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Maria Ressa, one of the Philippines' most high-profile journalists and a vocal critic of Duterte, served with an ​arrest warrant in the ​Philippines.
Maria Ressa, a high-profile Philippine journalist and vocal critic of the country’s president, was arrested Wednesday in connection with “cyber libel” charges against Rappler, the news site she oversees.
authoritarianism  fourthEstate 
3 days ago by joeybaker
Google is now censoring results in Russia, critics accuse Google of pushing state censorship
The search giant deleted about 70 percent of the blacklisted sites, according to a local newspaper in Russia.
censorship  authoritarianism 
6 days ago by joeybaker
China 'launches an app that tells you if you are within 500 yards of someone in debt - and encourages you to report them if they seem capable of paying up'
State-run newspaper China Daily reported that officials in the Chinese province of Hebei created the app, named ‘map of deadbeat debtors’, which can be accessed through social media app WeChat.
authoritarianism  surveillanceState 
24 days ago by joeybaker
Reports: 2 killed, 40 detained in new gay purge in Chechnya
MOSCOW (AP) — LGBT activists said Monday that at least two people have died and about 40 people have been detained in what has been described as a new crackdown on gay people in the Russian republic of Chechnya. The new allegations come after reports in 2017 of more than 100 gay men arrested and subjected to torture, and some of them killed, in the predominantly Muslim region. Chechen authorities denied those accusations, and federal authorities conducted a probe that found nothing to support the reports.
authoritarianism  sexism  globalUnrest 
4 weeks ago by joeybaker
Filipino President tells Catholic Church to allow its priests to have boyfriends as most of them are gay anyway
In a shocking speech given at a groundbreaking ceremony for a school near the capital Manila on Friday Duterte claimed ‘most priests are gay’ and labelled the clergy ‘sons of b*****s’.
authoritarianism 
5 weeks ago by joeybaker
The Ajit Pai FCC Often Battles FOIA Requests For No Reason, Showcasing Its Hostility To Transparency
You might recall that FCC boss Ajit Pai promised to operate the “most transparent” FCC ever. Initially, Pai lived up to that promise by changing FCC policy so that FCC orders would be released before they were voted on; a pretty obvious...
authoritarianism  governmentOverreach  fourthEstate  censorship 
5 weeks ago by joeybaker
Venezuela congress names new leader, calls Nicolas Maduro illegitimate
The new leader of Venezuela’s opposition-controlled National Assembly has called Nicolas Maduro a dictator whose legitimacy has run out. Juan Guaido also said congress aimed to restore constitutional order.
authoritarianism  globalGameOfThrones  globalUnrest 
5 weeks ago by joeybaker
Thousands in Budapest march against ‘slave law’ forcing overtime on workers
Anger at Viktor Orbán’s rule in Hungary also directed at courts system and state media
globalUnrest  authoritarianism 
5 weeks ago by joeybaker
Brazil’s New President Moves to Kick Indigenous People off Their Land Just Hours After Taking Office
The war against Brazil’s indigenous people has begun. Far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro wasted no time his first two days in office, signing a decree Wednesday that hands over power to designate indigenous lands to the Ministry of Agriculture, a move that could have repercussions for the country’s 690 recognized territories in the Amazon rainforest.
authoritarianism  climateChange  casteingTheLowerClass 
6 weeks ago by joeybaker
Russia Contemplates Constitution Changes as Putin Faces Term Limits
The speaker of Russia’s parliament raised the possibility of changing the constitution as questions about Putin’s future grow.
authoritarianism 
6 weeks ago by joeybaker
At least 5,000 demonstrators took to the streets of the Hungarian capital Budapest late Friday, as rightwing nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban dismissed a wave of protests against a new labour reform as "hysterical shouting"
At least 5,000 demonstrators took to the streets of the Hungarian capital Budapest late Friday, as rightwing nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban dismissed a wave of protests against a new labour reform as “hysterical shouting”.
globalUnrest  authoritarianism 
7 weeks ago by joeybaker
China has arrested 100 Christians, including a prominent pastor, in a crackdown on underground churches in the officially atheist nation
“We’re seeing a relapse into a time of history that was marked by...these sort of arcane perspectives on religion and religious leaders,” Reverend Johnnie Moore said.
religion  authoritarianism 
8 weeks ago by joeybaker
Egypt Bans the Sale of Yellow Vests Suspecting that Egyptians Might Copy the French
Officials and retailers revealed to the Associated Press (AP) on 10 December that Egyptian authorities have ordered them to restrict the sale of the yellow vests fearing that Egyptian protesters might copy the French’s ‘gilets jaunes’ protests in light of the eighth anniversary of the 2011 spring. According to AP, the officials informed the safety […]
authoritarianism  globalUnrest 
9 weeks ago by joeybaker
Second Head Of Russian Intelligence Dies Within Two Years
The head of Russian military intelligence, Igor Korobov, 62, died after his agency was accused of activities against the U.S. His predecessor also died at age 58 from unclear circumstances.
authoritarianism 
12 weeks ago by joeybaker
Events canceled, editor expelled: Hong Kong's losing freedom
The cancellation of literary and artistic events and the refusal to allow a Financial Times editor to enter Hong Kong have reignited concern about freedom of expression in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. A last-minute decision Friday to reinstate the literary event illustrates the...
authoritarianism 
november 2018 by joeybaker
Saudi journalist and writer Turki Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Jasser has died after being tortured while in detention in Saudi-Arabia
Saudi journalist and writer Turki Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Jasser has died after being tortured while in detention, the New Khaleej reported yesterday. Reporting human rights sources, the news site said t...
mesopotamia  authoritarianism 
november 2018 by joeybaker
'They considered us toys': North Korean women reveal extent of sexual violence
Dozens of women who fled regime say abuse from officials, police and even prosecutors is part of daily life
authoritarianism 
november 2018 by joeybaker
Jair Bolsonaro elected president of Brazil.
Electoral authorities have confirmed Bolsonaro will become president after winning 55.7% of the vote in Sunday’s second-round poll
authoritarianism  popularStupidity  popularUnrest 
october 2018 by joeybaker
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