Tanzania, November 7
Tanzanian immigration officers are currently detaining @CPJAfrica staff @angelaquintal and @muthokimumo and confiscated their passports. @pressfreedom calls on authorities in Tanzania to release our colleagues immediately. https://t.co/SRyf5QmT7r
— Danya (@danyahaj) November 7, 2018
Angela Quintal, Africa program coordinator at the Committee to Protect Journalists, and Muthoki Mumo, CPJ’s Sub-Saharan Africa representative, are being held by the Tanzanian government.
The two press advocates were detained from their hotel room after Tanzanian authorities searched their belongings and took their passports, preventing them from leaving the country.
“We are concerned for the safety of our colleagues Angela Quintal and Muthoki Mumo, who were detained while legally visiting Tanzania,” said Joel Simon, CPJ’s executive director. “We call on the authorities to immediately release them and return their passports.”
Russia, November 12
Data from tweets, Facebook posts, and online articles allows analysts identify networks of accounts that appear to be acting together to spread messages online. https://t.co/SaaBbQkv5Q
— Foreign Policy (@ForeignPolicy) November 17, 2018
A team of analysts have made it their mission to track Russian disinformation campaigns, including the most famous example which was carried out during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
The head of the team at the company New Knowledge, Kris Shaffer, uses data science and artificial intelligence to examine how online propaganda campaigns work.
By combing through datasets of tweets, Facebook posts and online articles, Shaffer is able to map out accounts that are working together to spread similar messages to push false narratives.
Tanzania, November 16
EU: Tanzanian government pressure on its envoy forced his recall to Brussels – statement https://t.co/oXauuFI7X2
— Reuters World (@ReutersWorld) November 15, 2018
The European Union is reevaluating its relationship with Tanzania after expressing concern over the country’s recent crackdown on the media, political parties and the LGBTQ community.
Other international actors including the World Bank and Denmark have already stopped millions of dollars worth of projects with Tanzania, citing the East African nation’s policies of banning pregnant girls from school and criminalizing the questioning of official statistics.
The surge of critique from western donors and pressure from the Tanzanian government forced the Tanzanian ambassador to return to Brussels.
“This unprecedented attitude is not in line with the long established tradition of bilateral dialogue and consultation between the two parties, which the EU deeply regrets,” the bloc said in a statement.
India, November 18
— Filomena Martini (@FilomenaToday) December 2, 2018
The Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Raman Singh, has promised a smartphone in every home and is using the devices he gives out to campaign.
Citizens who have received these phones have reported getting calls from “the Raman government” urging them to vote. Other digital campaigning initiatives have been used on WhatsApp and Facebook.
According to the New York Times, many of the 2.9 million people who have received the phones have found themselves targeted by campaigners.
Germany and Saudi Arabia, November 19
Germany is banning 18 Saudi citizens suspected of being involved in Jamal Khashoggi's death from entering Europe's Schengen zone. The government says it is also halting previously approved arms exports to Saudi Arabia. https://t.co/sZzoL9STRe
— Robbie Gramer (@RobbieGramer) November 19, 2018
Germany, in coordination with France and the U.K., has instituted a travel ban on 18 Saudi nationals allegedly involved in the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
“As before, there are more questions than answers in this case,” said German Foreign Minister Heiko Mass while revealing the sanction.
Mass also said the 18 Saudis are “allegedly connected to this crime.”
Khashoggi disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. Riyadh officials said Khashoggi was killed after a government attempt to persuade him to return to Saudi Arabia from Turkey “failed.”
Israel and Palestine, November 20
.@jacksonrichman: For years, the pro-Israel community has accused the media of bias in their reporting, especially during times of near-war skirmishes. https://t.co/5M3jpixdd1 @SeanDurns @franksesno @dangainor @CAMERAorg
— Jewish News Syndicate (@JNS_org) November 20, 2018
The pro-Israeli community has accused the media of bias towards Israel during the latest Israeli-Palestinian skirmish.
More than 450 rockets were fired towards Israel in 48 hours, and media watchdog groups say that coverage of the flare-up did not mention the months-long attacks by Palestinian rioters prompted by Hamas.
“The silence is absolutely deafening, as it speaks volumes of the about the moral myopia of the media,” said Sarah Stern, founder and president of the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET).
Very sad to hear that my friend and former @AP colleague Rashed Rashid was shot while filming a protest in Gaza. Journalists should not be targeted while doing their jobs. https://t.co/AJoe8VTxGk pic.twitter.com/eGyqcDDMMl
— Ben Hubbard (@NYTBen) November 21, 2018
An Associated Press cameraman was shot and injured while reporting on a protest in Gaza City.
Rashed Rashid, 47, was shot in the leg while operating a live camera during a weekly demonstration near the Israel-Palestine border. He was wearing a blue helmet and a brown protective vest with the word “PRESS” written in white.
Rashid’s co-workers said the shot appeared to have come from the Israeli side of the border. Doctors said he had several bone fractures above the ankle and would need surgery.
Turkey, November 23
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 24, 2018
President Donald Trump challenged the conclusion from U.S. intelligence officials that the Saudi crown prince ordered the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
Turkey foreign minister Melvut Cavuslogu criticized Mr. Trump’s remarks, saying “Trump’s statements amount to him saying ‘I’ll turn a blind eye no matter what.’”
Additionally, Cavuslogu described many European nations’ response to Khashoggi’s death as “artificial” and “cosmetic,” referring to the European travel ban impositions on some Saudi citizens allegedly involved with the killing.
Poland, November 25
#Poland: Internal Security Agency suspects a cameraman promoted fascism, over a year after he was part of undercover journalistic investigation about Polish nazis. TVN, a broadcaster he worked for, says it’s a form of intimidation. https://t.co/dYmFWMlbRP
— Marek Fronc (@abumarkey) November 25, 2018
Polish broadcaster TVN says it’s facing intimidation following the entry of Polish internal security authorities into cameraman Piotr Wacowski’s home.
The authorities called Wacowski to a hearing over accusations of spreading Nazi propaganda after he went undercover to report on a neo-nazi group for a broadcast in January.
Poland’s National Prosecutor’s Office said it was premature to accuse Wacowski, and that the case had been referred to a regional prosecutor’s office for further examination.
“We are treating this as an attempt to intimidate journalists,” said TVN in a statement.
China, November 27
Photographer Lu Guang has been forcibly disappeared since Nov. 3. Here are some photos he took showing the human cost of China's economic development. pic.twitter.com/x7E6OBBc2W
— Yaqiu Wang 王亚秋 (@Yaqiu) November 27, 2018
Three-time World Press Photo Award winner Lu Guang has disappeared while visiting China’s Xinjiang region. Guang focuses on environmental and societal issues in China.
His wife Xu Xiaoli was told by officials that her husband had been taken away by national security officers of the heavily-controlled region. She said she did not know whether her husband had done anything to provoke government anger.
Officials were unable to provide any more evidence of his disappearance.