Sri Lanka restricts access to social media platforms amid protests
09 April 2022 | 4:48 pm
Sri Lanka's government said restrictions on access to social media platforms came a day after protesters defied a nationwide curfew to demand government accountability.
In southern India, a debate is raging over whether the government can ban students from wearing hijabs and burqas in the classroom. Last month the Karnataka state government issued such a ban, spurring legal action and angry protests across the state.
The internet is an essential resource for daily life. We use it to stay informed, for school and increasingly for work. But major inequalities in terms of access to the web persist. Africa lags behind much of the rest of the world in terms of connectivity, deepening existing inequalities. The spread of misinformation is also a major issue across the continent. For more on what's being done to address these challenges, Nnenna Nwakanma from the World Wide Web Foundation joined us for Perspective.
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Police in Paris have clashed with hundreds of protesters demonstrating against France's COVID restrictions. This came as so-called freedom convoys, inspired by similar demonstrations by truckers in Canada, reached the French capital.
Fear mongering content became viral on social media this week, as Ukrainian civilians prepare for an imminent Russian attack.
Sri Lanka's ongoing economic meltdown is getting worse day by day. It's the worst financial crisis this island nation of 22 million people has faced since its independence seven decades ago. The country's foreign reserves have been dangerously low in recent months, and experts fear the country is on the verge of default.
Nepal's parliament is due to restart debate on a controversial US aid grant. Lawmakers were hoping to ratify the measure last week. But the discussion was postponed because of massive protests and opposition from some members of the ruling coalition.
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