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· May, 2016

Stories about Citizen Media from May, 2016

20 May 2016

Creating a Space for Guinea's National Languages on the Internet

Rising Voices

"We must not make anyone feel marginalised because they have little or no understanding of the French language."

Brazilian Musicians Mount an Orchestra Against Brazil's Interim Government

Late German composer Carl Off's "Carmina Burana" was turned into a chant of "Fora Temer" (Temer Out), against Michel Temer's interim government.

Global Voices Partners With Groundviews From Sri Lanka

Global Voices and Groundviews have launched a partnership that will combine our focus on citizen media and Groundviews's analysis/expertise to bring our readers original and in-depth coverage from Sri Lanka.

Trinidad and Tobago Reconsiders Marriage Act After Push to Recognise Child Marriage as Abuse

Trinidad and Tobago is a society of contradictions: the legal age of sexual consent was recently raised from 16 to 18, even as another law on marriage differs significantly.

19 May 2016

A Japanese City Uses Frightening CGI to Teach Residents Tsunami Survival

Do you know where to run if a tsunami strikes? The city of Kamakura has created a simulation that aims to help residents answer this question.

Mexico Launches National Transparency Platform

Advox

Mexico has a new tool to combat the opacity of public servants and of those who govern. But its effectiveness in practice remains to be seen.

18 May 2016

Argentina's ‘March of the Cap’, a Movement That Won't Stay Silent on Deadly Police Brutality

"We are the guys and girls from the 'hoods, dances, and football fields, from the jails all over the country. We are the workers who fight every day for dignity".

‘Enfants du Pays’ Project Remembers Victims of Burundi’s Crisis With Life Stories and Artwork

"Thank you #EnfantsDuPays for making sure Burundians do not die 'twice.'"

The Oil Spill in the Adriatic Sea Is a Sneak Peek at Looming Natural Disasters

A malfunction at an oil refinery caused an oil spill in the Adriatic Sea off the coast in Croatia last week, wreaking havoc on the local environment and spreading panic.

17 May 2016

Pakistanis Demand Arrests as Threat of Violence Looms Over Christians of Chak 144

"We do not simply want the Police to 'defuse' the incident, we want them to arrest those who are whipping up hatred and plotting sectarian violence."

The Luhansk Excursions: Dashcams and Nostalgia in Eastern Ukraine

The Bridge

Videos of the contested eastern Ukraine city of Luhansk filmed with dashboard cameras have become a way for displaced residents to reconnect with their home.

Protests and Looting Rock Venezuela as Public Chaos Spreads

With shortages rising and a political crisis brewing, many have voiced worries that Venezuela seems to be flirting with potential disaster.

Ugandans Are Finally Back on Social Media After Days-Long Blackout

Advox

The Uganda Communications Commission ordered the sites blocked for "security reasons" ahead of President Yoweri Museveni's inauguration. Authorities also blocked access to social media during elections in February.

‘Biko Zulu’, ‘They Call Me Daktari’ and ‘Mummy Tales’ Among the Winners of the Kenyan Blog Awards

The winners of the Kenyan Blog Awards 2016 were announced at a gala event that took place on May 14 in Kenya's capital Nairobi.

27 Graffiti Murals From São Paulo's Suburbs That You Should Check Out

While graffiti from São Paulo's central neighborhoods are featured in international travel guides, those from the suburbs remain relatively unknown, even for the residents of Latin America's largest city.

Prepare for Pushback If You Call Jamaica Violent (Even Though It Can Be)

"These pockets of violence [...] are not as insignificant as we think. We have not begun to uncover the various forms of violence [...] in our society. Violence is pervasive."

16 May 2016

Cameroonian Rapper Valsero Launches a Scathing Musical Attack on President Biya's 33-Year Rule

"Look at these youths! All they dream of is to go far away / Look at these youths! They’ve lost the will to fight because it’s not worth it"

Russians Aren't Happy About Losing Eurovision, But They Weren't Happy Before, Either

RuNet Echo

Russia's narrow defeat this weekend in the 2016 Eurovision music contest wasn't the only tension in a competition full of lights, pyrotechnics, and nationalism.

The Government of Mozambique is “Spying on its Citizens”, According to @Verdade

Advox

The order to intercept information was secured by military command between 2012-2014, and installed by the Chinese ZTE Corporation. Listening in on citizens is said to have begun in 2013.

15 May 2016

Kyrgyzstan Embraces Google Street View

Now the local KGB don't even have to leave their office.

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