19

Som Nigerian evangelical pastors act as purveyors of disinformation, half-truths and total falsehood about the coronavirus — with divine conviction.

Women journalists in Uganda carry ‘double burden’ with online attacks and harassment

Advox

Women journalists in Uganda carry the double burden of gender-based abuse online and potential threats related to political reporting. These threats have led women journalists to withdraw from public discourse. 

Cameroon’s 3-year separatist crisis: Online threats, attacks on identity and freedom of expression

Advox

Journalists in Cameroon have to be very careful about reporting on atrocities related to the separatist conflict. Appearing to side with separatists or the government can lead to online attacks.

Truck drivers blamed for spread of COVID-19 in East Africa

Truck drivers in East Africa face an onslaught of new COVID-19 mandates and restrictions in borders towns — causing confusion, fear, endless traffic queues, protests and disrupted trade.

Former Yugoslavia's brutalist architecture shines in new Star Wars fan film

"If it was gonna be a 'Serbian' story, or an 'ex-Yugoslav' story, let's face it -- it couldn't be a story about royalty."

In Burundi, four journalists jailed for months await appeal

Advox

The four jailed journalists with Iwacu were accused of threatening state security on the basis of a WhatsApp message sent as a dry joke while reporting on a rebel attack.

Russia's World War Two diplomacy scores a win in North Macedonia

"Eternal glory to the heroes, the fighters of the anti-Hitler coalition who vanquished Nazism and freed the peoples of Europe!"

Banned for 30 years, Singapore’s only martial arts film is now on YouTube

"It's almost as if the film is a time capsule into Singapore’s past."

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