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· May, 2018

Stories about Citizen Media from May, 2018

The not-forgotten soldier: Afghan serviceman goes viral after Taliban execution

"The Last Gaze of the Free Man!"

‘We'll find you and hang you': Russian bloggers threatened for their efforts at doxxing pro-government Cossacks

"It all started with some attempts at hacking the Telegram bot, and then some pretty real threats started pouring in."

Amid continuing crackdown on anti-government protests, Nicaraguans pay homage to those killed

"If something should be clear, it is that the youth won't ever be the same. We won't see the places where the massacre occurred in the same way."

Bangladesh's ‘zero tolerance’ crackdown on drugs is leaving dozens dead

Human rights advocates say security forces are extrajudicially killing those suspected of drug crimes.

In India, 13 people are killed after police open fire on copper plant protesters

"My Constitution...ensures my right to protest. It ensures my right to life,livelihood,safe and healthy environment. #Thoothukkudi exposes the barbaric assault on these rights."

Russian anti-corruption activists are jailed for ‘inciting riots’ based on their tweets and retweets

"...here goes another 'organizing a rally by retweet.' Looks like this time they’re just locking up everyone."

Sabika Sheikh, the Pakistani student slain in US school shooting, had wanted to bridge the two countries

"...she said...'I want to learn the American culture and I want America to learn the Pakistan culture and I want us to come together and unite,'" her host mother recalled.

Asunción, Paraguay: A city in transformation that is excluding its residents

"They do not want us here. They want an alternative Asunción, one where those in need are not in sight."

Venezuelans who hope for government change face dilemma — to vote or not to vote?

"The government picks all the candidates, sets the rules of the game, forbids any scrutiny [...and] blackmails voters with food and medicine..."

Pakistan Chief Justice's notice produces some hope for Hazara protections

"Finally voice of Hazara people heard. Army chief gives assurance of security and safety. Chief Justice takes notice of the killing of Hazara. Took us several years. Extremely shameful."

Will Dominica's new environment minister address post-Hurricane Maria challenges?

"At present, too many people on the island lack information about what they can expect from the recovery programme and [...] begin to make a difference in their lives."

Despite support for the #MeToo movement in Pakistan, a culture of silence still prevails

"There must be consequences for those who choose to abuse and not to comply... We say to the women who are speaking up: we hear you, we are with you."

Burundi's contentious constitutional referendum reflects deeper political problems

Whether a sign of independence or authoritarianism, Burundi's constitutional referendum appears to have further cemented divisions.

An uneven playing field for female candidates in Sri Lanka

"They expect more women to come into politics, but when there's no support for us or action taken against harassers, we are left wondering if we are wasting our time."

Moscow activists say telcos disrupted mobile coverage during protests, at order of police

Poor or disappearing network coverage during mass protest in Russia is not unprecedented, but now activists are saying the telecom companies are intentionally degrading the service quality on police's orders.

‘You and this loss will never be forgotten': The deadly realities of media work in Afghanistan

"What a painful day. What a hard job. What a dark time in Kabul. TariqMajidi is covering the funeral of his colleague."

The woes of Britain's ‘Windrush generation’ are deeply felt in the Caribbean

"The British bring us to the Caribbean to do unpaid labour. Take us to fight in WW2. Take us to England to rebuild it. Then they have us deported."

In Spain, the “la manada” sexual assault case verdict triggers mass protests

"A group of five men cornered and raped a woman, and then filmed and shared it. However, the courts decided that it was not a rape."

Kidnapping and murders as Ecuador and Colombia's border crisis heightens

Reaching a peace agreement that puts an end to one of the oldest conflicts in the hemisphere is complicated by the murder of three members of the newspaper El Comercio.

In Mexico, an indigenous community telco will continue to operate — for now

"For us, the fact that we had to pay a million pesos meant that we would stop operating."

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