Coronavirus cases have popped up around the world, stirring anti-Chinese racism on social media. Holocaust survivors discuss their experiences at Auschwitz, 75 years after the liberation of the death camp. Job cuts at the BBC and News Corp. launches a news aggregator to rival Facebook and Google.
These are some of the stories that caught our attention this week.
Johns Hopkins University has set up a map visualising confirmed cases of the virus, which originated in Wuhan. The ABC explores the tool’s use and limitations.
Toronto Star / Evelyn Kwong
“To many Asian Canadians, this comes as no surprise. We’re often all lumped together, and the idea of ‘yellow peril’ — a racist stereotype that generalizes Asians as unsanitary, lower-class, and alien — is embedded in our nation’s history.”
The Jakarta Post / Dian Septiari
Indonesia’s military is set to send aid personnel to Australia to support the bushfire recovery efforts.
The Guardian / Julia Carrie Wong
An investigation of 218,100 ads shows how much the campaign spent in 2019 on social media ads — $US20 million.
The New York Times / Ezra Klein
Both parties have polarised, in very different ways. What will be the consequences for US politics?
NPR / Rob Schmitz
The Soviet army liberated the largest Nazi extermination camp 75 years ago. Now, survivors fear the horrors of the Holocaust will be forgotten.
BBC / Amol Rajan
This week the BBC announced it would cut 450 jobs as it moves away from traditional broadcasting towards digital audiences. The cuts come at a time when the Beeb is under financial strain, is struggling to connect with younger Brits and the licence fee is under political pressure.
The Interpreter / Daniel Flitton
A former Washington Post correspondent, Rezaian spent 544 days in an Iranian prison. He says Australia should be pushing harder for the release of jailed academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert.
Reuters / Helen Coster
News Corp launched its free new aggregation service, Knewz, this week. It aims to provide an alternative to Google and Facebook.
The Washington Post / Paul Farhi
WashPo journalist Felicia Sonmez was placed on administrative leave after tweeting a story referencing rape allegations against the basketballer from 2003, soon after Bryant and his daughter died in a helicopter crash. After a brief investigation, the reporter was reinstated.