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· June, 2010

Stories about Digital Activism from June, 2010

Haiti: MSM Coverage

  30 June 2010

The Haitian Blogger says that “mainstream media pieces about Haiti are like Swiss cheese, full of holes.”

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Chile: From California to Chile on Biodiesel

  30 June 2010

Maria Jose Calderon and Carlos Herrera embarked on a 6-month road trip from California, USA to Chile in a biodiesel truck. The couple traveled Latin America in search of grassroots initiatives to help the environment, and they documented their findings and their journey through videos, photos and blogging.

Cuba: Spotlight on Fariñas

  29 June 2010

“In the wake of the death of political prisoner Orlando Zapata Tamayo, Cuban independent journalist Guillermo Fariñas started a hunger strike to demand the release of some two dozen seriously ill political prisoners”: As his condition worsens, Uncommon Sense applauds his bravery.

Italy: Large protest against “gag” rule bill on local media

  29 June 2010

“No Bavaglio” (No Gag) is a large protest movement in Italy against a proposed privacy law that would impose heavy fines on newspapers (and blogs) that publish transcripts of phone calls. The law is suspect, because wiretapping has played a key role in media investigations that have led to mafia...

Argentina: Social Media Day in Buenos Aires

  29 June 2010

Listao [es] shares that on June 30, the official Social Media day, social media users are invited to get together to celebrate the day in Buenos Aires. Users can sign up on a special site for the event on Mashable Meetups [es].

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Armenia-Azerbaijan: More Conflict Voices

As mentioned in previous posts on Global Voices, new and social media is increasingly playing a role in facilitating communication between Armenians and Azerbaijanis online. Locked into a bitter conflict over the disputed territory of Nagorno Karabakh, there are few other possibilities for connecting other than meeting in third countries.

Russia: Chechen President Launches Blog

RuNet Echo  27 June 2010

Ramzan Kadyrov [EN], president of the Chechen Republic [EN], launched a blog ya-kadyrov [RUS] at Livejournal. In his first post Kadyrov writes that he is “a sociable and to the limit outspoken person”, and that he “hopes to develop friendship and discuss various events with his readers”. There is no option to...

East Timor: “Blogs Factory” Announces Production Cuts

  25 June 2010

Fábrica dos Blogs [Blogs Factory, pt], a collective that feeds blog Timor Lorosae Nação (one of the most active sources of information and places for discussion about that country, in Portuguese), announced today that, after almost four years online, it will cut its publishing frequency from daily to weekly, due...

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Taiwan: “When the Excavators Came to the Rice Fields”

  23 June 2010

Now occupying only 1.8% of total GDP in Taiwan, no one can deny that local agriculture has lost its once highly-respected status and is almost dying under many political decisions that are not in favor of agriculture. Or we can say that farming is no longer regarded as important and...

Cuba: Ferrer Released

  23 June 2010

Several Cuban bloggers report that prisoner of conscience, Dr. Desi Ferrer, has been released, but must serve the remaining four months of his prison term under house arrest.

Cuba: Letter for Ferrer

  22 June 2010

“Just know I will be watching. And as I have done for almost 5 years on my blog, I will be holding you and your government to account what it does on Tuesday…and so will many others around the world”: Uncommon Sense publishes his letter to the Cuban government on...

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World: Protecting Human Rights on Citizen Video

  21 June 2010

Making a video to protect human rights might backfire and end up threatening the rights of those who appear or participate in the video. WITNESS' The Hub shares with us how we can make a human rights video that gets the message across while minimizing the risk to those involved.

China: The citizens’ pledge

  21 June 2010

C. Custer from China Geek translated a citizens’ pledge written by a blogger, Tiger Temple, and circulated around the Internet. The pledge is a moral statement against social and political corruption.

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