Stories about Citizen Media from January, 2015
Georgians Show Solidarity after Family is Massacred in Armenia
Joseph Smith documented a Facebook-organized event held in Georgia in support of Armenia, currently suffering following the massacre of a family by a Russian soldier near a Kremlin military installation.
One Month on, Pakistanis Pledge to #NeverForget the Horrific Peshawar School Massacre
Campaigners urged overseas Pakistanis to join “not just by sending funds, but by going to Pakistani embassies wherever they live” to send a strong message to the government.
Eight Years After His Death, Turkish-Armenian Hrant Dink Still Cannot Rest in Peace
Eight years ago today ethnic Armenian journalist Hrant Dink was murdered by a nationalist teenager in broad daylight. The rest of the story remains untold.
Five Issues that Matter to Kyrgyzstan's Girl-Activists
Kyrgyzstan's 'Devochki-Activistki' are young girls fighting for gender equality in schools and within families. Meet them ahead of their appearance at the Global Voices 2015 Summit in Cebu.
Asian Cup 2015: Iran Advances After Win Against Qatar
Iran booked its passage to the next round after beating Qatar.
Reports of Forced Religious Conversions Grab Headlines in India
On Christmas day, 59 Christians in Kerala reportedly were "converted" to Hinduism by two Hindu nationalist organizations with ties to the leading BJP party. What happened to religious tolerance?
Colombia's New Minimum Wage Generates Minimum Enthusiasm
On December 30, 2014, Colombia's government raised the minimum wage by 4.6 percent to 644,350 Colombian pesos ($273). On social media, the disappointment of many has been palpable.
Outrage in Colombia over ‘Little Miss Thong’ Child Beauty Pageant
In a controversial Colombian beauty pageant known as "Little Miss Thong," participants, sponsored by the local city hall, are bikini-wearing girls as young a six-years-old.
Antarctic Misadventure Sparks Scandal for Russian MPs
When two Duma deputies set off to plant the Russian flag atop the highest mountain in Antartica, they probably did't expect their trip would spark a political scandal.
Civil Liberties vs. Terrorism: What Are We Willing to Give Up?
European Union Interior Ministers are considering measures to combat terrorism in the region, which many have branded as draconian.
This Newspaper's Headlines Have Become Too Much for Many Readers in Venezuela
Últimas Noticas' January 12 front page mobilized Twitter users this week, when readers decided the newspaper's political bias has gone too far.
Why Hasn't the Baga Massacre Made as Many Headlines as the Charlie Hebdo Attack?
Is it because of Western media's skewed news priorities? The Nigerian government's own tight-lipped response? Local Nigerian media's ineptitude? The answer is all three, argues Nwachukwu Egbunike.
A 16-Year-Old's Death Is Forcing Ethiopia to Confront Its Sexual Violence Problem
Hanna Lalango was 16 years old when she was kidnapped while riding home from school, gang-raped and left severely injured on an Addis Ababa street.
Déjà Vu in Brazil as Police Crack Down on Protests Against Public Transportation Fare Hikes
January 2015 already resembles June 2013: hikes in transport fares in different Brazilian cities have sent hundreds of people into the streets, only to be met with police violence.
Outspoken ‘Israeli Zionist Arab Muslim’ Teen Emerges from Hiding in the US
"I had to leave Israel...for trying to show the world the real face of regular Arabs and Muslims who're simply sick of their leaders' corruption and unlimited hate..."
Sketch Comic Faces Accusations of ‘Glorifying’ Terrorism in Spain
The day after the attack on Charlie Hebdo in France, a Spanish judge summoned satirist Facu Díaz for questioning about a satirical sketch broadcast on his online TV show.
The French Media’s ‘Charlie Hebdo’ Narrative Isn’t for Everyone in France
One schoolteacher pushes back against the French mainstream media's coverage of minority attitudes about the deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo.
‘So Many Kids Lost in Such a Small Place': St. Vincent Mourns Bus Disaster
A bus plunged off a cliff in northern St. Vincent, leaving at least five young people dead as it crashed onto the rocky coastline.
Croatia Makes History With First Woman President, But Her Politics Worry Some Voters
Croatia is deeply divided politically. Kolinda Grabar Kitarović managed a narrow win over incumbent President Ivo Jospović in the runoff in January 2015 with 50.74% of the votes.
Nigerians Blast Government's Response (or Lack Thereof) to Boko Haram's Baga Massacre
Those politicians who have responded to the massacre are busy quibbling over the death toll, which ranges from 150 to 2,000 people. Netizens are furious.
What Snow Can Tell You About Russia's Local Politics
Russia is notorious for having a weak civil society and an oppressive government, but that reputation isn't equally deserved throughout the country.