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· February, 2016

Stories about Digital Activism from February, 2016

29 February 2016

Macedonians Protest to ‘Defend the Constitution from the Constitutional Court Justices’

"Apparently it's perfectly legal to do election fraud, and whatever crimes you commit as long as the court approves it"

Macedonian Court Rejects Appeal by Activist Sentenced for Defaming Pro-Government TV Host

Five years after the case first began, Macedonia's judiciary has finally rejected an appeal by an activist convicted defaming a pro-government television show host.

Youth NGOs in Central and Eastern Europe Tackle Corruption With a New Documentary Series

In the former Yugoslavia and former USSR, "from kindergarten to university, generations of children and students grow up learning about corruption from their own experiences."

27 February 2016

Efforts Continue to Free Indigenous Activist and Ex-Director of Community Police in Mexico

Thirty months after Nestora Salgado's arrest, efforts to free her continue. The charges against her haven't been dropped even though international bodies have recognized her detention is illegal and arbitrary.

25 February 2016

Ukrainian Court Equates Social Network Profile With Mainstream Media

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

The social media pages containing "calls to overthrow authorities" were determined by the court to be "mass media" because they were public and accessible to an unlimited number of people.

Why Are People Calling John Kerry a “Thug” Online?

As the Geneva 3 Conference kicked off on January 29, tens of thousands of tweets used the hashtag #KerryTheThug to condemn US Secretary of State John Kerry's comments on Syria.

24 February 2016

Bolivians Use Social Media to Expose Electoral Fraud in President Morales’ Referendum

"None of this is new. But this time, it shows the power of social media, and that now we are able to impact a campaign with the truth."

Iberian Media Collectives Will Gather in Portugal to Debate Alternative News

Alternative media from Portugal and Spain will share their experiences because "it is urgent that we find other ways to communicate and to make and transmit information."

23 February 2016

Dear Karachi City Officials, ‘Fix It’. (Or Else.)

Alamgir Khan's #fixit campaign has rallied young Karachiites into action has taken up the responsibility of fixing some of the city's most detrimental issues.

22 February 2016

Hard Labor for Woman Who Reposted Online Criticism of Russia's Actions in Ukraine

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

A Russian court found Vologzheninova guilty of "discrediting the political order" and of "inciting enmity" by reposting or liking online material critical of Russia’s actions in Crimea and in Donbas.

Albanian Police Use Force Against Protesters Defending the Capital's Last Public Park

One police officer was heard threatening them with the words: "There will be blood!"

21 February 2016

Ghanaian Facebook Commentator Sued For Defamation by Deputy Attorney General

Global Voices Advocacy

'Is there any fundraising effort to support our brother Evron Rothschild Hughes fight this impudence of a libel suit filed against free speech by Ghana's Deputy Attorney General?'

20 February 2016

Protests at Indian Universities Add Fuel to Public Outrage Over Sedition Laws

The arrest of student leader Kanhaiya Kumar on sedition charges has posed a rare legitimacy test for Prime Minister Nahendra Modi and his "intolerant" ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.

Brazilian Activist Flooded With Death Threats After Newspaper Runs Phony Interview

The well-known Brazilian journalist, teacher, and human rights activist Leonardo Sakamoto says he started receiving death threats after a small newspaper published a fake interview with him earlier this month.

The KRA Factor: The Shaming of Kadyrov’s Online Critics

RuNet Echo

The Chechen ideologists have invented a highly effective way of influencing their online critics. The method has been tested in Chechnya and is now being used outside of the republic.

19 February 2016

Kyrgyz Language Is Part of Google Translate!

The world's most popular multilingual statistical machine translation service has a new addition: the Kyrgyz language.

18 February 2016

A Blogger Exposes Personal Data Protection Flaw on Macedonia's Election Commission Website

Global Voices Advocacy

"The mishap is at a very amateurish level from the perspective of professional principles of working with personal data on the open Web."

Colombia Introduces Harsher Prison Sentences for Acid Attacks

Every year, an average of 100 people suffer an acid attack in Colombia, where recently a law was passed to tough sentences and take judicial benefits away from the perpetrators.

Hungary’s Teachers Are Mad As Hell and They’re Not Taking It Anymore

Dissatisfaction with the declining state of Hungarian education has been brewing for years and has culminated in a protest by 30,000 people in Budapest.

17 February 2016

It's Finally Official: Port of Spain's Mayor Resigns Over His Victim-Blaming Remarks

"Some of these old dogmatic doctrines of […] rural Trinidad and, and the Trinidadian society of the 50s and the 60s are no longer relevant in a modern world."

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