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· January, 2015

Stories about Citizen Media from January, 2015

31 January 2015

Grindr in the Kremlin: Gay and Online in Putin's Russia

RuNet Echo

Russia's "balanced" anti-homosexual legislation has turned the Internet from a safe haven into a battleground in Kremlin’s assault on the Russian LGBT community.

30 January 2015

As a Drone Captures Global Voices at 10, a Few Thoughts from Cebu

The Bridge

I was blogging and tweeting frenetically, trying to capture the conversations in panels and halls, soaking up as much news and perspective as I could from friends around the world.

How Putin Secretly Conquered Russia's Social Media Over the Past 3 Years

RuNet Echo

In a special column for RuNet Echo, TV Rain's online chief editor, Ilya Klishin, discusses the Kremlin's slow but steady capture of online social media in Russia.

Höség: Water and Windproof Solidarity

29 January 2015

Our Voices: Juan Tadeo in México

Our contributor in Mexico, Juan Tadeo, tells us how he became involved in Global Voices, what he likes to write about, and what he's learned of citizen journalism.

28 January 2015

The Khabarovsk Airport Logo Is a Viral Sensation. It's Also a Flying Bear.

RuNet Echo

Given the excitement the logo has generated on the RuNet social media, it will probably bear the public relations fruit the airport had hoped for.

The Parallels Between France's Charlie Hebdo and Ecuador's Bonil

A few tweets recall the sanctions placed on cartoonist Bonil in Ecuador, paralleling his situation to the Charlie Hebdo tragedy in France and the debate over freedom of expression.

27 January 2015

Trinidad & Tobago Journalist Marcia Henville's Murder Shocks the Nation

A popular journalist dies in a fire, but autopsy results confirm that she was murdered. Netizens want justice in what many assume to be a domestic violence case.

A Website Fine Rekindles a Controversy About the Use of Personal Data in Perú

A Peruvian website that publishes open data was closed down after being fined, rekindling a debate about the use of personal data in the country.

Citizens Refuse to See India's Garden City Reduced to Waste

Rather than trash the authorities' handling of Bangalore's garbage problem, residents are finding innovative ways in which to deal with the massive amounts of waste generated by the city.

26 January 2015

Nepal's #SmashChairChallenge Pressures the Constituent Assembly to Draft the Constitution

By satirising the infamous incident in which Constituent Assembly members threw chairs in protest over a new national constitution, the Nepali blogosphere is having a smashing time on Twitter.

25 January 2015

10 Ways Mexicans Can Reclaim Their Troubled Country, According to Denisse Dresser

Political analyst Denise Dresser gave a talk reflecting on ways to be a citizen in today's Mexico. The YouTube video has received thousands of views and sparked important conversations.

36 Killed, Internet Shut Down Briefly in DR Congo as Protests Flare Against President Kabila

Violent clashes between police and protesters against Kabila's electoral reform have resulted in 36 deaths in DR Congo over the past few days.

24 January 2015

Another Day, Another Violent Police Crackdown Against Protesters in Brazil

Military police are accused of violently suppressing a protest against publication transportation fare hikes in Sao Paulo.

23 January 2015

Japanese PM's ‘Triple Disaster’ Response to ISIS Ransom Demands

The prime minister dispatched a notably pro-Israel Japanese lawmaker to Jordan to deal with the crisis and delivered his response to ISIS's demands standing in front of an Israeli flag.

Once Again, Mexicans Will Have a Starring Role at the Oscars

Birdman and La Parka are movies with Mexican talent that are nominated at the Oscars. González Iñárritu y Lubezki are after the award, as well as Serra Argüello from Nicaragua.

Israel's Arab Sector on Strike Over Alleged Police Brutality

The "unintentional" deaths of two men from the Bedouin city of Rahat has brought to the fore tensions over "the conduct of the police in confronting Arab citizens."

22 January 2015

WhatsApp, Line and Tango in Jeopardy in Iran, As President and Judiciary Clash

Global Voices Advocacy

Culture Minister Ali Jannati refused to say if the government would implement the ban on three messaging services. They currently remain accessible to Iranians.

Caribbean Perspectives on the Charlie Hebdo Free Speech vs. Intolerance Debate

Two Caribbean bloggers discuss religious fundamentalism in the context of the Charlie Hebdo attack and wonder if the tragedy can be used as an opportunity to change the idealogical narrative.

A Musical Feast: Puerto Rico Indie's List of the Best 14 Albums of 2014

Although 2014 ended almost one month ago, it is never too late to enjoy the blog Puerto Rico Indie's service to curious ears.

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