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· June, 2021

Stories about Citizen Media from June, 2021

Cheap materials raise questions over Kazakhstan's expensive new urban development

A crumbling wall in Turkistan's new flagship construction project reveals the faults of fast-paced development in Kazakhstan's holiest city.

Will a free vaccine program boost India’s COVID-19 vaccination rate?

India has launched the latest phase of its vaccination campaign, offering free vaccination for everyone, however, questions remain about how this drive can reach its intended population amidst emerging challenges.

Top Belarusian media website removes social media posts to protect employees

Tut.by editors removed virtually all of the content published on most of their social media channels in 2020 and the first half of 2021, at the height of the post-election...

Hong Kong digital news outlet Stand News removes articles and suspends subscriptions following Apple Daily closure

Pro-democracy digital news outlet Stand News has announced it will remove opinion articles it published before May and stop accepting donations to reduce risks under the national security law.

Myanmar journalists endure attacks for reporting the coup

"We're all just waiting for the knock on the door. Sometimes you hear footsteps on the stairs, it's like they're coming for you: you have this feeling all the time."

Amazon Prime TV series dangerously misrepresents Eelam Tamil narratives and histories

An Indian TV show, which launched its second season on Amazon Prime recently, landed deep in controversy for portraying the Lankan Tamils in a highly colourist and problematic manner.

How I awoke from the lasting Cuban deception

"My awakening to the realization of the injustice caused by totalitarianism was a long and painful process."

Was Michael B. Jordan's ‘J'ouvert’ rum cultural appropriation or a missed opportunity for Trinidad and Tobago?

While Jordan may have intended to pay homage to the roots of struggle from which the joyous festival emerged, much seemed to have been lost in translation.

Marmara Sea covered by “sea snot”, with possible dangers to environment

"Sea snot"—or "marine mucilage"—may cause biodiversity loss. It is triggered by global warming, waste pollution and rising water temperatures.

#NiUnaMenos six years on: triumphs and new demands of Argentina's feminist movement

Since the first protest in 2015 under the Ni Una Menos slogan, more than 200 feminist organisations have achieved major successes and put forward a new set of demands.

Balloons, graffiti, sports and economic power are the latest tools of Palestinian resistance

These latest acts of resistance reflect the energy brought to the movement by young people seeking their right to self-determination and to claim the spaces in which they live.

Trinidad & Tobago marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, even as some seniors struggle at vaccine centres

The country's president advocated for the protection of the elderly, saying that their recent treatment at health centres is a "less than subtle form of elder abuse."

WATCH/LISTEN: “Beyond the Protest Square,” a conversation with Tanya Lokot

Missed the livestream of the June 17 Global Voices Insights webinar featuring media scholar Tanya Lokot on her new book "Beyond the Protest Square"? Here are the video and audio...

War journalists grieve execution of Spanish reporters in Burkina Faso

Fighting between jihadist groups has grown since a 2015 coup d'etat.

Privacy and IP concerns as Kenyans find new ways to cash in on their internet fame

However, concerns are arising regarding the right to privacy, copyright legalities, value to content creators, and the unintended consequences of such overnight fame and success

Alleviating hunger in Bangladesh during Covid-19 restrictions

The Covid-19 restrictions in Bangladesh have impacted the livelihoods of people who earn daily wages and several citizen-driven aid efforts are ensuring that the hungry get fed.

Organiser of online map protest in Russia fined for crowdsourced obscenities

Unlike street protests, which require prior authorisation from local authorities, online rallies aren't technically subject to the same restrictions.

‘Nothing is braver than a trans woman unafraid to die in order to live’

"The lack of respect within patriarchal societies has internalized through its media the view that certain lives are not worth living."

Tokyo Olympics: A symbol of the divide in Japanese society

Using Twitter's public API, Global Voices analyzed more than 2.5 million Japanese-language tweets to gauge public sentiment around the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Mexican registry for cell phone users sparks privacy concerns

"The creation of a similar registry was attempted in 2009, but the database ended up being leaked and for sale."

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