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9 December 2016

Digital Activists Meet Up Offline to Promote Bolivia’s Language Diversity Online

Rising Voices

Bolivia's 37 official languages makes the country cultural and linguistically diverse. However, that diversity is not always seen on the internet.

After Missing Woman Is Found Dead, Trinbagonians Say, ‘Enough is Enough’

"How do we fix this? Where do we start? Who has the expertise [...] to bring about the changes [...] required to get these criminals off our blood splattered streets?"

Two Young Activists Get 10 Years in Jail Each After Graffiti on Azerbaijan Patriarch's Statue

Global Voices Advocacy

"I don’t want to be remembered by apologising in my final statement. I refuse to see myself as a prisoner. I am a lover of freedom."

Macau Casinos’ Show of Communist Patriotism Leaves Many Scratching Their Heads

"Casinos are the product of corrupt capitalism and against the spirit of the communist revolution."

Russian Journalists Fired for Reporting About a Children's Art Project That Ended at the Dump

RuNet Echo

If reports about children finding their homemade New Year's tree ornaments at the dump aren’t enough to rob you of your holiday cheer, perhaps this next detail will...

8 December 2016

Activist Arrested on Royal Insult Charges for Sharing BBC Article About Thailand's New King

Global Voices Advocacy

Almost 2,500 Facebook users shared the post, but the police singled out an activist calling for the restoration of democracy in Thailand.

The Thin Line Between Political Censorship and Fighting Fake News in Iran

Global Voices Advocacy

Iran wants to regulate social-media news accounts with more than 5,000 followers because of the dangers of fake news. But what about the danger to free speech?

Calls for ‘All Hands on Deck’ as Caribbean Islands Recover From Devastating Rains

"It is ridiculous my country still does not fully appreciate the need for disaster research and local research support."

7 December 2016

Sudanese Government Targets Activists, Stifles Media Coverage of Civil Disobedience

Global Voices Advocacy

The civil disobedience action began on 27 November after the government removed subsidies on electricity, fuel and medicine.

Trinidad & Tobago Shaken—and Stirred—by Strong Earthquake

Trinidad and Tobago lies along a major earthquake fault line, so the tremor wasn't all that surprising -- but netizens still saw humour in the midst of an unnerving experience.

Report Shows Ghana's Opposition Presidential Candidate Leads in Facebook Likes, Incumbent President Leads in Twitter Followers

"[T]he report has shown that social media has become a normal and central form of communication for all segments of the population, particularly, political parties and their leaders..."

Australians Ask: Have We Lost the War on Drugs?

The Greens leader's call to decriminalise recreational drugs has many supporters in Australia.

6 December 2016

Russian Blogger Launches Campaign to Annul Anti-Extremism Law He Was Convicted of Violating

RuNet Echo

Blogger Anton Nossik wants to annul Article 282 of the Russian Criminal Code, a catch-all statute that prohibits "ctions aimed at the incitement of hatred or enmity."

Sleeping or Dead – Part 5: This Farce Called a Homeland

The Bridge

"You’re lucky, as some were transferred out today, before we had shifts for standing and sitting....we are managing by squatting and sleeping on each others’ shoulders.”

Fake News, Peaceful Voting and Other Things on Ghanaians’ Minds Ahead of Elections

"Friendly reminder that clever retorts on social media, passion, facts & figures won't be counted. Your vote will. Go & vote! "

A Major Leak Exposes How Chinese Loan Sharks Make Female Debtors Take Nude Selfies

Global Voices Advocacy

Taking nude photos in exchange for a loan may seem bizarre, but that's exactly what's happening in China. A major online leak has cracked the scheme wide open.

5 December 2016

Filipino Activists Hold Solidarity Fast in Support of Political Prisoners

"They are persons caring for the marginalized sectors of the society but they were jailed for trumped up charges."

Vietnamese Court Upholds Jail Sentence for Land Rights Activist

"The Vietnamese government should urgently amend the land law and its grievance processes to protect farmers’ rights."

Chapecoense Club Tragedy Brings Back Memories of Plane Crash with Peruvian Football Team, Alianza Lima

In the wake of the plane crash involving members of the Brazilian football club Chapecoense, Peruvian fans remember what happened to Alianza Lima football club in December 1987.

Russian Media Regulator Backpedals on Google Pressure

RuNet Echo

Hours after Russian news outlets began reporting that state media regulatory agency Roskomnadzor had issued instructions forcing Google to re-register in Russia or face sanctions, an agency representative backpedaled, telling roem.ru that Izvestiya,...

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