How Authoritarians Are Exploiting the Covid-19 Crisis to Grab Power

Written by Kenneth Roth 31 March 2020

"For authoritarian-minded leaders, the coronavirus crisis is offering a convenient pretext to silence critics and consolidate power. Censorship in China and elsewhere has fed the pandemic, helping to turn a potentially containable threat into a global calamity. The health crisis will inevitably subside, but autocratic governments’ dangerous expansion of power may be one of the pandemic’s most enduring legacies." (Roth, 2020)

Publisher: NY Review of Books

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Category: Authoritarianism