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· July, 2010

Stories about Citizen Media from July, 2010

22 July 2010

Censorship in Singapore

Singapore authorities caused a major uproar when they banned a film of an ex-political prisoner and arrested a British author who wrote a book about the death penalty in Singapore....

Armenia-Azerbaijan: Bloggers build dialogue

Although a recent conference held earlier this month highlighted some of the shortcomings and dangers of using new and social media in conflict resolution, there is no doubt that online...

20 July 2010

Zambia: Meet Zambian Citizen Broadcasters

The media in Zambia is being turned on its head as bloggers and citizen broadcasters enter the media space. Independent news websites and blogs by Zambians are springing up all...

Russia: Roadtrip to Caucasus

19 July 2010

Global Lives: Revisiting the project recording people's lives

Two years ago we wrote about a project in its initial stages: Global Lives set out to record a day in the life of 10 people from all over the...

Guinea: Awaiting the Second Round of the Elections Amidst Fraud Allegations

A historical presidential election is underway in Guinea as the official results of the first round [fr] are about to be made official. Despite the allegations of fraud, the overall...

18 July 2010

India: From Stone Pelting In Kashmir Streets To Facebook Protests

Indian administered Kashmir valleys are boiling over tensions and rage against Indian security forces over killing of a number of young protesters. An SMS ban ensued to stop rumors and...

Russia-Belarus: Not the end of the godfather story

17 July 2010

Brazil: Electoral Blogsphere Censored

Censorship in the Brazilian blogsphere is an extremely sensitive issue due to a dictatorship past when it was legal. As the presidential elections of 2010 approach, the siege tightens and...

Japan: Artistic manhole covers

South Africa: 67 Minutes of Change – Mandela Day

Nelson Mandela spent 27 years of his life in a prison on Robben Island in South Africa. What most people don’t know is that Madiba (as he is affectionately known...

16 July 2010

Southeast Asia: Sex and web censorship

Regulating internet content today is viewed as an anti-democratic practice but Southeast Asian governments seem able to justify it by invoking the need to save the young from the scourge...

North Korea: Beauty Plays In the Psychological Warfare

A North Korean waitress who looks much alike South Korean actress has become a new celebrity in South Korea. A YouTube video of a North Korean college girl praising its...

North Korea: Amnesty International Reveals Crumbling Health Care

15 July 2010

Croatia: Police Breaks Up Peaceful Protest in Zagreb

Croatian police broke up a peaceful protest against usurpation of public space in the center of Zagreb and arrested at least 11 civic activists. Once again, Twitter is the main...

14 July 2010

Macedonia: The Curse of ‘Bipartisanship’

Veteran Macedonian bloggers express the widely held opinion among their compatriots who are not sympathizers of political parties about feeling hostage to a system without independent alternatives.

Brazil: Afro-Brazilian Claims to Affirmative Action Denied

After nearly a decade discussing the Racial Equality Statute, last month the Brazilian senate finally approved it. Out of the document are the most controversial demands from Afro-Brazilian movements: a...

Rwanda: Paul Kagame Supporters Turn to Power of Twitter, Facebook and Blogs

Supporters of President of the Republic of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, have turned to the power of Facebook, Twitter and blogs to help him win presidential election that will be held...

Montenegro: Hero's Welcome for YouTube Star

Montenegrin diaspora star Ekrem Jevrić Gospoda was given a hero's welcome upon his arrival in his native land few days ago. In addition to fame gained via his YouTube hit...