Stories about Citizen Media from February, 2018
After Alleged Election Fraud and Protests, Honduran Congress Moves to Regulate Hate Speech Online
Hondurans fear censorship as congress debates Internet and social media regulation.
As the World Celebrates Bob Marley Day, Reggae is Changing and So Are Its Fans
"Consciousness and liberation are some of the messages we expect from Rasta, unfortunately, it [appears] Rasta has lost its value locally and as an agent of change in our society."
‘According to the Digital Security Law, I am a Spy': Bangladeshi Journalists Defend Their Right to Investigate
"The Digital Security Act (2018) is an Eyewash. It is section 57 (ICT Act) for all intent and purposes. All the provisions have merely been redistributed among other sections."
Five Attacks in the Last Year That Shook Kabul to Its Core
"We are human! Not numbers!"
In Afghanistan, Governors Don't Just Step Down Because the President Asks Them To
"Balkh (now) has two governors... One rules the province like a king, and refuses to leave. His successor can't get it in."
Nina Paley's ‘Seder-Masochism’ Film Explores Patriarchy in the Book of Exodus Through Animated Ancient Idols
"My interpretation of Exodus is that it's the establishment of complete patriarchy, the elimination of any remaining goddess-worship from older times."
A Judicial Coup? Maldives Court Orders Retrial and Immediate Release of Jailed Opposition Leaders
The Supreme Court of the Maldives ordered the immediate release of high-profile opposition leaders and ordered their retrials. This government has postponed the opening of this year's parliament session indefinitely.
It Is Not Only LGBT Jamaicans Who Welcome the Government's Ban of Controversial U.S. Preacher
"The Caribbean region has had a long history of oppressive teachings in the name of church and evangelism. We now need to facilitate healing and protection from further division [...]"
Burundi's Opposition Says Only ‘Yes’ Campaigning Is Allowed on Referendum to Extend President’s Rule
"The launch of the project to bury...the constitution by Nkurunziza is a declaration of war on the Burundian people. Between Nkurunziza and the Burundian people who will win?"
Building Resilience: Responding to Cyber Violence in Sri Lanka
Groundviews interviews five Sri Lankan women who have been targeted online, often through vicious commentary on their appearance. Photos were taken by Sri Lankan artist, photographer, and writer Deshan Tennekoon.
After a Top Model is Sent to a Mental Hospital, Vincentians Fear Politics and Patriarchy Are in Play
"If Yugge doesn’t have access to justice, what makes us think that any of us are protected?"
Exclusion and Judgement Won't Solve Crime in Trinidad & Tobago
"Individualism, selfishness and greed are not traits exclusive to our poster boys for crime. For many of us, unless there is transgression into our immediate space, we [aren't concerned]."
Jamaicans Call for Tougher Anti-Crime Measures as Yet Another Police Commissioner Resigns
"All eyes will be on the Police Service Commission as it prepares Jamaica for an uncertain future."