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Some of the press photographers who captured the scene said they were forced to delete their pictures by security personnel. Mugabe is one of Africa’s so-called presidents for life, and during his 34-rule Zimbabwe has consistently ranked as one of the worst countries in the world for civil liberties. Human Rights Watch have accused the police of “outdated and abusive” law to control freedom of expression. But any attempts to control the media’s attention to this particular incident were in vain: the pictures were picked up by news agencies worldwide and a cut-out image of Mugabe’s tumble was soon turned into memes and shared on social media using the hashtag #MugabeFalls.
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Jeffry van der Goot, a 28-year-old web developer who created the account, received a visit from the police in short order. The only problem was that Van der Goot – who is non-binary and goes by “they” – hadn’t written the tweet. Instead, Van der Goot had handed the Twitter account over to “jeff_ebooks”, a bot they created which could automatically send tweets and hold conversations as an eerie simulacrum of themselves. After Copenhagen: The Myth of Civilized Censorship. Nigeria: 2,000 feared killed in Boko Haram's 'deadliest massacre'
Hundreds of bodies – too many to count – remain strewn in the bush in Nigeria from an Islamic extremist attack that Amnesty International described as the “deadliest massacre” in the history of Boko Haram.
Fighting continued on Friday around Baga, a town on the border with Chad where insurgents seized a key military base on 3 January and attacked again on Wednesday. “Security forces have responded rapidly, and have deployed significant military assets and conducted air strikes against militant targets,” said a government spokesman. District head Baba Abba Hassan said most victims are children, women and elderly people who could not run fast enough when insurgents drove into Baga, firing rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles on town residents. “The human carnage perpetrated by Boko Haram terrorists in Baga was enormous,” Muhammad Abba Gava, a spokesman for poorly armed civilians in a defence group that fights Boko Haram, told the Associated Press. Two suspected child suicide bombers attack Nigerian market. After a week of bloodshed unleashed by Islamists Boko Haram left hundreds of civilians dead across north-eastern Nigeria, Ibrahim Abu wanted to try to forget.
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