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· May, 2017

Stories about Citizen Media from May, 2017

19 May 2017

Argentines Rally Against Ruling That Could Shorten Prison Sentences of Dictatorship-Era Criminals

"Argentina cannot go backwards on human rights issues. The message of impunity cannot invade our streets”

18 May 2017

‘Cyber Warrior’ Group Threatens to Extort Indian Women on Facebook

Advox

Threats of character assassination and extortion can carry severe real-life consequences, especially for women.

17 May 2017

Cybercrime Charges Against Jamaica's Tambourine Army Founder Dropped

Advox

Jamaica's Director of Public Prosecutions has dropped all three charges against activist La Toya Nugent, under the country's Cybercrimes Act.

Political Bad-Mouthing in Trinidad and Tobago Sullies Opening of Stadium Named for Cricketer Brian Lara

Politics and sport may be inextricably linked, as evidenced by the online commentary following the opening of the Brian Lara Stadium in south Trinidad.

Iran Elections 2017: Hassan Rouhani Ran on Openness. But What Did He Actually Achieve?

Advox

Hassan Rouhani has been both the candidate and President of "hope and moderation" for Iranians. Article 19's report assesses how this has had an affect on freedoms online.

14 May 2017

Activists Say Azerbaijan’s Media Is Spreading Fear and Hate of Queer People

"Sometimes journalists forget their power, and mislead people with their unprofessional manners."

Did Tajikistan’s ‘First Parrot’ Flee Its Gilded Cage?

A media blackout regarding the status of the bird supposedly belonging to a top member of the ruling family failed to stop the jokes.

Bangladesh: Where Heavy Metal Dies at the Doorstep

Heavy metal fans in Bangladesh were heartbroken after Brazilian death metal bands Krisiun and NervoChaos were forbidden from performing at their sold-out concert in the capital Dhaka.

13 May 2017

New Documentary Throws Shade on Police Investigation Into Dissident Journalist's Murder in Kyiv

A new investigative report challenges the role of Ukraine's authorities in a stalled murder case surrounding a dissident journalist assassinated in Kyiv last summer.

12 May 2017

Bangladesh's LGBT Community Launches a Blog Commemorating Slain Activists

Advox

"How can I live in this country, where if I were to be killed people would rejoice over a cup of tea that there is one less LGBT person?"

10 May 2017

A Femicide in Mexico Prompts Women to Imagine ‘If They Killed Me’

"If they kill me, they will slander and criminalize me. It will be for something that I did or did not do, it does not matter."

Where to Find the Best African Food in Paris, According to the African Diaspora

Global Voices reviews of the best African restaurants in the Paris region, tried and tested by natives, as well as those discovering African food for the first time.

8 May 2017

Tunisian Media Activist Interrogated Over Sources of Leaked Documents

Advox

Sami Ben Gharbia is a significant figure in independent media and digital human rights activism in Tunisia and the Arab region.

Young Slovaks Seem to Have Higher Work Standards Than Previous Generations. Is That Good or Bad?

"...it's not about laziness, but about human dignity if wages for work do not cover the basic costs of the workforce"

6 May 2017

A Bus Crash Claims the Lives of Dozens of Children in Northern Tanzania

The East African nation has one of the highest rates of road fatalities on the continent.

The Objectification of Women in the Sri Lankan Press

The representation of women in Sri Lankan media over the years has breached many ethical standards, resulting in the reinforcement of negative stereotypes.

5 May 2017

Jamaica Furthers Its Missing Child Prevention and Recovery Efforts With Facebook Alert System

A new Facebook initiative in conjunction with the Jamaican government, the first of its kind in the region, aims to make it easier to identify and hopefully find missing children.

Omani Authorities Block Access to Online Magazine Mowatin

Advox

The independent magazine was blocked by Oman authorities on World Press Freedom Day, hours after resuming publication.

Wanna Share News on Social Media? With China's New Rules, You'll Need a Permit For That.

Advox

"It is like asking us to uninstall all the communication tools or else whenever you speak, you could violate the law."

Is India's Aadhaar System an Instrument For Surveillance?

Advox

"Repeat after me: Aadhaar is surveillance technology masquerading as secure authentication technology."