Stories about Citizen Media from December, 2016
Amber Mountain National Park lies 40 kilometres from Diego Suarez, in the north of Madagascar. Its humid rainforest covers 23.000 hectors.
The best of Latin American info-activism did not fit into one post, so this will be the first of two articles discussing initiatives that sparked online fire throughout the region.
"Why do they mess about? They should just appoint themselves immortals and pass a law banning death from visiting them."
Groups linked to ISIS, Ansar Al Islam or Ansarullah Bangla Team have claimed responsibility for violent attacks on intellectuals and regular citizens. What does this mean for the future?
Global Voices reviews the Latin American stories in 2016 that taught us about fighting back.
"Jamaica’s Prime Minister [uses] social media. To imply that the press is asking hard-hitting questions that only they are capable of asking, is negating the opinions of the public."
YouTube India is not all songs, pranks or cat videos.
"We must urgently portray the faces of those who face fear."
Images of homeless people in Iran taking refuge in empty graves outside Tehran have been sweeping Persian social media.
"The goat worries about his life, the butcher worries about the fat.”
With the end of the devastating siege of eastern Aleppo, the world watches, parses and argues over the meaning of the media messages being shared by those remaining within it.
"Don't recognize 25 of the 30 names who wrote to #Trump to bash Obama & #Iran Deal. Fox News calls them 'Influential Iranians dissidents'"
"If we all have equal rights and freedom then why such restrictions on women?"
"We do not talk truthfully among ourselves about [...] harassment. Verbal innuendo and unwanted remarks are part of the culture we do not want to get rid of."
In the era of fake news and 'information warfare', the story of Kloop.kg is one that both inspires and reassures.
Flyers naming civil society members (so-called “traitors”) were distributed in the mailboxes and under windshield wipers throughout the capital, Skopje. Others were targeted on social media.
"I go to cinema to relax and amuse myself, not to show my patriotism to my fellow countrymen. People who question my patriotism can come to my house."
The interview with a self-promoting Kazakh news presenter that never happened was quickly disowned by the purported interviewer.
"The system of patriarchy continues to socialize men into a false belief that they have the right to control women. Consequently, gender-based violence [...] seems almost ‘normal.'"
Political leaders and citizens worldwide have reacted in different ways to the recent passing Fidel Castro, and Cuba and Africa were closest on healthcare.