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· October, 2011

Stories about Breaking News from October, 2011

Russia: Izhevsk City Manager Caught on Camera Talking About Election Bribery

Udmurtia.tv publishes a video [ru] of Denis Agashin, Izhevsk city manager, telling the representatives of veteran organizations that the next year's financial support will depend on the results of “United...

Egypt: Blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah Detained for 15 Days

Egyptian activist and blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah has been detained for 15 days, after refusing to be interrogated. He appeared at the Military Prosecutor, along with fellow activist Bahaa...

Yemen: VP Hadi Leaves to the US for Treatment!

Today's main headline in Yemen was the sudden departure of Vice President Abdu Rabbu Mansoor Hadi to the US for medical treatment. Hadi's absence adds a new snag to the...

Israel: Netizens Prepare to Take to the Streets in a New Social Justice Protest

Rallies are planned across Israel tonight - in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Rishon LeTzion, Kiryat Shmona, Haifa, Modiin and Eilat. Elizabeth Tsurkov checks out netizen reactions before the protests.

Madagascar: New Prime Minister Omer Beriziky Arrival Tweeted Live

Twitter users in Madagascar followed  the announcement of the new prime minister and reported it live.  Avylavitra wrote succintly [mg] : “Omer Beriziky is the new PM in #Madagascar.”

Russia: Prison Officer Who Abused Female Inmates Arrested After a YouTube Leak

Anonymous male prison officer from Amur region who had been captured beating and abusing female inmates was arrested, Ria.ru reported [ru]. The arrest was conducted after the shocking video [warning:...

Saudi Arabia: Prince Naif is Coming

Saudi Arabia has appointed its Interior Minister Naif Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud as the Kingdom's new crown prince. The news has been received with fear and caution by netizens,...

Russia: 24,300+ Personal Records Belonging to Pro-Kremlin Youth Camp Participants Leaked

Russia is entering a personal data leak war led by anonymous hackers. After the partly-fake contents of the Alexey Navalny's mailbox was published, the RuNet was struck with another massive...

Brazil: Belo Monte Dam Construction Site is Occupied

Indigenous Missionary Council (CIMI) reports [pt] that 600 people have occupied Belo Monte Dam construction site in Altamira, brazilian state of Pará. Journalist Beth Begonha (@BethBegonha) said [pt] that Kayapó...

Russia: Author of “the Barracks Blog” De-Anonymized, Allegedly Threatened

Vasiliy (@sosigusyan [ru]), military conscript and the author of “the Barracks Blog,” a Twitter-account telling about the life in the army (see transcripts of his tweets here [ru] and here...

Egypt: Revolution Call Renewed After Khaled Said Murder Trial Verdict

Two police officers have been sentenced to seven years in prison for the assault that led to the death of Khaled Said, the young man whose murder in Alexandria has...

Russia: Hacked Mailbox of Anti-Corruption Blogger Published Online

Private mailbox allegedly belonging to Alexey Navalny, famous anti-corruption blogger, has been hacked and published at navalnymail.kz by an attacker nicknamed onenavnav [ru]. Navalny hasn't confirmed the authenticity of the leaked e-mails yet....

Mexico: President Signs Law Two Years After Daycare Centre Fire

On June 5, 2009, a fire in a daycare centre claimed the lives of 49 children and left 76 injured. The childrens' parents campaigned for a bill to improve the...

Russia: Government Official Tries to Force Websites to Remove Discrediting Video

On October 23, 2011 Kseniya Sobchak, celebrity journalist, had shot a video of Vasiliy Yakemenko, the head of the Federal Agency for Youth, in the most expensive restaurant of Moscow. Criticism...

Chile: State Security Law, Violence Deterrent or Repression?

On October 18, Chilean Interior Minister Rodrigo Hinzpeter invoked the State Security Law to punish the persons responsible for the burning of a bus during the protests supporting the student...

Argentina: Cristina Fernández de Kirchner Re-Elected President

Presidential elections held in Argentina on October 23 resulted in a sweeping victory for current President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, according to preliminary results. This post looks at how Argentinians...

Cameroon: French Politician Denounces Irregularities in the Cameroonian Election

Eva Joly, the green party candidate for the French 2012 presidential election, denounced on her blog the re-election  of Paul Biya, Cameroon incumbent president.  She points out  that even the...

Russia: Government to Launch Content Monitoring in December 2011

Roskomnadzor, Russian telecommunications control body, will launch content monitoring system in December 2011, Kommersant.ru reports [ru]. The system ordered in March, 2011 (see GV analysis here) is now in pre-release condition. Its...

Russia: President's Visit to Journalism Department Under Attack of Social Media

The New York Times explores the role of social media in exposing staged nature of Dmitry Medvedev's visit to the Moscow State Univerisity. The Twitter hashtag #журфак (shortened for Journalism department)...

Tunisia: Voting NOT Extended by Two and a Half Hours

Journalist Yasmine Ryan tweets: “Tunisia's polling booths will be open an extra 2 and a half hours due to such high turnout, until 9.30pm.” She then amended her tweet: “CORRECTION:...

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