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· July, 2020

Stories about Citizen Media from July, 2020

Popular YouTube channel documents what it is like to be black in Japan

Popular YouTube channel and website The Black Experience Japan features interviews with dozens of Black residents of Japan.

Nigerians counteract COVID-19 denialism with social media campaigns

Nigerians directly confront coronavirus denial headlong with counter-narratives that use ordinary language in campaigns devoid of the usual mistrust between citizens and governments. 

Appeal court says the answer to Guyana's election results lies in the recount

Guyana's general elections took place on March 2. Now, the appeal court has ruled that the Chief Election Officer must submit his official report based on the recount results.

The day Liberia shut down freedom of expression amid a mass protest

Last year, the Liberian government disrupted social media access to prevent live protest coverage and the mobilization of protesters, shutting down freedom of expression and the right to access information.

Trinidad & Tobago NGO identifies treatment of women as key issue in upcoming elections

The histories of several electoral candidates have prompted the gender rights organisation Womantra to highlight "the need for urgent and collective attention to end violence against women in politics."

How Balinese communities in Indonesia are coping with the COVID-19 pandemic

"COVID-19 mini-wikithons provide a safe space for people to talk in their native Balinese language about their challenges and coping strategies of the pandemic in Balinese communities."

COVID-19 has accelerated digitalization but will Tunisia log on?

COVID-19 accelerated digitalization in Tunisia like no previous government could achieve, gaining more digital momentum in a single month than it had in prior decades due to corruption and inaction.

Former prime minister of Barbados, Owen Arthur, dies

"There is no economist working today in this region of the world who has not drawn on the wisdom, rigour and intellectual fearlessness of the [Right Honourable] Owen Seymour Arthur."

It's been 30 years since the attempted coup in Trinidad & Tobago

"Given that an unequivocal apology may never be obtained, we citizens must be the drivers of effecting our own reconciliation."

Journalist's abduction raises concerns about media freedom in Pakistan

On July 21, renowned Pakistani journalist Matiullah Jan was abducted in Islamabad. Though he was released about 12 hours after, fingers are being pointed at state security agencies.

The long and winding road to Guyana's 2020 election results

After many false starts, there was finally a recount, but legal challenges that question the interpretation of key sections of Guyana's constitution have dragged out the process even further.

Sri Lankan wildlife threatened by poaching during the pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic in Sri Lanka, rising unemployment has been linked to the surge in illegal wildlife poaching.

Yanomami mothers fight for the right to bury their children during the COVID-19 pandemic in Brazil

Amazônia Real's report located the bodies of Yanomami babies who died with COVID-19. They had been buried without their families' knowledge. One baby remained for two months in a cold...

A never-ending cycle of doctors’ strikes and funding debacles leaves Nigerians at the mercy of the pandemic

Events such as doctors’ strikes and funding debacles are bound to recur until the root cause of the problem is exorcised from Nigeria's public health system.

Indigenous and Afro-descendant communities in Colombia denounce the assassination of human rights defenders

"The answer should not be force. The militarization of the territory generates more panic and anxiety."

Rooftop cultural events allow Venezuelan residents to momentarily escape COVID-19 through art

"We want to dream. We are the generation that fights and loves its community, despite the social conflicts and inequalities, we live in a constant learning process."

Ecuador's transgender community decries lack of government aid during pandemic

"We aren't inherently vulnerable; it's the State that makes these populations vulnerable."

Black Lives Matter forces an IBM U-turn on facial recognition

Under pressure from Black Lives Matter movement activists, the company IBM has announced its withdrawal from the facial recognition software market

‘Invisible hands': How millions of domestic workers fare under COVID-19

"We are the invisible hands. Our work is not valued. We don’t exist for the families we serve nor do we exist for the state."

Since George Floyd's murder, black Barbadians are becoming more vocal about racism

Through their support of the Black Lives Matter movement, young activists are challenging the status quo.

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