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· May, 2020

Stories about Citizen Media from May, 2020

Dalit youth and five of his friends stoned to death in Nepal because of his love for an upper-caste girl

A low-caste young man and 18 of his friends were attacked – and some of them killed – all because of his love for a girl who was above his...

Tour little-known tourist spots in Japan on YouTube

YouTube channel Anna Film Production produces short videos of interesting and scenic spots in the Kansai region in western Japan.

Côte d'Ivoire withdraws from African Court on Human and People's Rights

On April 29, the spokesperson of the Ivorian Government, Sidi Touré, announced Côte d'Ivoire's decision to remove its recognition of the competence of African human rights court.

Talking down under: Greek PM ‘discovers’ South Zealand

"Primary school kids listen to him and drop dead laughing. Long live our Leader, our EXCELLENT KYRIAKOS! HE'S WHAT WE DESERVE!"

Netflix blockbuster ‘Extraction’ draws criticism for portrayal of Bangladesh's capital

The Netflix blockbuster “Extraction” attracted a lot of criticism and debate for its poor, inaccurate and stereotypical portrayal of Bangladesh and Bangladeshis.

Has COVID-19 worsened or improved Jamaican family dynamics?

The COVID-19 restrictions in Jamaica have diminished some families' already limited economic power while heaping additional responsibilities on parents. How are different types of families coping?

While Pakistan combats COVID-19, a locust swarm is devastating food supplies

The plague of locusts has already devastated crops in parts of Africa, the Arabian Peninsula as well as South Asia.

Not just a number: Online memorial honors Brazil's COVID-19 victims

"After a while, those numbers start to lose their meaning, they become something like a clock, a warning, anything but people. And we start to become desensitized."

How identity-driven conflicts fuel Ethiopia's incendiary social media rhetoric

Unity Park aimed to tell the story of all Ethiopians and celebrate the country’s diversity. But social media revealed politicized, nationalistic reactions along ethnic lines: Amhara and Oromo.

Will the ‘Self-reliant India’ scheme bring relief to migrants during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced another economic reform package of 265 Billion USD during the COVID-19 pandemic which drew criticism from netizens.

In Tunisia, women stand on the frontlines of targeted hate speech online

In Tunisia, an uprising toppled leadership and lead to revolution in 2011. Since then, digital space has witnessed heated debates about politics and society — including attacks against women activists and...

In Algeria, online repression targets Amazigh protesters active in Hirak movement

In Algeria, the Amazigh people are often associated with France, Algeria's former colonial power. Racial slurs online accuse this group of being separatists who threaten "national unity."

Nepali Muslims eye India's growing Islamophobia with fear

The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the status of already vulnerable minority Muslims in Nepal.

Photo contest asks Rohingya community to document their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic

A photography competition for Rohingya people is being held from April 23 – August 23, 2020, featuring two broad categories – “Rohingya life” and “Response to Coronavirus” and entries can...

Women journalists in Uganda carry ‘double burden’ with online attacks and harassment

Women journalists in Uganda carry the double burden of gender-based abuse online and potential threats related to political reporting. These threats have led women journalists to withdraw from public discourse. 

Mali holds elections despite COVID-19 pandemic and terrorist threats

Mali's elections were held under unique circumstances: the ongoing threat of Islamist terrorism and governmental restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 in the Caribbean: ‘Looking out, not going out’

Though regional citizens are still laying low as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, many have been recording their thoughts in various ways, while in relative isolation.

Honduran congresswoman claims she was blocked from virtual plenary session

In times of COVID-19 and confinement, the use of technology that replaces in-person meetings could undermine democratic processes, through sheer inefficiency or by malice.

Amid COVID-19 pandemic in Niger, government violates whistleblowers’ freedom of speech

Today in Niger, freedom of demonstration, assembly and speech are endangered, flouted by the unelected administrative authorities of various municipalities in the country.

Venezuelans come together to provide food for the elderly of Caracas

"We can't put an end to poverty, but we can do our bit to help those who need it most."

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