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· July, 2014

Stories about Citizen Media from July, 2014

31 July 2014

Bahrain's Justice Minister Tweeted About Giving His Political Opponents a Political ‘Slap’

Slapping, kicking and other forms of physical violence were found to be part of the government's systematic mistreatment or torture of political opponents since the 2011 uprising.

“Very Difficult to Care about Madagascar”

Why July 25 Is a Tragic Date in Puerto Rican History

Constitution Day is celebrated on July 25, but it is also the date of the U.S. invasion in 1898 and the murder of two young pro-independence activists.

Indian Scientists Are Preventing Wild Elephant Attacks With Text Messages and TV

A small team tracks elephants during the day and gives the information to TV channels. Text messages are sent to those who are within a two-kilometre radius of elephant movement.

Vanity Military Selfies Are Spoiling Russia's Attack in Ukraine

RuNet Echo

"We shelled Ukraine all night long." These are the words a young Russian soldier wrote online last week, where he published a photograph of military equipment in an open field.

All Aboard! This is Landlocked Kyrgyzstan's Train to the Coast!

The train to the seaside is a time-honored tradition in countries across the world. Even countries like Kyrgyzstan, that don't have a sea.

30 July 2014

Tajik Blogger: “We Must Prove our Professionalism and Close the Case Against Alexander Sodiqov”

Global Voices Advocacy

Global Voices community member Alexander Sodiqov has been released from jail, but still faces wrongful charges of treason. This blogger - his former student - hopes for Alexander's swift release.

The Angriest Man in Odessa is on the Front Lines of Ukraine's Information War

RuNet Echo

Odessa's vigorously anti-Moscow LiveJournal star, Zloy_Odessit, has his work cut out for him. Indeed, open dialogue with pro-Russian bloggers is still a long way off.

Camera Phones vs. Kalashnikovs in Ukraine's Separtist-held Luhansk

RuNet Echo

How "streamer" journalism both empowers and endangers civic reporters in eastern Ukraine.

The Mouthpiece of Totalitarian Propaganda — Crimea's Colonel Cassad

RuNet Echo

Colonel Cassad has little love for Vladimir Putin. Despite this his blog has become massively popular among Putin's supporters. It has also earned him the ire of Ukraine's intelligence services.

Honduras Generates Employment with Community Activities

29 July 2014

With Doctors on Strike and Boko Haram on the Loose, Nigerians Fear an Ebola Outbreak

A Liberian man infected with Ebola has died in Lagos, a city of 21 million. Nigeria is the fourth country in the current outbreak to diagnose the disease.

Spanish Soldier Who Penned a Best-Selling Novel About Military Corruption Gets Jail Time

Luis Segura, a lieutenant in the Spanish army, is in prison for criticizing the military during interviews for his novel "Un paso al frente" (A step forward).

These ‘Poets With a Cause’ Are Defending Social Justice in Crisis-Hit Puerto Rico

"Poetas en Marcha is Felipe the janitor, Sofia the overworked and underpaid secretary, the young adults laughing while having a beer after their final exams, the noble lady selling fruit."

Spinning the MH17 Tragedy, Moscow's Victory Isn't What You Think

RuNet Echo

Kyiv and Moscow trade evidence and conspiracy theories about whose BUK surface-to-air missiles downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. What game is the Kremlin playing online?

Reasons to Take a Trip Once in a While

Seoul Says No to Uber, But Don't Put Down Your Mobile Just Yet

Seoul is banning Uber and planning to release its own mobile app for taxi services. Who wins from such a move?

28 July 2014

Leaked Cybercrime Law Could Undo Tunisia's Pioneer Status on Internet Rights

Global Voices Advocacy

Government officials renew calls for filtering and monitoring of the Internet under the pretext of "fighting terrorism" -- could this mean the end of Tunisia's Internet rights renaissance?

The World Tweets for Ethiopia's Zone9 Bloggers on July 31

Global Voices Advocacy

Join Global Voices bloggers for a worldwide, multilingual tweetathon in support of the ten bloggers and journalists facing terrorism charges in Ethiopia.

Massive Amounts Paid Out in Trinidad & Tobago's LifeSport Programme

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