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· November, 2021

Stories about Citizen Media from November, 2021

Press Freedom and the Indian Judiciary

In India, journalists are being unfairly charged with defamation, sedition, and publishing fake news. Despite the constitutional guarantee of press freedom, threats to the press are rampant in the country.

Introducing Undertones, Global Voices’ media analysis newsletter

This newsletter synthesizes Observatory research and analysis of key narratives and ideas circulating in the public sphere.

Ukraine marks anniversary of Euromaidan protest on Day of Dignity and Freedom

Global Voices covered the Revolution of Dignity extensively in 2013 and 2014, featuring the multitude of citizen voices as captured by our volunteer authors.

Once more, Jamaicans debate whether states of emergency are an effective crime-fighting tool or a band aid

The murder rate in some communities in Jamaica has increased between 16 and 57 per cent in 2021, with the country recording 1,240 murders so far this year.

More leeway to the ship recycling industry from the environmental authorities in Bangladesh triggers criticism

Activists in Bangladesh are criticising the recent decision of the environmental authorities who downgraded the status of the ship recycling industry from red to orange.

Empty Chair Day highlights plight of imprisoned Ukrainian journalists

This year's campaign focuses on Vladyslav Yesypenko, an independent journalist illegally imprisoned for reporting on the realities of life in Russia-occupied Crimea.

Disparity in the data collection policies of some pan-African firms in Uganda raises privacy concerns

The Unwanted Witness report revealed that most of the personal data collected online violates privacy rights, with no regards for the safety and dignity of citizens.

More voices call for the release of Zhang Zhan, a citizen journalist who could die in a mainland Chinese prison

For months, international human rights groups have been urging China to release the jailed citizen journalist Zhang Zhan. The US government recently joined the cause as Zhang’s health is deteriorating.  

The Dhimal art of weaving

Sixty-five-year-old Chandra Kala Dhimal is one of the last few weavers from Nepal's indigenous Dhimal community keeping traditional wooden weaving alive.

Rooppur: Little Russia in Bangladesh

As part of the project's support system, there has been massive infrastructural development in the surrounding areas, and cultures have become so integrated that the area's demographics look very different.

Barbados prime minister Mia Mottley's defence of Small Island Developing States at COP26 makes her a regional rock star

"How does Barbados feel about [Prime Minister] Mia Mottley? Because the rest of the Caribbean feels as though y’all won the lottery in the PM dept."

In Guatemala, ancestors are remembered with food, marimba, and ‘flowers of the dead’

Despite the fact that visits to cemeteries were restricted, people did not stop celebrating life.

Behind the success of the Kenyan Twitter disinformation campaign to discredit the Pandora Papers

Kenya’s disinformation industry successfully manipulated Twitter’s trending algorithm to attack the Pandora Papers and protect President Uhuru Kenyatta, whose family was implicated in the exposé.

The mysterious origin of the name of Armenia city in Colombia

Is it a tribute to the Armenian people or a religious reference? Historians are still debating.

Belarus authorities block access to more independent media added to extremist list

The websites of Deutsche Welle, Current Time and the employees and readers of BelsatTV and NEXTA are the latest targets in Belarus' ongoing crackdown on independent media and free expression.

‘My people, from above and afar': Havana in photos

The photos were influenced by the story of "a BEFORE and an AFTER."

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