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· March, 2017

Stories about Citizen Media from March, 2017

31 March 2017

The Day Latin America Declared Itself Feminist

Activists from Uruguay, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, and Venezuela explain why the International Women's Strike was so important to their region.

Russian Web Censor Cracks Down Ahead of Next Anti-Corruption Protests

RuNet Echo

In the wake of the largest opposition protests since 2011-12, Russia's prosecutor general is cracking down on the organizers of demonstrations planned for April 2.

Sudden Death of Aqua-Blue-Eyed Model Shocks Maldives

Raudha Athif, the 20-year-old aqua-blue-eyed Maldivian model, was found hanging inside her dormitory room in north Bangladesh on Wednesday. On social media, Maldivians are mourning the loss of this woman.

30 March 2017

The Internet Blackout in English-Speaking Cameroon Continues

Global Voices Advocacy

How and why Cameroon has denied internet access to its English-speaking population.

29 March 2017

Kyrgyzstan's Capital Through the Cracked Windshields of Its Beloved Trolleybuses

Do Bishkek's trolleybuses have style? You bet they do!

28 March 2017

Uganda's Assistant Inspector General Is the Third Government Official Murdered in As Many Years

After a high ranking police officer is gunned down, Uganda's president has called for the country's police force to be cleaned up, saying it has been "infiltrated by thugs".

Iranians See Arrests and Intimidation of Telegram Administrators and Journalists Ahead of the Elections

Global Voices Advocacy

Revolutionary Guards have previously attempted to limit Telegram's free flow of information with arrests for immoral or obscene content. This is the first time crackdowns have focused on political affiliation.

27 March 2017

How Memory and Digital Media Can Pave the Way to Peace in Colombia

Rising Voices

"I think the website and the content we publish on the Internet make memory. We have made memory with our videos and stories."

Young Iranian Faces Execution Over ‘Anti-Islamic’ Social Media Posts

Global Voices Advocacy

"Sina's grandfather was a martyr of the eight-year war. Sina himself served two years. Sina has more rights to this country than most of these authorities."

For One Somalia-Born UK Citizen, Brexit Is a “Point of No Return”

The Bridge

"This is not the England I grew up in, the one I wanted so much to belong to."

24 March 2017

Searching for Justice, This Catholic Church Worker Documents Drug Killings in the Philippines

"As a photojournalist, always be with the poor, understand their social reality."

A Century Later, Namibia Demands Justice From Germany for Its First Holocaust

In the early twentieth century, the German Empire committed a holocaust against 65,000 Herero and 10,000 Nama. A century later, Namibia is fighting for justice.

23 March 2017

Is Jamaica Preventing Cybercrime or Cyber Activism? The Tambourine Army Goes to Court

Global Voices Advocacy

"Making threats through social media is a criminal offence, but making accusations is not. In interpreting the new act, the courts must ensure [...] the right to freedom of expression.”

Here's Why This Election Year in France Is Completely Unprecedented

People feel that the future is bleak and that the old recipes of established parties are not working.

22 March 2017

Hong Kong's Hottest Fake News Headlines Target Refugees, Foreign Domestic Workers

Hong Kong's increase in fake news prompted media activists to create the Facebook page Kau Yim to verify important information and identify fake news.

Rio de Janeiro Is Caught Between a Yellow Fever Scare and Press Censorship

"What's left of the dictatorship? Everything except the dictatorship."

Angola Is on Its Way to Ban Abortion Entirely and Women Are Fighting Back

Angola could join the handful of countries in the world which currently ban abortion in all cases.

21 March 2017

With Romance and Nostalgia, This Comic Is Taking on Corruption in Mexico

"Readers will find stories written in colloquial language that will inform them about the problem of corruption and of how the National Anticorruption System works."

Jamaican Activist Arrested Under Cybercrime Law Amid Her Campaign Against Sexual Violence

Global Voices Advocacy

"If the Tambourine Army believe they have exhausted all avenues of ‘proper’ ways to advocate, then I say do what you must, but please don’t give up the fight."

Brazil’s Deadly Prison System and the Internet Comedians Cheering It On

A crisis in Brazil's prisons has raised alarms about systemic violence, and also highlighted a vocal segment of Brazilian society apparently cheering on the bloodshed.

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