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· April, 2012

Stories about Citizen Media from April, 2012

Sénégal: a Highly Anticipated Wrestling Match between Eumeu Sène and Balla Gaye 2

123Dakar writes [fr] about the upcoming match between two of the biggest stars of Senegalese wrestling: “The fans have been waiting for this eagerly, the competitors have to define their...

Bahrain: Where is Abdulhadi Alkhawaja?

For some days there has been no news of imprisoned Bahraini human rights activist Abdulhadi Alkhawaja, who has been on hunger strike since February 8. It is feared that Alkhawaja...

Spain: St. George's Day, Catalan Culture and Protest

Saint George's Day (Diada de Sant Jordi in Catalan) is a unique celebration in Catalonia. Tradition holds that the festival revolves around roses and books. April 23rd has always been a day of...

A look into China's ‘red aristocracy’

The Stream, a social media community with a daily TV show on Al Jazeera, has put together content from different social media sources about Chinese billionaires, known as the ‘red...

Ethiopia: Netizens Outraged as Ethiopia Steps Up Internet Censorship

Ethiopian bloggers are outraged and expressing their concern on different social media platforms as the Ethiopian government increasingly engages in blocking and surveillance of selected websites, blogs and Facebook pages.

Bangladesh: Citizen's Voice, A Citizen Watchdog for Public Services

Citizen’s Voice (Nagorikkontho.org) is an online project to empower Bangladeshi citizens by having their voices heard regarding feedback on public services.

Haiti: Death by “Clairin”

“In early 2011, a dozen people died after drinking ‘clairin’ – a traditional Haitian alcohol drink – made with methanol in the Fond Baptiste region, north of the capital. Another...

Trinidad & Tobago: Talking Common Sense

The Lloyd Best Institute of the West Indies, based in Trinidad & Tobago, has posted video of the presentations from one of its Common Sense Convois series,  “Food First: Building...

Trinidad and Tobago: Watching Crime & Dangerous Dogs

Two controversial topics are grabbing the attention of bloggers from Trinidad and Tobago: the recent arrest of the host of “Crime Watch”, a popular local television show and the proposed...

Chinese blind lawyer and activist Chen Guangcheng flees house arrest

Chinese blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng has reportedly escaped from his well-guarded house in Dongshigu (Shandong) after more than a year of house arrest. Sources report he entered the US...

Russia: Putin Proposes Contentious State Power Grab in Siberia

On April 20, 'Kommersant' revealed an ongoing legislative project to create a state company to oversee the economic development of Eastern Siberia and the Russian Far East. The schism at...

Uganda: Protesters Bare Bras After Police Sexually Assault Politician

Ugandan netizens have reacted with anger and disgust after NTV Uganda showed a video footage of sexual assault against Ingrid Turinawe, the chairperson for Women League of the Forum for...

Cuba: Bloggers Summit in Matanzas

The bloggers from La Joven Cuba [es] have organized a Summit of Cuban Bloggers [es] that will take place April 27th and 28th in Matanzas. Follow the conversation on Twitter under #BlogazoxCuba (@BlogazoxCuba).

Colombia: “San Andrés belongs to Colombia”

Nicaragua has presented a claim [es] in the International Court of Justice over the sovereignty of the Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina, which is currently part of Colombia's...

Panama: New Law Establishes Ministry of Culture

On April 24, 2012, the National Assembly of Panama approved yesterday the "Law of Culture", which among other things elevates the National Institute of Culture to the Ministry of Culture....

South Africa: Urban Road E-Tolling Looms Despite Public Resistance

Despite public outcry, legal challenges and protest actions from civic organisations and labour unions, urban road e-tolling is set to go ahead in Gauteng province in South Africa. This is...

Brazil: Activists Protest in Memory of Military Dictatorship

A number of cities throughout Brazil held both real and virtual events to remember Brazil's Military Dictatorship (1964-1985). Activists held protests to push for punishing the Dictatorship's criminals and to...

France: The Presidential Election Through Foreign Eyes

While the French are preparing to choose a president in the upcoming weeks, French voters overseas and foreign media have reacted as the first round poll came to an end.

Bolivia: Discussing Indigenous Issues and Natural Resources in the Chaco

Blogger Dario Kenner shares three interviews he conducted in south eastern Bolivia, in the Chaco region: “The interviews are only with a few people so they do not cover every...

Chile: Reasons to Protest Again

On April 25, 2012, students took over the streets again to protest for an inclusive and good quality public education after several months of "silence". Here we share some of...

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