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· March, 2011

Stories about Citizen Media from March, 2011

25 March 2011

Nigeria: Blogger Arrested for Allegedly Blackmailing a Politician

The Nigerian federal security enforcement agency, State Security Service (SSS), recently arrested Ikenna Ellis Ezenekwe, a Nigerian blogger who runs 247 Ureports, for allegedly attempting to blackmail Mrs. Uche Ekwunife,...

Cameroon: Government Interferes With Internet Service

Global Voices’ translator: Jean Saint-Dizier

Jean Saint-Dizier, aka "Juan", is a volunteer translator for Global Voices in French. Madly in love with Brazil, his second homeland, and with Portuguese, Juan translates from Portuguese to French...

El Salvador: Citizen Reactions to Obama's Visit

The visit of the President of the United States, Barack Obama, has sparked comments in favor and against his trip among Salvadoreans. The visit has also stirred up a heated...

24 March 2011

Japan: The Importance of Getting Back to Normal

As more time passes since the devastating Earthquake that shook Japan on March 11th, people in Japan are feeling the need to return to normal and put the disaster behind...

Brazil: Satirical Video pokes fun at famous singer's blog

Côte d'Ivoire: Laurent Gbagbo Facebook Fan Page Deleted

23 March 2011

Paraguay: Photo Blog Reveals Dangers of Childbirth

Most Paraguayans are not aware of the high rates of death from childbirth and abortion in the country. These issues are rarely reported on mainstream media. This is why running...

Côte d'Ivoire: “Why is no one intervening in Ivory Coast?”

Violence continues in Ivory Coast. Charles Blé Goudé has called for the Young Patriots, supporters of the outgoing president, Laurent Gbagbo, to enlist in the army. Now thousands of young...

Venezuela: Learning to Play the Cuatro on the Web 2.0

The cuatro - an instrument in the guitar family - is the principal icon of traditional Venezuelan music. A love for the cuatro has also reached citizen media, where songs...

Brazil: Obama's Visit Marked by Protests, Repression and Criticism

Intended to be a party, US President Obama's first visit to Brazil was marked by the controversial decision for his country to intervene militarily in Libya, in addition to the...

21 March 2011

Russia: Human Bots Fight Opposition

RuNet Echo

As Internet control becomes more and more sophisticated, new techniques join the arsenal of online deception and discreditation. Vadim Isakov analyzed the phenomena of 'human bots,' paid commenters willing to...

Zambia: Opposition Leader Risks His Political Neck Over Gays

Leader of Zambia’s biggest opposition party, the Patriotic Front, Michael Sata is in political hot water because of an interview he allegedly gave to a Danish newspaper in which he...

Mexico: U.S. Drones Gather Intelligence on Drug Cartels

A story first reported on March 15 by The New York Times has garnered strong responses from Mexican netizens based at home and abroad. Citing American and Mexican officials, the...

20 March 2011

Guinea: Miss Guinea France 2011 Speaks Out against Excision

Togo: The Regime facing the Media

Pakistan: Investigating Loan Write-offs A Bad Idea

Côte d’Ivoire : Terror in Abidjan

Abidjan a connu avant le début de la guérilla qui sévit depuis quelques jours une série de violences inédites, des attaques contre les domiciles privés des adversaires politiques de Laurent...

Costa Rica: Netizens Discuss Wikileaks Cables

Newspaper La Nación of Costa Rica is the first Central American media outlet to receive and publish diplomatic cables related to the country. The content of these cables has provoked...

Ecuador: New Developments and Cyber-Activism in Chevron Case

On February 14, 2011, an Ecuadorian judge ruled that oil company Chevron had to pay US$9.5 million in environmental damages. Almost a month later, Chevron has appealed the sentence; citizens...