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Stories about Digital Activism

26 May 2020

Not just a number: Online memorial honors Brazil's COVID-19 victims

"After a while, those numbers start to lose their meaning, they become something like a clock, a warning, anything but people. And we start to become desensitized."

21 May 2020

In Tunisia, women stand on the frontlines of targeted hate speech online

Advox

In Tunisia, an uprising toppled leadership and lead to revolution in 2011. Since then, digital space has witnessed heated debates about politics and society — including attacks against women activists and...

20 May 2020

COVID-19-themed Global Voices story stars in Czech translation competition

GV Community BlogCOVID-19

Moderator Jan Faber spoke with GV about record-breaking participation in this year's edition, the future of translation and common errors that foreigners make when writing in Czech.

19 May 2020

In Algeria, online repression targets Amazigh protesters active in Hirak movement

Advox

In Algeria, the Amazigh people are often associated with France, Algeria's former colonial power. Racial slurs online accuse this group of being separatists who threaten "national unity."

18 May 2020

Nepali Muslims eye India's growing Islamophobia with fear

COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the status of already vulnerable minority Muslims in Nepal.

16 May 2020

Photo contest asks Rohingya community to document their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19

A photography competition for Rohingya people is being held from April 23 – August 23, 2020, featuring two broad categories – “Rohingya life” and “Response to Coronavirus” and entries can...

15 May 2020

Women journalists in Uganda carry ‘double burden’ with online attacks and harassment

Advox

Women journalists in Uganda carry the double burden of gender-based abuse online and potential threats related to political reporting. These threats have led women journalists to withdraw from public discourse. 

13 May 2020

‘Corona Ciao': Parody of old revolutionary song goes viral in the Balkans

COVID-19

Insult to revolutionary heritage, paean to middle-aged tavern-going privilege or just a bit of fun?

12 May 2020

Honduran congresswoman claims she was blocked from virtual plenary session

COVID-19

In times of COVID-19 and confinement, the use of technology that replaces in-person meetings could undermine democratic processes, through sheer inefficiency or by malice.

Amid COVID-19 pandemic in Niger, government violates whistleblowers’ freedom of speech

COVID-19

Today in Niger, freedom of demonstration, assembly and speech are endangered, flouted by the unelected administrative authorities of various municipalities in the country.

11 May 2020

In Bangladesh, criticism of government response to the COVID-19 pandemic is risky

AdvoxCOVID-19

"Would it be wrong if someone says that the authorities in Bangladesh, equipped with Digital Security Act, launched a crackdown on those critical to the government?"

Russians in lockdown celebrate a subdued Victory Day online

RuNet EchoCOVID-19

There were no parades this year. But the RuNet's resourcefulness prepared Russia well to commemorate Victory Day in lockdown — seamlessly converting the largest public holiday into a mass online event.

7 May 2020

Hong Kong protesters make online game their new home during pandemic

Hong Kong's protesters are aching to take to the streets again. In the meantime, they are taking to their screens.

After disappearing for 53 days, Bangladeshi journalist is found and sent to jail

Advox

Fifty-three days after his abduction in from of his office in Dhaka, Bangladesh, photojournalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol was found alive in Benapole, near the border of Bangladesh with India.

5 May 2020

‘While I breathe, I hope’: In conversation with Ali Gharavi of the #Istanbul10

Advox

Gharavi, a security consultant, was among ten human rights defenders arrested in Turkey in July 2017 at an information management and well-being workshop.

4 May 2020

Baloch journalist found dead in Sweden

Advox

In recent months, several Pakistani activists and bloggers living in Europe have claimed to have been targeted for speaking up against human rights violations in Pakistan.

Netizens from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand brew ‘Milk Tea Alliance’ against Chinese speech police

Stars who depend on China's lucrative market have to watch what they say. Ordinary netizens? Not so much.

30 April 2020

A feeling of hopelessness: Interview with a Uyghur refugee in Turkey

The Chinese government policy of racial and religious profiling has forced young Uyghurs to leave China and remain in exile.

‘Language revolt': This activist tweets against erasure of first languages in South Africa

Rising Voices

A language reclamation activist confronts linguistic imperialism and the dehumanisation of two South African first languages through digital inclusion advocacy.

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