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· October, 2013

Stories about Citizen Media from October, 2013

28 October 2013

Egypt: Lawsuits Greet Bassem Youssef's Long-Awaited Al Bernameg

How ready is Egypt for Bassem Youssef's latest round of satire? Netizens react to the first episode of El Bernameg (The Programme), which was greeted with lawsuits.

PHOTOS: Muralists ‘Paint Resistance’ in Toribío, Colombia

From October 19 to 26, a 'minga' - collective work done in favor of a community - united over 60 artists from Colombia and other parts of Latin America.

An Overview of Volgograd Bombing Anglophone Blogging

RuNet Echo

Misinformation disseminated online about the Volgograd bus bombing (which left at least six people dead on October 21) has raised the suspicions of Russia bloggers both Russophone and Anglophone.

27 October 2013

Legendary Indian Playback Singer Manna Dey Dies

Dey recorded more than 4,000 songs between 1942 and 2013, and was famous for his playback work recording songs for hundreds of movies for actors to lip sync to.

Council of Europe Condemns Deterioration of Human Rights in Spain

The Council of Europe denounces the serious situation of human rights in Spain, largely as a result of social spending cuts, and disproportionate police violence.

Mapping Recent Reports Of Dengue Fever In India

Hungarian Student Bloggers Win Lawsuit Against University

Iranian Student Leader Majid Tavakoli Is Out on Bail

After 4 years in jail, an influential Iranian student leader was welcomed home by his family and supporters.

Venezuela Creates a ‘Vice Ministry of Supreme Happiness’

The Vice Ministry's objective is to coordinate more than 30 social missions. On Twitter the reaction to this measure has been a mixture of scepticism, mockery and sarcasm.

26 October 2013

Journalists Fear Japan's Proposed Secret Information Protection Act

High Voter Turnout Reframes Trinidad Election Story

First reports indicated low voter turnout for Local Government Elections, but the reality was the total opposite, confirming some netizens' suspicions that the electorate is anything but apathetic.

Grenada: Remembering the Revolution

Thirty years ago this month, former Prime Minister Maurice Bishop was executed by a firing squad. It was the beginning of the end of the People's Revolutionary Government in Grenada.

A Muslim Schoolgirl and the Volgograd Suicide Bombing

RuNet Echo

In the wake of the Volgograd bus bombing, a Muslim girl wrote a letter to the anonymous blogger hardingush. We chose to translate it in its entirety.

25 October 2013

Race Against Time for Ill Former Samsung Workers in South Korea

Samsung employees suffering from work-related illnesses face an uphill legal battle for recognition and compensation. Recently, there has been some positive developments.

Wearing Putin's Insult as the Badge of Honor

RuNet Echo

The Greenpeace activists locked up in Murmansk may be suffering the worst luck of anyone in the ongoing scandal surrounding Russia's Arctic drilling, but they aren't the only ones hurting.

Bahrain: More Tear Gas Than People

With a total population of 1.3 million, Bahrain plans to purchase 1.6m canisters of tear gas. Here's how a group of activists plan to stop the shipment from South Korea.

24 October 2013

After Lampedusa Shipwreck, Italy Considers Decriminalizing Illegal Immigration

The tragedy, in which 350 or so African migrants were killed, has renewed debate about illegal immigration in Italy, which is a destination for many African migrants.

Madagascar Goes to the Polls, Four Years after the Coup

One Month Until Honduras’ General Election

Central Asia's Presidents: Political Stalwarts and Musical Softies

Some presidents in Central Asian countries sing, dance, and play musical instruments. When they fail to impress their populations, however, people sing against them.

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