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Using a Pandemic to Consolidate Power

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Around the world, governments are limiting freedoms by requiring people to stay home and prohibiting large gatherings. Though many of these actions are necessary, authoritarian regimes are using the pandemic as an excuse to abuse their power.

In Egypt, for example, many citizens are encouraged to shelter in place, yet the realities of the outbreak are being censored. Also of concern is an economy that’s largely dependent on the informal sector, making social distancing a luxury.

Now that large gatherings are prohibited in most countries, causing huge economic losses, cultural practices are also being disrupted. Will sports games continue without audiences?

This week on WorldAffairs, we talk about how journalism, sports and religion persist through a global crisis.

Join us for VPM Forum, Sunday April 19 at 6:00 p.m. on VPM News, 88.9 FM.