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· January, 2018

Stories about Citizen Media from January, 2018

31 January 2018

Spanish Activist Helena Maleno's Trial in Morocco Is ‘a Way to Intimidate’ Human Rights Defenders, Her Supporters Say

Helena Maleno is accused of participating in a human trafficking network for her work assisting migrants who run into trouble during the dangerous Mediterranean Sea crossing to Europe.

Crowdfunded Rescue Saves French Mountaineer on Pakistan's Nanga Parbat, but Her Climbing Partner Is Left Behind

"The Heroes of Nanga parbat Polish climbers who stopped their K2 climb and saved life on killer mountain in the darkness...You showed the world what a human life means"

30 January 2018

The ‘Girls of Revolution Street’ Protest Iran's Compulsory Hijab Laws

"With religion and hijab there should be no force."

25 January 2018

Afghanistan Reels From Two Deadly Attacks in Less than a Week

"A cowardly and heinous attack by a bunch of terrorists on a humanitarian organization that serves the Afghan children."

24 January 2018

Offering ‘Beer, Meat and Oppression,’ A Carnival Group Wants To Celebrate Brazil's Military Dictatorship

The Public Ministry of São Paulo will investigate the organizers of the event which, according to the prosecutors, insults the rights to truth and memory and promotes apology for the...

Would Amnesty for Drug Kingpins Achieve Peace in Mexico? Depends Who You Ask

A presidential candidate proposes amnesty as a solution to Mexico's internal conflict. Such a proposition is not novel in the region -- nor is the controversy it sparks.

#JusticeForAsifa: A Young Girl's Murder Shocks Jammu And Kashmir Residents — But Not the National Media

Nationally, reactions to the incident have been sporadic, with many Indians refraining from commenting or staging protests against the heinous crime.

23 January 2018

Protests Underscore the Potential Power of Iran's Access to Information Law

Advox

This is an opportune time to fully enforce efforts towards transparency after Iran's December-January protests. The first step must be a full implementation of Iran’s Access to Information law.

Chaos in the Capital: Photos of Record Snowfall in Tokyo

Heavy snow shuts down Tokyo and provides a chance to snap stunning pictures.

Jurassic Post: Afghan Minister's Gaffe Raises Meritocracy Concerns

“I regret that the National Unity Government talks about good governance while appointing a minister who lacks primary literacy.”

Shifts in Bangladeshi Wedding Culture Bring a Change to the Menu

Although the dishes served at Bangladeshi weddings have started to change, one thing always remains the same -- they are delicious. 

22 January 2018

Changing Trinidad & Tobago Carnival's Culture Starts With Consent

"Flirting is not a crime. Forcing your attention on someone is." Trinidad and Tobago Carnival may be experiencing "a progressive cultural shift”.

‘Crimes of Solidarity’ Once Again Lead to Outcry in France

While the controversial new bill on immigration is under review by the parliament, harassment of migrants and those who dare to help them is in full throttle in France.

Filipino Bloggers Rally to Defend Rappler News Site

Advox

"We stand against moves to silence and scare journalists, bloggers and media practitioners just because the President and his ardent supporters dislike their news and views."

Barbados’ Sewage ‘Crisis’ Causes a Flood of Problems

"The South Coast of Barbados [is] known as the place to wine, dine and party. Regrettably, the South Coast has been making news because of sewage overflowing onto public spaces..."

21 January 2018

Nepal’s Vulture Restaurants Are Helping Revive Their Population and Generate Income for Communities

As the vulture restaurants grow in popularity and continue to generate income for the neighboring communities, people who once abhorred and avoided these birds are beginning to change their tune.

20 January 2018

State of Emergency Over Worsening Crime Has Some Jamaicans Relieved — But Is It an Effective Approach?

Is a state of emergency "making progress", or is it a shot in the dark as Jamaica grapples with addressing the social and economic inequity that fuels violent crime?

The First Mobile Phone Network for Indigenous Communities in Mexico Is Under Threat

AdvoxRising Voices

"This is the only telecommunications service that these communities have, historically they have not been covered...we believe a clear exemption for this type of operator should be in the law."

Leaked Documents Show That Ethiopia’s Ruling Elites Are Hiring Social Media Trolls (And Watching Porn)

Advox

The leaks include a list of individuals who appear to have been paid to promote the ruling coalition on social media.

13 January 2018

This Week in the Caribbean: From ‘Shithole’ Comments to ‘Wining’ Laws

This week, Caribbean netizens rail against the US president's "shithole" comment, discuss violent crime in Jamaica and debate the new "wining" law that will impact Trinidad and Tobago Carnival.

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