Is free speech racist?
10 November 2019 | 9:11 am
Is free speech racist?
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8 Apr 2020
The World Health Organization chief angrily slams recent comments made by scientists, suggesting a vaccine for the new coronavirus should be tested in Africa, as "racist" and a hangover from the "colonial mentality". Also, Ivory Coast police on Monday clashed with protesters who had begun dismantling a half-built coronavirus testing centre, afraid that people using the facility would spread the epidemic through their district. And finally, children in Burkina Faso are being encouraged to watch TV as scho
10 Apr 2020
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, had accused Taiwan of driving a campaign against him. Taiwan demands an apology, and sees itself as the ''true victim of unfair treatment.''
27 Apr 2020
France’s interior minister has promised an investigation into police behavior after footage emerged where officers can be heard making racist remarks while carrying out an arrest.
15 Jun 2020
Alberto Adriano, an African man living in Germany, was beaten to death in a park by neo-Nazis. Two decades later, people often ask whether racism acutally exists in Germany, even as racial discrimination is on the rise.
18 Jun 2020
We look at Emmanuel Macron's visit to London to commemorate 80 years since Charles de Gaulle's now-legendary radio appeal to occupied France to fight against the Nazis. What's left of the legacy of that speech today as France confronts new crises? Also, Human Rights Watch publishes a damning report accusing French police of arbitrary and "racist" checks on minors of African or Arab origin. Finally, a Spanish opera house will reopen next week for the first time since the lockdown to an audience of... 2,292 plants!
14 Aug 2020
A new law in Tanzania has placed strict controls on cooperation between local and international media outlets. The change enforces the government view that any differing opinion should be punished, says Mohammed Khelef.
13 Sep 2020
Dozens of activists from South Africa's radical leftwing Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party picket outside stores of a leading retail pharmacy on Monday over a controversial "racist" hair advertisement which described black hair as "dull" and white hair as "normal". The company, which boasts of more than 500 branches across South Africa has apologised and pulled down the adverts. The EFF wants the chain shut for five days.
6 Feb 2021
Twitter pledges to fight racist abuse
17 Feb 2021
An ongoing tussle between the Indian government and Twitter over digital content regulation has drawn global attention to the threats facing freedom of expression in India.
19 Feb 2021
Thousands of protesters took over some of Barcelona's streets on Tuesday evening (February 16) to demand the release of a rapper arrested by Spanish police after being given a jail sentence on charges of glorifying terrorism and insulting royalty in his songs.
6 Mar 2021
Dr. Seuss Enterprises says it will discontinue six of the late American author's works because they "portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong."
7 Mar 2021
Despite mass protest following the death of the writer Mushtaq Ahmed in prison, authorities in Dhaka have said they will not revoke the act.
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Ukraine's National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption has added the Germany-based multinational food wholesaler to its list of "international sponsors of war." Metro is accused of maintaining business with Russia.
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As the West cracks down on Chinese tech, video surveillance firms are also facing increased scrutiny. But global demand for Chinese surveillance cameras isn't waning, despite fears they could be used for spying.
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Following weeks of mass protests and a day of nationwide turmoil, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has yielded to pressure and agreed to postpone his controversial judicial reforms as of March 27th. This decision was a significant reversal for his government, which had fired the defense minister just a day earlier in response to his demands for a delay in the divisive law.
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Kenyan President William Ruto vowed on Tuesday to protect his citizens amid the ongoing anti-government protests, which have seen many lose their homes and businesses in the aftermath, while opposition leader Raila Odinga said he will continue on with demonstrations.
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The Orthodox monks accused of Russia links have been ordered out of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra monastery. But they refuse to vacate the complex.