Stories about Digital Activism from May, 2016
Four Years and an Impeached President Later, Paraguay's Curuguaty Massacre Is Still in the Shadows
"The Curuguaty massacre can be seen as an event orchestrated to feed the trial and the parliamentary coup against Fernando Lugo’s government."
Hindu Religious Leader Tells Child Marriage Critics in Trinidad & Tobago to ‘Mind Your Own Damn Business’
"That’s exactly the sort of idea that, if you let bounce around in your head for a bit, leads to an aneurysm."
‘It's Not a Compliment’ Campaign in Guyana Uses Personal Stories to Fight Street Harassment
"I think respect for women is vital and it starts with everyday interactions."
Russian Citizen Imprisoned for Filming Police Detaining Hijab-Wearing Women in Tajikistan
"Then they are surprised, when people go to join ISIS."
Ghanaians Oppose Shutdown of Social Media Platforms During Elections
"This kind of thinking is unacceptable."
Uproar, Victim-Blaming on Brazilian Social Media After Gang Rape Video Shared on Twitter
"This reveals a society that is criminal and violent against women, which sees that a woman’s body as made for man's consumption."
‘I Do Not Want Any Children to Develop Cancer Like Me’, a Fukushima Resident Says
An independent filmmaker interviewed a young woman from Fukushima Prefecture, ground zero of the March 2011 nuclear disaster, who has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer.
Russian Media and Internet Users Debate the Ethics of Reporting on Teenage Suicide
Russian censors have blocked dozens of communities on social network VKontakte after an ethically murky media investigation accused these communities of pressuring teenage users to take their own lives.
A Novel About the ‘Anonymous People Who Every Day Live, Love, Resist and Struggle’ for Syria
"We hear little of those who resist, construct and reconstruct, in an increasingly difficult context," says activist, journalist, and Global Voices author Leila Nachawati Rego about her new novel.
A New Campaign Encourages Latin American Indigenous Communities to Create Their Own Media
"By creating our own media, we, the indigenous peoples, are protagonists of our own history..."
Ghanaian Minister Vows Not to Ban Whatsapp, Skype and Viber Calls
"Methinks the telcos need to smell the coffee because the traditional 'voice game' is over, and with it, the monopoly profits they used to make."
‘Soldiers’ Mothers’ Launch Mobile App to Protect Draftees’ Rights in Russia
Soldiers' Mothers of Saint Petersburg, a non-profit providing legal aid and advice to army draftees in Russia, has launched a mobile app to help draftees protect their rights.
In Japan, the Panama Papers Are Met With a Collective Shrug
"If the government doesn't get mad and stays quiet, it's the Japanese people who will have the last laugh."
Global Voices Interviews Activists From ‘Defense of Democracy’ Committee Who Say Poland Is in Peril
The Committee for the Defense of Democracy accuses the Polish government of destroying the country's democratic foundations. So what now? Global Voices talks to three of the movement's figures.
Andacollo, The Chilean City Surrounded by Mine Tailings
Chile, a mining country, has a large number of mine tailing deposits that are potential contamination risks.
Creating a Space for Guinea's National Languages on the Internet
"We must not make anyone feel marginalised because they have little or no understanding of the French language."
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.
‘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.'"
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."
Kyrgyzstan Embraces Google Street View
Now the local KGB don't even have to leave their office.
Ethiopian Blogger and Activist Sentenced to Five Years and Four Months
Ethiopia's state prosecutor conflated digital security training with terrorism. A local judge agreed.