Centre for Civil Society President Partha J Shah, as quoted by PTI, said since the ranking is based on 2018 data, many new restrictions on international trade, tightening of the credit market due to NPAs and COVID-19’s impact on debt and deficits are not reflected in India’s score. … [Read more...] about India loses 26 spots on economic freedom ranking: Report
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"I understand the emotions that are coming through from society… When I looked at those images it took me two seconds to realize how insensitive they were. I don't know why we posted them," Clicks CEO Vikesh Ramsunder told radio station CapeTalk on Monday. … [Read more...] about South Africa: Hair ad triggers nationwide protests
'Racist institutions' EFF Deputy President Floyd Shivambu, who led the protest at a Clicks store in Johannesburg's high-end Sandton suburb, said the EFF would not allow the retailer to resume normal operations until it took specific measures to address its problem with racism. … [Read more...] about Hair ad in South Africa triggers nationwide protests
National laws don't cease to apply once you're online. Whenever states give private actors, like such companies, the power to police parts of the Internet – by encouraging or forcing them to delete certain content – states have to ensure that they include effective oversight mechanisms. However, there are also some countries where Internet freedom is in terrible shape, where it is the state itself which purveys fake news, and is responsible for hate speech against a minority, and which uses online tools to stalk and attack bloggers and journalists. … [Read more...] about Twitter and QAnon: when should freedom of speech be free?
Vladimir Putin and Angela Merkel: Through good times and bad Too thin-skinned on media By 2012, Vladimir Putin had taken on a harsher course towards the press and political dissenters. When asked about media freedom while in Saint Petersburg, Merkel responded with a barely hidden jab at her fellow leader: "If I were to get sulky every time I opened a newspaper, I wouldn't last three days as chancellor," she said. … [Read more...] about Germany is mulling economic sanctions against Russia. Do they actually work?