Category: context

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Striking the BJP’s electoral success within the southeast in context

Since March 3, the main topic of conversation across India has been the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) unexpected electoral success in three small northeastern states – Tripura, Nagaland, and Meghalaya. In a country of 1.3 billion people and more than 860 million voters, such widespread interest in seemingly minor assembly elections can be considered…

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Striking Kenya’s media shutdown in context

On Tuesday, December 30, the Kenyan government took the unprecedented step of shutting down three of the largest television stations in the country. At KTN, the first independent station in Kenya, the signal was merely switched off. But at Citizen Television and NTV, officials of the Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK) allegedly went to one…

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Ethiopia’s resolution on ‘political prisoners’ in context

On January 3, the Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn made two major announcements: his government will release political prisoners and close down a notorious detention centre at the heart of Ethiopia’s capital, widely known as a torture chamber for dissidents and government opponents. Desalegn announced the decision as part of a wider package of reforms…