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9 April 2019

All you need to know about India's 2019 general elections

After a campaign season complete with hashtag battles between candidates, Indians are gearing up to take to the polls for the 2019 general elections.

These women ride across Bangladesh on motorcycles to spread the word about empowerment

Sakia Haque and her friends wanted to talk to Bangladeshi girls about women's empowerment and educate them about reproductive health, so what did they do? They hopped on motorbikes!

8 April 2019

Moscow human rights activists sue a Russian far eastern republic over ban on migrant workers

RuNet Echo

Human rights activists will have to fight Yasen Nikolayev’s act on purely legalistic grounds, arguing that regulating the local labor market in Yakutia is not actually required.

Unexplained Wealth Bill in Trinidad & Tobago ruffles some feathers

As a bill targeting "unexplained wealth" is debated in parliament, misinformation abounds and people start playing politics.

In France, police violence escalates to quell yellow vests protests

How is it possible to lose your eye or the use of your hand by joining a demonstration? The use of LBD's by French police are to blame.

Morocco’s Hirak movement has gone quiet, but the crackdown on independent media continues

Advox

The movement triggered a backlash for independent journalists and people who wanted to document the protests and ensuing crackdown.

7 April 2019

New interview with Haruki Murakami looks back on Heisei Japan

"My books seem to be read especially when what we had before suddenly collapsed or disappeared."

Young, dreadlocked or tattooed in Nigeria? Police might harass or kill you.

SARS is Nigeria's police squad operating outside of the law

5 April 2019

Luis Carlos and Global Voices, 12 years and counting

The Bridge

"Luis Carlos represents certain characteristics and qualities: strength, resilience in the face of obstacles, solidarity and commitment to human rights and a rather brilliant and idiosyncratic sense of humour."

Netizen Report: As water levels rise, Iran’s ban on messaging apps is slowing emergency relief for flood victims

Advox

Iranians ask for censorship pause in face of fatal floods, Indians suspect Facebook of election meddling and Australia tries to ban violent videos.

Why are some Czechs claiming Slovakia's president-elect as their own?

Czech's current leaders are conservative, often anti-Brussels, openly opposed to taking in refugees. Slovakia's Zuzana Čaputová is everything that they're not.

4 April 2019

Animated film explains how Myanmar's Telecommunications Law undermines free speech

Advox

"The law is frequently used by the powerful to silence dissent, and with more than 100 cases filed, its chilling effect on free expression is widespread."

‘Opposite Dreams: The Politics of Local’: Art raises awareness around social issues in Nepal

For decades Nepal’s history has excluded the stories of marginalized, underprivileged and indigenous peoples. These exhibitions draw attention to problematic social hierarchies and invasive international influences in Nepal.

Mauritanian bloggers face defamation charges for reporting on corruption

Advox

The public prosecution accuses the two bloggers of spreading what it deemed were "false" reports of corruption allegations against the Mauritanian President.

Pope Francis to visit Mozambique in September, during election campaigning

Mozambique will hold elections in October and is still recovering from a cyclone which virtually destroyed Beira, the second largest city.

How pro-government media in Morocco use “fake news” to target and silence Rif activists

Advox

While the internet can provide a platform for marginalized voices, it can also facilitate their victimization.

When Algeria makes headlines, French and English media report differently

French- and English-language media sources take different approaches to reporting on the Algerian political crisis.

Ugandan police shoot and kill man mistaken for a political assassin

The story of Ronald Ssebulime is bigger than meets the eyes with different accounts of who shot the "suspected assassin" and how he was killed. Will justice prevail?

Beyond the image: How Spanish photographers Albarrán Cabrera formulate experience through pictures

For Spanish photographers Anna P. Cabrera and Angel Albarrán, memory and beauty are the three pillars of their professional approach to their art.

3 April 2019

Government official says the ban on messaging apps is slowing flood relief in Iran

Advox

"In situations where sharing information is vital, censorship can turn into a deadly phenomenon."

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