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· July, 2014

Stories about Citizen Media from July, 2014

28 July 2014

Bangladesh Authorities Shut Down a 200-Year-Old Brothel, Evicting Hundreds of Sex Workers

Pressure from religious leaders and conservative politicians is the suspected reason behind the closure. But the national platform of sex workers of Bangladesh accused local officials of land grabbing.

China's State Media Reveals Unapproved Genetically Modified Rice Is on the Market

A deteriorating environment and decreasing arable land threaten China’s ability to feed the world’s biggest population. The country is looking into GMO technology, but rice remains in a research stage.

Can France Catch Up With Internet of Things World Leader China?

The Internet of Things is permanently and fundamentally revolutionizing our consumption habits.

Why Some Caribbean Authors Are Accusing a Trinidad-Born Novelist of Being a ‘Latter Day Columbus’

After a U.K.-based writer wrote a blog post exploring modern Caribbean writers, some authors accused her of ignorance about the region's literary history.

Thai Junta Issues New Gag Order Against Media

Advox

A new order from the Thai military government bans "criticism of operations of the [Junta], its officials, or any related individual," among other things.

‘Boyfriend No, Only Volleyball': Kazakh Sportswoman Ignores Marriage Proposals After Going Viral

Sabina Altynbekova, a 17 year-old volleyball player representing Kazakhstan at youth level has been thrust into the global spotlight after playing for her country in a tournament in Taiwan.

27 July 2014

Under Bombs, Gaza's Doctors Are Saving Lives and Tweeting Heartbreaking Stories Between Shifts

Doctors at an overcrowded hospital have safely delivered a baby from the corpse of a nine-month pregnant mother killed in an air strike.

Macedonian Authorities Claim Social Networks ‘Have Always Been Blocked’ in University Dorms

Residents of a state-run student dormitory in Skopje began an online campaign to expose the horrific living conditions. Then, access to Facebook and other websites was cut off.

Twitter “Blocks” Access to Russia's Most Infamous Hackers

RuNet Echo

Russia's Twitter users no longer have access to @b0ltai, an account belonging to a hacker collective that has leaked several Kremlin documents to the Internet over the past 7 months.

What Owen Arthur's Resignation Says About Barbados’ Politics

26 July 2014

Palestinians Accuse Israel of War Crimes, Push for ICC Trial Gets Support Online

Palestinian officials have started legal proceedings to put Israel on trial in the International Criminal Court for committing war crimes. Online, netizens tweet their support.

Venezuela Suspends -and Brings Back- Flights to Netherlands Antilles

Being A Black West Indian in Britain

Hollaback's AtréveteBA Fights Street Harassment in Buenos Aires

The website features a map that displays areas where harassment is most frequent and includes personal stories uploaded by victims.

Indians Are Using Social Media to Tackle Racism Against Northeasterners

Many people from the India's northeastern states, called the “Seven Sisters,” face racial discrimination. The country has seen several cases of deadly violence against northeasterners in recent months.

Spanish Congress Comission Approves AEDE Tax or Google Tax

Colombian Sentenced to Prision and Fined for Comments Online

25 July 2014

Russia's 4-Million-Ruble Procurement Order to Crack Tor Is Suddenly Revised

RuNet Echo

The Russian Interior Ministry has revised the language in a procurement order offering almost USD $100,000 for developing a way to decipher user data on the Tor anonymity network.

Russia Is About to Lose “Fake News,” But the Internet Freedoms Going with It Are Real

RuNet Echo

The owner of an independent TV channel has staged a curious "intellectual provocation" to shock people into understanding the peril of Internet freedom in Russia.

24 July 2014

Bahrain's Shia Muslims Tense as Politicians and Preachers Pledge Allegiance to ISIS

Back in 2011, Shia-Muslims complained of political and economic marginalization in the country of 1.3 million people, but recent events suggest a growing trend towards complete marginalization.