Stories about Citizen Media from September, 2020
Protests in Angola demand justice for Silvio Dala, a doctor who died in police custody
Demonstrators and the Union of Doctors challenge the police's version of events, which says Dala died after fainting and falling at the police station.
COVID-19 causes Trinidad and Tobago to cancel its Carnival for 2021
"Everyone else has already gone ahead and cancelled theirs. I do not [...] see how [anyone] could possibly think to put the country under further threat from Covid-19."
BJP-led Assam state in India criticized for failed promises ahead of elections
The BJP was elected in the rural state in 2016 on promises to create jobs and clean up corruption. Four years on, the government faces shortcomings on both fronts.
Toward a cyberfeminist future: A new study centers African women as protagonists online
Over 3,000 women from Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Senegal, and South Africa, were interviewed about their "perceptions of digital safety" and online gender-based violence in a new, large-scale study by Pollicy.
In Bosnia and Herzegovina, volunteers defend stranded migrants against local rebuke
In Bosnia's third-largest city, migrants have been residing in and around the main bus station and relying on a group of volunteers for relief.
In Trinidad & Tobago, citizens defend sou-sou savings against pyramid scheme comparisons
"It has become popular to bad talk traditional methods of savings [without] a clear understanding of the roles they played in the economic development of historically disenfranchised communities here."
Press freedom impeded in Hong Kong as police limits definition of recognized media representatives
If approved, a new scheme limiting the definition of officially recognized media will deliver a serious blow to freelance journalists and student reporters.
Artists from Gabon to Mozambique interrogate the meaning of ‘Global South’ in new online exhibition
The "Global South" is a loaded, highly political term. "Where is South?" a new, online exhibition featuring work from 90 artists who challenge notions of "south" through artist books, launches October 1.
In Pakistan, women stage nationwide protest in response to shocking rape incident
The protests' organizers also expressed opposition to public hangings, a call that often resurfaces in Pakistan whenever a rape incident gains media attention.
A new ‘cyber defence’ system in Oman raises human rights concerns
The Omani Sultanate passed a new decree giving security authorities further control over the internet.
Border row, trade turmoil and rising Chinese influence send Indo-Nepal ties to lowest ebbs
Nepal finds itself in the line of fire of the China-US trade war and the Indo-China border conflict.
In Bolivia, indigenous Aymara question Bolivia's Independence Day celebrations
"The independence of these countries where we Aymara live did not mean the liberation of the Aymara, but a change of 'master'."
Peru's state TV broadcasts 23 hours in Spanish daily but only 1 hour in indigenous languages
The lack of representation in television reflects how the Peruvian state, in its 200-year history, has treated its indigenous peoples: in a colonial, racist and discriminatory way.
Millions of Indian students sit university entrance exams after government disregards protests to postpone them
Students protested throughout the entire month of August, citing concerns with COVID-19 transmission and reduced transportation in quarantined zones.
The Caribbean's ‘double standard’ on the enforcement of COVID-19 protocols
Some social media users are convinced that when it comes to COVID-19 regulation enforcement, police officers come down harder on residents of disenfranchised communities.
Fans mourn the passing of energetic Jamaican reggae icon, ‘Toots’ Hibbert
Often credited with inventing the term "reggae," the legendary "Toots" Hibbert will be remembered for his upbeat, energetic, positive music.
World Shorebirds Day in the Caribbean: The beauty of wetlands and the birds that visit them
World Shorebirds Day, marked this year on September 6, saw “citizen scientists” across the region document the presence and the movements of various island bird species.
Indian scientists pen letter against government slashing of environmental protections
The letter says the updates to the Environmental Impact Assessment norms will encourage projects with no prior clearance to commence operations and eventually get regularised by paying a fine.
Moderating harmful content online in Sudan: Policies and measures
In Sudan, social media platforms struggle to enforce guidelines and rules regarding content deemed harmful such as hate speech and disinformation.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Brazilian gravediggers face increased prejudice
With the increased workload due to COVID-19, workers in São Paulo's cemeteries tell of the difficulties of their work and the stigma that they face.
French media ignores minority role models during COVID-19 coverage
Public health specialists who appear on French TV to discuss the coronavirus pandemic do not reflect the diversity of the French public.