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· April, 2019

Stories about Citizen Media from April, 2019

29 April 2019

Benin sees internet blackout on election day

Advox

A nationwide internet shutdown that lasted well into the night, leaving voters in the dark about their election day choices.

28 April 2019

#MySkirtMyRight: Women in Madagascar fight sexism and victim-shaming by the government

This incident is merely the catalyst that opens our eyes to the reality: In Malagasy society, violence against women is only the tip of the iceberg.

26 April 2019

This Argentinian project documents street art from all over Latin America

Born during the 1998-2002 Argentinian economic depression, Arte Callejero began paying attention to visual, artistic responses to the crisis.

23 April 2019

As a comedian wins Ukraine's presidency by a landslide, Russians watch with awe and envy

RuNet Echo

Russians have been glued to their screens as they watched a rare show: unpredictable elections where an incumbent can hold debates with an outsider, lose the vote, and concede peacefully.

21 April 2019

A series of bomb attacks on churches and hotels spark terror in Sri Lanka

Hundreds were killed and injured in a series of planned explosions in Sri Lanka. A twelve-hour islandwide curfew was declared by the government while social media sites were restricted.

20 April 2019

Guinea’s President Alpha Condé tells supporters to be ready to fight

Alpha Condé, the Guinean president, told his supporters to be ready for serious confrontations with those who may oppose him seeking a third term.

Will the Haitian president's third pick for prime minister solve the nation's security issues?

Haiti's security situation is currently quite volatile, sparking hope that the proposed new prime minister will be able to work with President Moise and deal with pressing socio-economic issues.

Bangladeshi paint company advert draws criticism from lovers of traditional Alpana art

"Berger is offering their synthetic paints to the Alpona artists of Tikoil village. The artists will no longer need to paint every season, colors will last forever. What a horror!

18 April 2019

After a year of protests Nicaraguans don't want just Ortega's departure — they want a new beginning

"[We need to] eradicate authoritarianism, sexism, personal autocracy and other ills that have penetrated the political culture of the country"

17 April 2019

Indian voters undeterred by missing names from electoral lists and violent clashes

Barring a few incidents, the voting on the first day of the election went on peacefully and voter turnout was high. The next phase of election starts on April 18.

12 April 2019

How Uzbeks learned to love (and live on) the Telegram messenger app

The service whose growth in the country at one point felt almost accidental is now a mirror to a nation on the move.

10 April 2019

Hungarian state media are attacking a high school student who criticized government

Nagy has endured criticism of her intellect and even sexual harassment, with one pro-government media outlet calling her a "whore".

9 April 2019

All you need to know about India's 2019 general elections

After a campaign season complete with hashtag battles between candidates, Indians are gearing up to take to the polls for the 2019 general elections.

These women ride across Bangladesh on motorcycles to spread the word about empowerment

Sakia Haque and her friends wanted to talk to Bangladeshi girls about women's empowerment and educate them about reproductive health, so what did they do? They hopped on motorbikes!

8 April 2019

Unexplained Wealth Bill in Trinidad & Tobago ruffles some feathers

As a bill targeting "unexplained wealth" is debated in parliament, misinformation abounds and people start playing politics.

In France, police violence escalates to quell yellow vests protests

How is it possible to lose your eye or the use of your hand by joining a demonstration? The use of LBD's by French police are to blame.

5 April 2019

Luis Carlos and Global Voices, 12 years and counting

The Bridge

"Luis Carlos represents certain characteristics and qualities: strength, resilience in the face of obstacles, solidarity and commitment to human rights and a rather brilliant and idiosyncratic sense of humour."

4 April 2019

How pro-government media in Morocco use “fake news” to target and silence Rif activists

Advox

While the internet can provide a platform for marginalized voices, it can also facilitate their victimization.

When Algeria makes headlines, French and English media report differently

French- and English-language media sources take different approaches to reporting on the Algerian political crisis.

3 April 2019

Government official says the ban on messaging apps is slowing flood relief in Iran

Advox

"In situations where sharing information is vital, censorship can turn into a deadly phenomenon."