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· December, 2015

Stories about Citizen Media from December, 2015

28 December 2015

2015 End-of-Year Quiz: Test Your Russian Internet News Knowledge

RuNet Echo

Think you're a Russian Internet guru? Take our 2015 news quiz to see how closely you've been following the RuNet Echo stories during the past year.

Sri Lanka's President Says Enrique Iglesias Concert Organisers Should Be ‘Whipped With Toxic Stingray Tails’

President Sirisena didn't like that female fans hugged and kissed the pop star, nor that someone threw her bra onstage. Sri Lankans didn't take to his "moral policing" kindly.

Syrian Filmmaker Naji Jerf Killed in Turkey After Exposing ISIS Crimes in Aleppo

Advox

Syrian film-maker Naji Jerf, 38, was shot dead in broad daylight in Gaziantep, Turkey, for uploading a video exposing ISIS crimes in Aleppo, Syria, on YouTube.

27 December 2015

Many Afghans See Their Future with India, Not Pakistan

A wave of Afghan social media love accompanied Indian PM Narendra Modi during his visit to Kabul.

26 December 2015

Christmas Around the World in 17 Photos

Many thanks to the Global Voices members who shared photos from their celebrations and Christmas dinner tables.

25 December 2015

Following in São Paulo's Footsteps, Brazilian Students in Goiás Are Occupying Their Schools Too

"The fighting spirit that animated 2013 remains alive."

Russian Censors Launch Automatic Online Media Monitoring System to Spot ‘Extremist’ Content

RuNet EchoAdvox

Roscomnadzor initially had ambitious plans to monitor all of the Russian Internet for extremist materials, but didn't have enough funding, so decided to focus on online media outlets.

24 December 2015

Christmas in Japan? Get Ready for Running Trees, Dazzling Lights, and Fried Chicken

Japan has its own unique approach to Christmas that includes amazing light displays, delicate cakes and delicious fried chicken.

Advox by the Numbers: 2015 in Digital Rights

Advox

In 2015, Turkey blocked 166 websites for publishing one controversial image, Thai activists knocked 5 government websites offline in a virtual "sit-in", and Mexico spent $6.3 million on surveillance software.

From Hallacas to Horchata, the Tastes of Latin America's Holiday Season

“Vitello tonnato” in Argentina, Russian salad in Venezuela and turkey in Peru. Explore the sweet and savory of the festive season in Latin America, as told by Global Voices contributors.

23 December 2015

25 Years After Officially Closing, Kyrgyzstan's Biggest Dump Is Still Rancid and Expanding

Is the toxic, anarchic landfill that has troubled Bishkek for over two decades about to be brought to heel?

This Year on GV Face We Took You to Gaza, Budapest, Beirut, Paris and Beyond

GV Face

This has been a fascinating year on GV Face, our Hangout series where we try to understand the world through discussions with our on-ground experts -- Global Voices community members.

Award-Winning Citizen Journalist Ahmad Almossa Killed in Idlib, Syria

Advox

Ahmad Mohamed Almossa, a member of Syrian citizen journalism collective Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS), was assassinated by masked men in northern Syria, the group announced on Twitter.

The Bridge From Russia to Crimea Doesn't Exist Yet, But It Already Has an Instagram Account

RuNet Echo

Cats can help improve your bridge construction project's social media strategy, especially if you need to draw attention away from how slow and expensive your project is.

What Will it Take to End Police Brutality in Armenia?

A complacent executive and uncaring judiciary have given a free hand to the Caucasus country's unloved police force.

On Politics, Big Contracts and Parties in Trinidad & Tobago

Government ministers are seen socialising with corruption accused. The president of a corruption watchdog organisation is forced to resign. Coincidence? One blogger calls foul and tries to connect the dots.

22 December 2015

Countries Declare States of Emergency in the Face of El Niño

“This El Niño and human-induced climate change may interact and modify each other in ways which we have never before experienced. El Niño is turning up the heat even further.”

The Syrian Conflict Won't Steal My Christmas

The Bridge

In a country in the throes of war, celebrating Christmas can be an act of both profound naïvete and staunch resistance.

Meet the People Who Want to Repeal Russia's Draconian Laws

RuNet Echo

A group of Russian intellectuals has created a public council to determine which Russian laws limit human rights and freedoms, and to recommend that such laws be repealed.

Bangladesh Will Demand Biometric Data From All SIM Card Users

Advox

The scheme will create a massive database of citizens' communications data that could give the government unprecedented access to the mobile communications of Bangladeshi citizens.

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