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· June, 2009

Stories about Citizen Media from June, 2009

11 June 2009

Indonesia: Deteriorating Primary Defense Weapon System

Another Indonesian military helicopter crashed on Monday in Cianjur, West Java, raising concerns among Indonesians regarding the country's deteriorating Primary Defense Weapon System. This issue is fast becoming a favorite...

Latin America: The Problem of Child Labor – Part II

Child labor is a sad reality in Latin America, and often many residents throughout the region become so used to seeing working children that they don't even realize it. Awareness...

10 June 2009

Latin America: The Problem of Child Labor – Part I

Child labor is a sad reality in Latin America, and often many residents throughout the region become so used to seeing working children that they don't even realize it. Awareness...

Africa: Gay and lesbian voices in African blogosphere

Despite being victims of politics and culture of exclusion in Africa, gays and lesbians on the continent have found a space to communicate and assert their rights: blogosphere. Haute Haiku,...

9 June 2009

North Korea: Two American Journalists Sentenced to Hard Labor

News coming out of Pyongyang is not encouraging. After being accused of illegally crossing the border to North Korea, American Current TV journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee have been...

8 June 2009

Guatemala: Technology and Web Topics in 120 Second Videocast

120 Segundos is one of the newest projects by the Maestros del Web community. The name for the community comes from a literal Spanish translation to the term Webmaster and...

6 June 2009

Air Bus AF 447: Sorrow, lack of information and sensationalism

Blogs around the world have been sending their condolences to the families suffering the wait for any sign of the vanished Air France Airbus AF 447. Much criticism and discussion...

Malawi: Blogger wins BlogHer International Activist Award

We first wrote about her in a post that profiled four Malawian female bloggers, on November 4th, 2007. This time we write about her exclusively, and her recent achievement solely...

Japan: The curtain rises on the lay judge system

May 21st marked the first day in the introduction of the lay judge system in Japan, saiban'in seido (裁判員制度) in Japanese. The first trials in which the new system is...

Iran: Bloggers react to fiery presidential debate

Two Iranian presidential candidates, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and former Prime Minister Mir Hussein Mousavi, clashed during a fiery debate broadcast to a national television audience on Wednesday evening. Ahmadinejad charged...

4 June 2009

Brazil: Land reform or deforestation boost for the Amazon?

Brazilian president Lula da Silva has a controversial bill that will legitimize land-grabbing in the Amazon prior to 2004 on his hands. Will the law help the forest escape further...

3 June 2009

Tanzanian blogger faces jail term over manipulated photographic images

The Nairobi Chronicle reports that a Tanzanian blogger faces jail after publishing manipulated photographic images depicting Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete engaging in lewd sex acts.

Fiji: ‘A Christian state'?

Fiji’s government has canceled this year’s conference of the Methodist church, claiming the week-long meeting would foster instability. The move was announced from a statement from government police and military...

2 June 2009

El Salvador: A New Era With Funes as President

Victor of Alta Hora de la Noche [es] writes that “this could be the start of something beautiful” in reference to the new era ushered in by the June 1st...

1 June 2009

Nepal: A fresh start?

After weeks of wrangling among political parties in Nepal, veteran Communist leader and former general secretary of Nepal communist party (United Marxist and Leninist) (CPN UML) Madhav Kumar Nepal was...

Kenya: Do bloggers hold the key to the future of investigative journalism?

As fewer and fewer newspapers commit enough resources, time and manpower to produce in-depth investigative reports, many citizen media enthusiasts seem to suggest that citizen journalists can step in to...

Global Lullabies: The Arrorró Project

Artist Gabriela Golder from Argentina has taken it upon herself to discover, record and collect lullabies from all over the world, and to find connections among them in the Arrorró...