The fear and mistrust in Ukraine: How Europe’s Eastern frontier is facing the pandemic [In Norwegian]

When Italy and Spain nearly collapsed under the new pandemic, Ukraine had fewer than a hundred cases. Europe’s largest country, it has mainly stayed out of the spotlight thanks to its low record of infections and a seemingly effective lockdown. The country’s leadership decided to act before the crisis hit: it shut down the country’s borders mid-March, banned all air travel, and imposed a strict quarantine. The restrictions seemed to work: for a few months, Ukraine’s infections’ curve remain unwilling to pick up. Yet, while the health crisis appeared under control, the economic one emerged.

Russian-sponsored disinformation and the Black Lives Matter movement

There are two primary flows of Russian disinformation, according to Kristina Gildejeva, a disinformation researcher at Logically. “The first one targets a domestic audience, and the second one is for abroad,” she said. The two flows are similar, but their aims diverge. They have been laid bare in Russian-backed news coverage of the Black Lives Matter protests. Within Russia, the goal is to portray the country as a safe haven compared with the U.S.

We Are Watching You: Coronavirus Edition

Welcome to DCN podcast where we talk about all the things digital and where media professionals share their stories of innovation, storytelling, and freedom. My name is Anna Romandash, and I am your host. In this podcast, I want to share with you a story of digital apps that store our data to protect us during "Corona-crisis". These new apps can actually cause more harm than help during the pandemic. So what should we know about them?

Peace with the Taliban: Talking external influence and local responsibility in Afghanistan

“My country, Afghanistan, has been a part of the “great game”, that caused Afghanistan to be a victim, and unfortunately, this continues until today,” says Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan (2001-2014). Karzai, whose relationship with the West has worsened during his second presidential term, and who urged for peace talks with Taliban, sees his country as a battlefield for bigger players enforcing their interests.

What’s Going On in Belarus?

Amid protests and police violence in Belarus, with the biggest rally taking place on March 25 in Minsk and the country’s larger cities against the so-called “social parasites” law, the country has once again appeared on the global media radar. A nation of 9 million has a tendency of popping up on the news only during unstable periods; more often, human rights violations go unnoticed in what has been dubbed “Europe’s last dictatorship.”

Women strive to be journalists, still remain a minority

Although women make around 75% of journalism students, they are still a minority in the newsrooms. According to a recent report by Women’s Media Center, there are only 36% female journalists working in the newsrooms that remain dominated by male employees. The women also tend to appear less on the television as anchors and media experts, and they usually report the lifestyle while men are assigned political and technological topics. “Women are more than half of the population, but we don’t see or hear them in equal numbers to men,” responded to the report Julie Burton, president of the Women’s Media Center.