October, 2019

Stories from October, 2019

15 October 2019

Zimbabwe government continues to weaponize information online to control citizen engagement

As a former state security minister, president Mnangagwa appreciated the importance and value of disinformation in Zimbabwe’s political terrain. 

11 October 2019

Netizen Report: Iraq and Ecuador face network shutdowns amid public protests

Networks are down in Turkey, Iraq and Ecuador; US tech companies are cutting off Venezuelans; and gatekeepers continue holding back content related to Hong Kong protests.

Google removes Hong Kong protester role-playing game from its Play Store

The mobile game, entitled "The Revolution of Our Times", provides details on the political context leading up to the protests with a map on key protest sites in Hong Kong.

Nigerian journalist Omoyele Sowore remains in jail on trumped-up charges of treason and insulting the president

Rights groups see Omoyele Sowore's continued detention and the charges filed against him as merely a criminalisation of political dissent in Nigeria. 

10 October 2019

Bangladesh Regulator blocks engineering university web page containing reports of student abuse

The Telecommunication Regulatory Commission blocked an online page where over 175 complaints were anonymously made by current and former students of the top engineering university of the country.

Thai Twitter users face threats over comments on royal motorcade

The hashtag #royalmotorcade trended in Thailand after netizens reported traffic problems caused by a royal motorcade.

8 October 2019

South Park creators mock the NBA with a sarcastic apology to China

One single tweet about Hong Kong demonstrations is able to set a war of words between China and the US and to end NBA's business prospects in mainland China.

4 October 2019

Netizen Report: Human rights groups demand justice for Jamal Khashoggi, one year after his murder

The journalist's killing sparked widespread condemnation of the Saudi government and brought increased international scrutiny to the treatment of journalists and rights activists by the regime.

As Sudan transitions to democracy, urgent reforms must tackle disinformation

To help counter mis-and disinformation, Sudan's transitional government needs to provide better conditions to support press freedom, freedom of expression and access to information.

1 October 2019

While El Salvador's security improves, it loses ground in freedom of press

While there are less murders in El Salvador than before, the government appears to show censorship tendencies towards the media and critical voices.

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