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· April, 2017

Stories about Citizen Media from April, 2017

30 April 2017

CNN Reignites the Great West African Jollof Rice War During Visit to Nigeria

Cries of indignation rang out all over Nigeria after a CNN journalist put the country's information minister in a tight spot with a provocative question about a popular dish.

Police Raid on Kingston Dub Club Puts Noise Pollution Issue on Replay

One of Jamaica's "music/tourism gems" gets shut down by police after neighbours complain about the noise levels. But is there a compromise to be had?

29 April 2017

Despite Some Ambivalence, the Expanded Jamaica Carnival of 2017 Was a Hit

Jamaica Carnival is still considered an import from Trinidad and Tobago, but that doesn't mean that Jamaicans haven't been embracing the festival and its economic benefits.

“I'm Glad I'm From Tohoku” Trends on Twitter Following Japanese Politician's Cruel Words

A Japanese cabinet minister's insensitive remarks spurred a popular Twitter hashtag supporting Japan's northeastern Tohoku region, as well as the minister's resignation.

28 April 2017

The Last Time This Many People Went on Strike in Brazil It Was 1996

Protesters are taking a stand against a series of austerity reforms hastily pushed by Brazilian President Temer, who enjoys a substantial legislative majority and support from businesses, despite sinking popularity.

Rafael Braga Vieira: Symbol of Institutionalized Racism and Criminalized Poverty in Brazilian Justice

Braga was homeless and collecting recyclables to survive when he arrested the first time. But that was just the beginning of a darker saga.

Kashmiri Man Who Was Tied to an Indian Military Jeep as a Human Shield Says He Now Lives in Fear

"...I am afraid of going to a hospital. I’m afraid they will find me and kill me…I haven’t stepped outside my house in the last eight days."

26 April 2017

How the United States Has Become a Problem for Indians

To learn more about the lives of Indians in Donald Trump's America, Global Voices spoke to two Indian young men about their aborted plans to study in the United States.

25 April 2017

Port of Spain Explores Spaces for Public Art After Controversial Crackdown

Might online support for a small Trinidadian artist be the spark that finally creates sustainable display spaces for public art in the capital city?

23 April 2017

Maldives Blogger and Activist Yameen Rasheed Stabbed to Death

“So-called 'Paradise on Earth' has no public safety for it's citizens. Tomorrow, it could be me, you, or any of us," wrote a Facebook user.

21 April 2017

Students Protest in Kashmir Amidst School Closures and Mobile Internet Blocking

"Where in the world are student protests crushed with such force & brutality, pellets & tear gas shells rain today many got injured"

A São Paulo City Councilor Surprised Schools With an Inspection for ‘Leftist Indoctrination’

Fernando Holiday was inspired by the Escola Sem Partido (School Without Party) campaign, which divides opinion in Brazil.

Marine Le Pen's Comments on the Vel d'Hiv Roundup During WWII Reawaken France's Painful Past

"The victims of #veldhiv have been pulled from eternal rest to serve as a tool in the electoral plot of infamous politicians without brains or morals."

20 April 2017

Puerto Ricans Hold a ‘Vigil for Light and Truth’ to Demand an Audit of Public Debt

"The people of Puerto Rico refuse to pay a debt that is not ours. We will not choose between education or healthcare. Our elders will not have their pensions reduced."

19 April 2017

31 Years Later, the Lights Come Back on in Chernobyl

RuNet Echo

Last week, group of Polish adventurers lit up the abandoned town of Pripyat, three miles from the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

18 April 2017

In Turkey, There's No Room for Maybe Anymore

Erdogan got his way - by a whisker - and isn't in the mood to compromise. Neither is the opposition.

15 April 2017

A Healthy Food Movement Is Gaining Momentum in Paraguay

In this first article we present a summary of the series "To eat better", which follows Paraguayans fighting for the right to adequate food and responsible use of land.

14 April 2017

War Between Spain and the UK Over Gibraltar? Social Media Says No Way, José!

"Why would we want Gibraltar, if we can't already exit a roundabout driving on the right imagine us on the opposite side!!!"

Censorship Undressed: Iranian State TV Cuts Broadcast Mid-Sentence

Global Voices Advocacy

In an unusual broadcasting flub this week, Iran's official state media network cut off the live video feed of a reporter in mid-sentence, censoring election coverage.

13 April 2017

Netizen Report: Censorship Spikes After Venezuela’s ‘Self-Inflicted Coup’

Global Voices Advocacy

Venezuelan journalists face rising threats amid protests, Russia blocks Zello, and Southeast Asian lawmakers use ‘fake news’ fears to justify censorship.

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