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· April, 2016

Stories about Citizen Media from April, 2016

Journalist Zoran Božinovski's Supporters Fear Extradition to Macedonia Puts Him at Risk of Torture

"The Serbian government will bear responsibility if Božinovski is exposed to inhuman treatment in Macedonian prisons."

Puerto Ricans Take Heart in ‘Hamilton’ Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda's Success

While Puerto Rico is in the midst of a financial crisis, dramaturg Lin-Manuel Miranda's success has brought happiness and hope.

Japan Gets Ready to Plant Rice During ‘Golden Week’

"Flooding the fields before planting really makes this a representative scene of Japan. The call of the Japanese nightingale echoes throughout the valley. I am entranced by the scene."

Three Brave Women Launch Campaign to Encourage Reporting Acts of Sexual Violence in Mexico

With the confidence that "when one of us is touched, we all respond", the "Don't remain silent" campaign encourages reporting acts of sexual violence committed daily against women in Mexico.

Azerbaijan's Hunger Games: Independent Media on the Brink

"We declare yet again, by opening this absurd criminal investigation the government of Azerbaijan is creating barriers to freedom of speech, and journalism activity."

Cheers and Jeers as Ugandan Female Researcher Undresses to Get Her Office Back

"Our society really needs to stop objectifying women!We need to understand them through the lens of intellectualism not sexism.#RotAtMISR"

How Ukraine Is Dealing With the European Refugee Crisis

While Ukrainian officials and right-wing activists use the refugee crisis to win political points and shape public opinion, the Middle Eastern refugees themselves aren't exactly flocking to settle in Ukraine.

Jamaica's Christian Conservatives Point Fingers at International Agencies Over Comprehensive Sex Education

"How can [...] advocates and health practitioners who understand the real world and people of faith [...] reach a point of common understanding for the benefit and welfare of all?"

Goodnight, Sweet Prince: The Caribbean Bids Farewell to the Consummate Artist

"Going to wear assless pants and eyeliner out of respect. I guess this is why Doves Cry. ‪#‎Prince‬."

Japan Battles to Care for 100,000 Kumamoto Residents Displaced By Quake

Hundreds of thousands of people continue to live in the open in Japan following powerful earthquakes, torrential rains, flooding and landslides.

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: Priorities, Anyone?

This week we take you to China, Mexico, Jamaica, Macedonia and Uganda, where we speak to Prudence Nyamishana who tells us why Ugandans are peeved at their government's priorities.

Following Olympics Drama, Trinidad & Tobago Fans Lobby for Gymnastics Board to Resign

"This is about years of horribly poor stewardship of the board of an organization, for whom it seems the welfare of athletes is nowhere on their to do list."

Marriage Equality Is Now Accepted by Colombia's Constitutional Court, but Still Not by All Colombians

"I respect other people's beliefs. You need to learn to respect those who think differently. Do you pray with that kind of language?"

Freeman, the Blog Bringing Mexico's Little-Known Mountain Culture to the Masses

"The spirit of adventure can be part of the life of anyone ready to face their fears"

A Little-Known Perspective on the Life of Homeless People in France—Their Own

"Why would a homeless person make a website? ...I will say that I am a computer programmer first and a homeless person second."

#NakedProtest Draws Attention to Rape Culture at South Africa's Rhodes University

"why does a woman willingly showing her skin offend you, but violence committed against her doesn't? #nakedprotest"

The Iranian Physicist Jailed for Refusing to Work on Nukes Is Dying Behind Bars

For a brief moment on April 21, world attention shifted to the physicist who's spent the past five years in prison for refusing to work on Iran's nuclear program.

The Most Powerful Man in Pakistan Just Did Something ‘Unprecedented and Bold’

In a move that's being called both “unprecedented and bold,” the most powerful man in Pakistan has dismissed half a dozen army officers over allegations of corruption.

Extraordinary Bubble-Like Clouds Blanket the Skies Over Kathmandu

"Incredible cloudscape almost inspired me as an abstract-impressionist-artist. Never saw in my life."

What If African Media Reported US Elections Like Western Media Report on Africa?

"Pressure is mounting on the Obama regime to allow international observers and peacekeepers after tribal violence marred election campaigns in the troubled north American nation."

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