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Myanmar youths browsing Facebook pages at an internet shop in Yangon. Facebook has been heavily criticised over failures to control hate speech and misinformation in Myanmar. (Photo: Sai Aung Main/AFP via Getty Images)
Director's Note
21 Dec 20
As 2020 draws to a close, at IWPR we are grappling with a global challenge that in its way is even more grave than coronavirus.
The President of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, has wrongly claimed that Cuban medicine and science have saved 80% of critical patients from COVID-19. (Illustration: Baleria Mena)
10 Dec 20
No evidence to support official claims that country’s advanced” science and medicine” has saved record numbers of patients.
Due to the lack of internet access, home working is ony possible for a small number of the population. (Photo: Leonardo Fernandez Viloria/Getty Images)
9 Nov 20
Despite official claims, country lacks the basic telecommunications infrastructure to make this happen.
Since the arrival of the pandemic in Cuba, the country has been experiencing a worsening shortage of basic products, which translates into longer queues than usual. (Photo: L. R. Fuentes)
15 Oct 20
New measures mean that only those with access to hard currency can obtain essential goods.
Maikel López has a small fruit and food stall that supplies neighborhoods in Camagüey, Cuba. The stall allows residents not to have to go to crowded state markets. (Photo: R. Fernández)
25 Sep 20
The crackdown on street vendors selling basic goods means people have to join long queues in government-run shops.
The Otobaia-Orsantia Bridge, where Otar Jobava's corpse was found. (Photo: Tamuna Shonia)
16 Sep 20
With the checkpoint closed, some residents of Abkhazia are risking their lives to access services.
(Illustration by Baleria Mena)
2 Sep 20
Low state pensions mean that older people risk exposure to the virus to make ends meet.
25 Aug 20
Activist groups struggle to overcome lack of legislation or state support.
12 Aug 20
Officials obscure systemic failings – aided by an uncritical media.
Ashot Melikyan, Head of the Committee to Protect Freedom of Expression. (Photo: Committee to Protect Freedom of Expression)
6 Aug 20
Disinformation – sometimes spread by medical experts - has become a serious public health threat.