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Coronavirus pandemic ‘amplifies press freedom threats’

Paris, France | AFP |¬†¬†The coronavirus pandemic is exacerbating threats to press freedom around the world, with authoritarian states including China and Iran suppressing details of the outbreak, activists said on Tuesday. Paris-based Reporters Without Borders¬†(RSF) said in its annual press freedom rankings the pandemic was “highlighting and amplifying the …

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Anti-virus measures spark Mideast fears of setback in liberties

Cairo, Egypt | AFP |¬†¬†Armoured vehicles in the streets, hundreds arrested, smartphone surveillance — sweeping measures to fight the coronavirus have raised concerns in the Middle East over the erosion of already threatened human rights. As the world battles the COVID-19 pandemic, more than three billion people are now living …

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Moscow highway over radioactive dump sparks ‘catastrophe’ fears

Moscow, Russia | AFP |¬†¬†Armed with a selfie stick holding a dosimeter-equipped smartphone, nuclear physicist Andrei Ozharovsky is on the hunt for gamma radiation. Waving the device over a shallow dip in the thawing ground, the contraption crackles as the reading climbs, turning first yellow then red. The dosimeter is …

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US, China step up war of words over Hong Kong

Washington, United States | AFP |¬†The United States and China have stepped up an increasingly harsh war of words over pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, as Beijing seeks to push its accusations that the mass demonstrations are being fueled by foreign powers. In the latest exchange, Washington on Friday called …

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Absence of substantive DHO sparks outrage in Kabale

Kabale, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |¬†¬†The absence of a substantive District Education Officer in Kabale has sparked outrage, among residents, activists and local government leaders.¬†¬† The district has spent three years without a District Health Officer (DHO), since the transfer of Dr Patrick Tusiime who was promoted to the level …

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Miners, activists re-echo need for weighbridges in Karamoja

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |¬†Artisan miners and activists have re-echoed the need for the establishment of weighbridges in Karamoja Sub Region. Tororo Cement and other companies have been transporting precious stones like limestone and Marble from the region for over a decade. However, there are no weighbridges to help …

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Women activists list seven demands from government

Kampala, Uganda | JULIUS BUSINGE |¬†Women activists from 17 non-governmental organisations and nine individuals under their umbrella organization, Uganda Women‚Äôs Network (UWONET) have listed seven demands they want government to pay attention to in a bid to improve the social welfare of girls and women in Uganda. This comes amidst …

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