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Stories about Digital Activism

12 August 2019

A Brazilian journalist uses deepfake to make political satire

"They are not made to forge a reality, but a certain situation, with humour and in a critical way."

9 August 2019

Netizen Report: Journalists are under fire from Cambodia to Cuba — and beyond

Advox

Across the globe, journalists are facin charges of everything from espionage to tax evasion.

7 August 2019

Tanzanian journalist faces trumped-up charges after abduction and detention

Advox

Freelance ournalist Erick Kabendera has written critically of Tanzanian President John Magufuli's increasingly repressive administration. Yesterday, authorities charged him with economic crimes, but critics say his only "crime" is journalism.

6 August 2019

Sentencing of Turkish social media influencer sparks debate on free speech

Advox

A Turkish Twitter celebrity is being sued for allegedly advocating drug consumption, reigniting the debate about online freedom of expression

3 August 2019

In Azerbaijan, trolls keep us at each other’s throats

The Bridge

"Recently I half-jokingly wrote on my Facebook page. . . that “being from Azerbaijan is a terminal diagnosis incompatible with happiness.”

2 August 2019

Ugandan feminist Stella Nyanzi deploys nude protest to challenge free speech sentence

Advox

Feminist scholar Stella Nyanzi, known for "radical rudeness" as protest, flashed her breasts and shouted obscenities in protest in court after receiving 9 more months in prison for cyber harassment.

25 July 2019

After two straight weeks of protests, Puerto Ricans force governor to resign

Secretary of Justice Wanda Vázquez will be Puerto Rico's second female governor.

Twitter campaign by Pakistani ruling party warns media against anti-state criticism

Advox

According to the government, the idea behind the series of tweets was not to ridicule but to ‘educate’ the media. However, the activists feel otherwise amidst troll attacks.

23 July 2019

Acute water shortage hits Chennai in India

The lives of 9 million people are affected in southern India, as Chennai, one of the six fastest-growing cities in the world, faces the worst water crisis in its history.

19 July 2019

What do Zimbabwe’s internet disruptions say about the state of digital rights in the country?

Advox

Government officials have repeatedly described access to social media as a potential threat, hinting that more disruptions would not be ruled out in the future. 

18 July 2019

The organization and future of the Hong Kong anti-extradition protests

Professor Francis Li shared insights into protesters' organization strategies and discussed the future of the movement during a public salon at the Hong Kong cafe Brew Note.

16 July 2019

‘No VAT on Pad’ protests prompt Bangladesh government to remove proposed tax

Amidst protests, the Bangladesh government decided to scrap the proposed increase of VAT and supplementary duty on the manufacturing materials for locally made sanitary pads.

Kremlin's new law against ‘online disrespect’ proves hard to implement

RuNet EchoAdvox

The law allows courts to fine or jail people found guilty of making “insulting statements” towards the authorities online.

15 July 2019

Chinese-Australian writer Yang Hengjun still detained by Beijing after six months

Advox

There have been concerns that he has not received adequate support from the Australian government.

11 July 2019

Macedonian PM publicly apologizes after he was deceived by pro-Kremlin Russian pranksters

In the video, the Russian pranksters pretend to be the former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Nigerian students face cybercrime charges for criticising their university online

Advox

A former staff member described Madonna University as a ''death trap''.

8 July 2019

How one journalist sparked Armenia’s #MeToo moment

An Armenian journalist has started collecting and publishing anonymous accounts of sexual assault, provoking an uncomfortable but deeply necessary public debate.

5 July 2019

New York Times ad for Nairobi bureau chief riddled with clichés about Africa

The NYT’s language to describe their ideal Nairobi bureau chief reignited the debate on Western media's perpetual use of tired clichés and tropes about Africa.

Is Cuba trying to outlaw independent media? A new decree will prohibit foreign web hosting

Advox

“The law leaves independent media without ‘legal’ hosting options,” said local journalist and Global Voices author Elaine Diaz.

4 July 2019

This Jamaican woman is fighting ‘period poverty’ and daunting attitudes about reproductive health

"This ‘hush hush’ attitude to female reproductive health is dangerous. If we are able to talk openly, there are a lot of benefits. The silence stops you from getting help."

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