Close

Support Global Voices

To stay independent, free, and sustainable, our community needs the help of friends and readers like you.

Donate now »

· December, 2009

Stories about Breaking News from December, 2009

Bangladesh: Knighthood For Fazle Hasan Abed

Unheard Voice informs that Fazle Hasan Abed, the founder and chairperson of the largest NGO of the world, BRAC, has been awarded with knighthood for his endeavors towards eradicating poverty...

China: Akmal's death sentence, a resolute No to memory of humiliation?

Akmal Shaikh, a British citizen convicted of smuggling heroine into China, was executed on Tuesday although his families along with the British government had pleaded for reprieve, claiming that he...

Indonesia: Email mom ‘not guilty’ says the High Court

Prita Mulyasari, a housewife who was charged with defamation by a hospital for an email complaint against a bad health service, was found not guilty by the Indonesian High Court....

China: Three prominent bloggers GFWed in the same week

Following the blocking of veteran Internet essayist He Caitou's (@hecaitou) two longstanding blogs hecaitou.net and caobian.info on December 25, renowned columnist Lian Yue (@lianyue) had yet another one of his...

India: Perils Of Making Democracy Accessible

Indian Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor was caught up in another controversy as he tweeted to his approx. 542,000 Twitter followers a personal opinion on the recent...

Kazakhstan: Journalist murdered, professional motives excluded

Sayat Shulembayev, 28, journalist of the news video-portal “Stan” was brutally murdered in Almaty. As “Stan” producer Michael Pak says, Sayat rented a room in the house near bus station....

Pakistan: Bomb Attack On Shia Procession

Kalsoom at CHUP! – Changing Up Pakistan reports that today “a suicide bomber attacked a Shia procession commemorating Ashura in Karachi, killing at least 25 people and injuring 50.”

China: Tweeting in support of Iran

Twenty-four hours later and #CN4Iran remains in heavy constant use by Chinese Twitter users speaking out in support of protests now underway across Iran. The #CN4Iran hashtag has since been...

Uzbekistan: Criminal Charges Filed Against Documentary Photographer Umida Akhmedova

Umida Akhmedova, photo by Fergana.ru Umida Akhmedova, the Uzbek [EN] documentary photographer, has been accused of insult and slander against Uzbek people and traditions, reports Fergana.ru [EN]. The maximum penalty...

Australia pushes internet censorship; Twitter erupts

Australia's Communications Minister Stephen Conroy declared his determination last week to push through mandatory internet censorship of a government-defined blacklist of websites, sparking an online frenzy in blogs and on...

Sri Lanka: Groundviews wins Manthan South Asia Award

ICT for Peacebuilding (ICT4Peace) reports that the Sri Lankan citizen journalism platform “Groundviews” has won the prestigious Manthan Award for South Asia under the e-news category.

Belarus: New Plans For Internet Control

“Nasha Niva”online portal in Belarus published [Google Translation – ENG] a draft of the President's decree “On Measures to Improve the National Segment of the Internet.” The decree will  significantly...

Egypt: And this one goes to Djamila Bouhired

Algeria's 75-year-old activist and revolutionist Djamila Bouhired is ill and is beseeching her country and countrymen to finance her medical treatment. The news has infuriated many Egyptian bloggers who see...

Russia: Domain “блог.рф” (blog.rf) Registered By Security Service

Domain “блог.рф” (“blog.rf”) was registered by the Russia Special Communications and Information Service (formerly known as FAPSI [ENG], part of the Federal Security Service [ENG]), LJ-user di09en reports [RUS] citing...

Russia: Kremlin Plans To Create ‘Party of Bloggers’

The Kremlin will create a new “Party of Bloggers”, reports [RUS] luberblog.ru. The party will function on the basis of electronic signatures and forums. This initiative shows the virtuality of...

Philippines: Bloggers Raise Voices Against Martial Law

As the world commemorates International Human Rights Day, Filipino bloggers are eerily reminded of the dark days of the Marcos dictatorship when President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo imposed martial law in...

Indonesia: Coins for justice

Netizens have launched a campaign to collect the money in form of coins to show support for Prita Mulyasari, an Indonesian housewife who wrote an online complaint against a bad...

Russia: Online Forum Beats Media in Covering Night Club Fire

Fire at the night club "Lame Horse" in a central Russian city Perm killed more than 100 people. Local online forum Teron.ru quickly became the main source of information about...

Guinea: Attempt on Military Leader Dadis Camara's Life

According to several news sources, Captain Dadis Camara, leader of the military junta which seized power in Guinea in December 2008, was shot and wounded by one of his aides...

Russia: Blogger Arrested For Pneumonic Plague Rumors

Ivan Peregorodiev, a 22-year-old medical student and blogger, has been arrested on December 3 for spreading rumors about pneumonic plague in the city of Saratov. Authorities accused him of disseminating...

Receive great stories from around the world directly in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the best of Global Voices!

Submitted addresses will be confirmed by email, and used only to keep you up to date about Global Voices and our mission. See our Privacy Policy for details.

Newsletter powered by Mailchimp (Privacy Policy and Terms).

* = required field
Email Frequency



No thanks, show me the site