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· October, 2021

Stories about Citizen Media from October, 2021

Bangladesh’s upcoming Data Protection Act may suppress, not protect, citizens rights

Analysts fear that a proposed data protection act in Bangladesh contains some loopholes including the indemnification of government agencies, which could be weaponized like the existing controversial Digital Security Act...

Yasin Abu Bakr, leader of Trinidad & Tobago's attempted Islamist coup, dies 31 years after failed insurrection

"Have you lot praising this ‘community leader’ ever thought about not only the people killed but the people living on after being traumatized?"

Key suspect in Haitian president’s assassination held in Jamaica on immigration charges

Details are still coming to light, but the suspect, Colombian national Mario Antonio Palacios Palacios, was arrested in central Jamaica, and was being held on immigration charges.

‘Self governance is self love': Barbados elects first local head of state on journey to becoming a republic

"We have a good relationship with the British monarchy. Long may it continue, as equals. Congratulations to our incoming President Dame Sandra Mason."

How Dave Chappelle's new comedy special went over in the Caribbean

"[Chappelle] built his deconstruction of the importance of comedy to the human condition using the various gender and LGBTQ movements of this century as his prisms."

I was invited to celebrate ‘Columbus Day.’ This is what I answered

"The 'National Day of Spain' is a mockery and offense to our Indigenous and Afro-descendent peoples."

On National Heroes Day, Jamaicans at home and abroad pay their respects to ‘son of the soil,’ General Colin Powell

Despite his reputation for decency and integrity, Jamaicans—and the Caribbean in general—had qualms about General Powell’s involvement in the Iraq War.

Chile rejects the migrants it once welcomed

In a study, Chileans considered themselves mostly 'whiter' than other Latin Americans and considered migrants 'dirtier.'

The death of a reputed gangster exposes fault lines in Jamaican society

"There should be no rejoicing at his death; there are two truths here—that our society failed a young man of great potential AND he caused untold pain and suffering."

Indigenous artist depicts the hidden history behind the creation of Bangladesh's Kaptai Lake

Few of the tourists flocking to Bangladesh's Kaptai Lake know the dark history behind the site's creation. With a stunning visual story, artist Tufan Chakma sets out to change that.

No hatred nor pity: Just let me live in my own body

"Those who criticise different bodies have no idea what [trans people] had to go through to have the body that we live in."

Peter Telfer, the Trinidadian percussionist who made African drumming a church staple, goes to his Creator

"I remember the first time I heard ‘O Creator’. It woke me up because [...] it was our rhythm, it was our chant, it resonated with us, a Caribbean people."

In Belarus, subscribing to Telegram channels branded as ‘extremist’ may now get users in trouble

While it's not clear whether the Belarusian police will actually be able to dispense prison terms, "nobody can be sure" they won't be criminally charged for subscribing to Telegram channels.

Could Miami show Trinidad and Tobago how to safely pull off Carnival in a pandemic?

"There were free testing stations, temperature checks. They followed strict protocols [...] My friends who participated are all fully vaccinated. Hoping that it wasn’t a super spreader."

Three graphics that explain Portuguese colonialism

From the occupation of territories to the colonial war, passing through the abolition of slavery, we dismantled some myths of Portuguese colonialism.

Jamaica forced to dump 55,000 doses as COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy persists

"Before [social media] those who were uninformed knew they were uninformed ... now [the] same uninformed listen to two fake news video clips [and] pronounce themselves experts."

Flower power: Rapper Trinidad James irritates compatriots with sneaker brand misnomer

The debut of the rapper's new sneaker brand, marked by a plethora of inaccuracies about the country's national flower, was followed up by an apathetic apology with additional blunders.

Pandora Papers: Sixteen Nepalis have illegally invested in offshore companies in overseas tax havens

The Pandora Papers, a global investigation by the ICIJ, has revealed how many Nepali business persons and companies have used tax havens to stash wealth to avoid taxes.

Pakistan's proposed media development authority could further curb freedom of media

The representatives of different press clubs of the country have declared the proposed Pakistan Media Development Authority (PMDA) “a media martial law” and rejected it outright.

Mozambique: innovative media initiative allows vulnerable groups to access information

TV Surdo, an initiative created in 2008, aims to produce content for people with hearing and visual impairments.

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