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· June, 2017

Stories about Citizen Media from June, 2017

30 June 2017

Peruvian Sportscaster's Racist Comments Trigger Outrage Across Two Countries

"The media has a great responsibility in society, to not repeat stereotypes, not amplify them, and not to replicate racist actions."

Brazilian Justice Rules in Favor of Satirical Website After Seven Years of Censorship

Global Voices Advocacy

Using parody, the website drew attention to the skewed coverage of the Folha de São Paulo newspaper, one of the largest in Brazil. Nevertheless, it was shut down.

Slimmed Down Garvey Sculpture Gets Thumbs Down From Jamaicans

Ambivalent — and often dismissive — about public statuary in general, Jamaicans turn their ire towards a bust of national hero Marcus Garvey that they say needs "more identity".

29 June 2017

Fall Armyworms Are Ravaging Crops in Many African Countries

"They've finished eating the wild plants and are now going into the villages where there is more vegetation. They eat everything in their path. All plant life is at risk."

28 June 2017

A Czech Nuclear Plant Held a Swimsuit Contest to Choose Its Next Female Intern

The move quickly faced accusations of sexism: "What a joke! Do we make men pose in swim suits to get hired as interns?"

26 June 2017

An Angolan Governor Loses His Job After Criticizing His Own Political Party in an Interview

Isaac Maria dos Anjos, ex-governor of the Angolan provínce of Benguela, is famous for his criticisms of the ruling MPLA party.

25 June 2017

False Rumors of a Collapsed Tunnel in Madagascar Raise Questions about Cybercrime and Punishment

Global Voices Advocacy

Moral of the story so far: No one is anonymous behind his screen; don’t take everything that is said on the internet at face value.

23 June 2017

June and July Mark the Anniversary of the Wartime Destruction of Japan's Cities

Bombing raids systematically targeted Japan's cities for complete and utter destruction in June and July 1945.

22 June 2017

Nigerians Celebrate the Election of Seven British-Nigerians to the UK Parliament

While the federal government of Nigerians is congratulating the new MPs, some Nigerians say the government should not appropriate the electoral victory of the British-Nigerians.

Detained Telegram Channel Admins Go on Hunger Strike in Iran

Global Voices Advocacy

The centrist administration of President Hassan Rouhani has been publicly criticized by Iran's hardline political factions for refusing to censor some of Telegram’s features.

People Around the World Celebrate International Day of Yoga, an Ancient Indian Tradition

"Many countries which do not know our language, tradition, or culture, are now connecting to India through Yoga. Yoga connects body, mind, and soul."

21 June 2017

As Deadline to Leave Saudi Arabia Nears, Ethiopian Workers Trapped Between Two Bad Choices

"It is horrifying that most Ethiopians have not shown an interest in returning home despite risk of violence."

Angered by Online Censorship, Palestinians Say #NoToBlocking

Global Voices Advocacy

Blocked websites are known for their criticism of the Palestinian Authority and its president Mahmoud Abbas.

‘Minor Storm’ Causes ‘Major Losses’ in Parts of Trinidad & Tobago

Tropical Storm Bret was milder than it could have been, but some areas of Trinidad and Tobago still suffered damage.

20 June 2017

The ‘Invisible’ Children Who Died in the Care of the Chilean State

"Now we know that hundreds of children died, but no one reported their deaths. They remained there forgotten, because they are children that no one cares about."

Tropical Storm Bret Hits Trinidad & Tobago — and Twitter

A tropical storm with an attitude makes landfall in Trinidad and Tobago -- and causes a stir in the Twittersphere.

19 June 2017

‘Who Has the Most Selfies?’ Council of Bloggers Meets for First Time in Russian Parliament

RuNet Echo

"I have more than ten thousand [selfies]," firebrand politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky joked. "Who has more than me? No one!"

One Last Bolt: Jamaicans Party at National Stadium After Usain's Last Run on Native Soil

The man who redefined athletics has run his last race on home soil; the stellar lineup of athletes reflected the growing stature of Jamaican track and field.

Chronicles of a Concerned Venezuelan: Scenes to Help You (Try to) Understand Venezuela

The Bridge

"Venezuela is falling to pieces. We’re falling apart and I wonder if any of us are even aware of it."

18 June 2017

Palestinian Authority Once Again Censors Websites of Rivals and Critics

Global Voices Advocacy

The blocked websites have been critical of the Palestinian Authority and its president Mahmoud Abbas.

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