Scholar Sohini Chatterjee says disinformation is not solely a foreign challenge as “democratically-elected leaders are increasingly fuelling [its spread]”.
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Twitter added a fact-check tag/link on Trump’s tweet on mail-in voting. Feeling offended, the President threatened to regulate social media.
There is now more to internet shutdown as governments around the world grow more savvy in stifling info flow. They now ask ISPs to slow down connectivity.
Some critics of government’s response to COVID-19 in Bangladesh are facing the law over charges of spreading rumours and misinformation on facebook.
It is time that the world unite and hold China responsible for the abysmal human rights record it enforces in the second biggest global economy.
Ibrahimo Abu Mbaruco is a Mozambican journalist missing since April 7, 2020. HRW urges government to investigate his disappearance, security forces’ role.
Authoritarians have instead taken advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to pursuing the suppression of freedoms outside the scope of public health.
State Department’s 2019 Country Human Rights Report shows deterioration in respect for human rights globally but, Iran, China and Venezuela in particular.
Itai Dzamara is a Zimbabwean pro-democracy campaigner who got missing five years ago. His wife, Sheffra Dzamara, has appealed for Mnangagwa’s help.
Journalist Erick Kabendera, who was jailed last year after he criticized President Magufuli. A judge has ordered his release